My research interests include Engineering Materials and Design, Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing), Industry 4.0, Timber and Composite Structures, Recycling, Sustainability and Waste management.
I previously worked as a Researcher/Lecturer at the University of Liverpool, and currently work as a Research Fellow/Lecturer in Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) working towards Industry 4.0. This is part of a European Union project entitled SAM (Sector Skills Strategy in Additive Manufacturing) at Brunel University London. I completed my PhD degree in Engineering (Composite Structures) at Lancaster University in 2016, having graduated from the University of Liverpool with a First Class in Mechanical Engineering in 2013.
I am also a Writer and Speaker, and I have presented around the world, including in Sweden, South Korea, Italy, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Portugal and the UK. Furthermore, I have published 12 academic conference papers, ten peer-reviewed journal papers and the chapter of a book (July 2020).
I have supervised several Undergraduate, Masters and PhD Students from the University of Liverpool and Lancaster University, worked on technical R&D projects, supported businesses and SMEs, and also keen to be part of the development of innovative solutions to overcome technical challenges, therefore, I am interested in new collaborations. Please get in touch!
One of my major goals is to inspire and motivate young people, and have recently designed a website (www.drsotayo.com) to inspire different people.
Some of my academic honours and achievements include:
- Association of British Turkish Academics (ABTA) Doctoral Researcher Award in 2018 – Honourable Mention in Engineering
- Winner of the 2016 Institution of Engineering and Technology Present Around the World (PATW) Competition (Lancashire and Cumbria Region)
- Top 100 Future Leaders in 2014 by Powerful Media
- Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) Best Student in 2013
- Norbury Medal for Best Student in 2013, University of Liverpool
- Stack Award for Personal Development in 2013, University of Liverpool
- International Student Award for Personal Development in 2013, University of Liverpool
- Vice Chancellor's Attainment Scholarship for Academic Excellence from 2010 – 2013, University of Liverpool
PhD Engineering, Lancaster University
BEng Mechanical Engineering (1st Class), University of Liverpool
Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA)
Associate Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (AMIMechE)
Newest selected publications
Sotayo, A., Bradley, DF., Bather, M., Oudjene, M., El-Houjeyri, I. and Guan, Z. (2020) 'Development and structural behaviour of adhesive free laminated timber beams and cross laminated panels'. Construction and Building Materials, 259. pp. 119821 - 119821. ISSN: 0950-0618
Bouhala, L., Fiorelli, D., Makradi, A., Belouettar, S., Sotayo, A., Bradley, DF. and (2020) 'Advanced numerical investigation on adhesive free timber structures'. Composite Structures, 246. pp. 112389 - 112389. ISSN: 0263-8223et al.
Sotayo, A., Bradley, D., Bather, M., Sareh, P., Oudjene, M., El-Houjeyri, I., (2020) 'Review of state of the art of dowel laminated timber members and densified wood materials as sustainable engineered wood products for construction and building applications'. Developments in the Built Environment, 1. pp. 100004 - 100004. ISSN: 2666-1659et al.
El-Houjeyri, I., Thi, VD., Oudjene, M., Khelifa, M., Rogaume, Y., Sotayo, A. and (2019) 'Experimental investigations on adhesive free laminated oak timber beams and timber-to-timber joints assembled using thermo-mechanically compressed wood dowels'. Construction and Building Materials, 222. pp. 288 - 299. ISSN: 0950-0618et al.
Sotayo, A., Green, S. and Turvey, G. (2019) 'Experimental investigation and Finite Element (FE) analysis of the load-deformation response of PVC fencing structures'. Structures, 19. pp. 424 - 435. ISSN: 2352-0124