Yassin Osman teaches Hydraulics and Urban Drainage Systems courses. He has over 23 years of academic and industrial experiences in areas of water resources, hydrological modelling, climate change and environmental engineering, which also involved working in Sudan, Ireland, and the UK. The last 8 years of his career was spent in the UK Water Industry in which he worked as consultant for the Environment Agency and different UK Water Companies on projects related to flood and pollution risk modelling. Concurrent with working in the industry, he continued to contribute to academia through participating in supervision of knowledge transfer partnership research.

Academic Qualifications

  • PhD (Civil Engineering) University College Dublin, Ireland (2001)
  • MSc (Hydrology) University College Galway, Ireland (1996)
  • MEng (Environmental Engineering) University of Khartoum, Sudan (1994)
  • PgCert
  • BE (Hons) Civil Engineering, University of Khartoum, Sudan (1989)

Professional Memberships

  • CEng, Chartered Engineer (UK Engineering Council).
  • CEnv, Chartered Environmentalist (The Society for Environment, UK)
  • C.WEM, Chartered Water and Environmental Manager (CIWEM)
  • MCIWEM, Chartered Member of CIWEM (The Chartered Institute for Water and Environmental Management)
  • FHEA, Fellow of Higher Education Academy 

Academic Interests

I have twofold of academic interests: (1) to contribute to advancement of environmental modelling through research, and (2) to find the best possible way engineering can be taught to students.

Academic Responsibilities

Developing teaching modules, conducting research, teaching and providing supervision for MSc and PhD research.

Appointment History

  • 2013 – Present: Lecturer, University of Bolton
  • 2012 – Present: Senior ICM Modeller, seconded from MWH UK Ltd to Yorkshire Water Engineering
  • 2010 – 2012 Senior ICM Modeller, seconded from MWH UK Ltd to United Utilities Engineering
  • 2008 – 2010 Wastewater Network Modeller, MWH UK Ltd
  • 2005 – 2008 Senior Modelling Engineer, Faber Maunsell (AECOM)
  • 2004 – 2005 Research Associate, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Ireland
  • 2000 –2003 Lecturer and Research Associate, NUI Dublin, Ireland,
  • 1997 – 2001 Research Assistant (PhD Student), NUI Dublin, Ireland,
  • 1995 – 1996 Research Assistant (MSc Student), NUI Galway, Ireland
  • 1994 – 1995 Lecturer and Consultant Engineer, University of Khartoum, Sudan
  • 1991 – 1994 Teaching Assistant and Drainage Engineer, University of Khartoum, Sudan 
  • 1989 – 1990 Graduate Engineer, Ministry of Irrigation and Hydropower, Sudan

Research interests (topics and supervision)

Rainfall-runoff and surface water quality modelling, Groundwater surface water interaction, Climate change & hydrological systems, Droughts in Arid and Semi-arid regions.

Recent Publications

Peer-reviewed Journals

Abdellatif, M, Al- Atherton, W, Khaddar, R, and Osman, Y ; 2014 ; "Quantitative Assessment of Sewer Overflows Performance with Climate Change in North West of England". Paper accepted for publication in the Hydrological Sciences Journal (Ref: HSJ-2013-0006).

Osman, Y. Z., Fealy, R., & Sweeney, J., 2013 ; “Modelling extreme temperatures in Ireland under global warming using a hybrid peak-over-threshold & generalised Pareto distribution approach”.  International Journal of Global Warming . Special Issue on: "Risk and Global Warming”.

Osman, Y. Z., Fealy, R., & Sweeney, J, 2013 ; “Downscaling extreme precipitation in Ireland using combined Peak-Over-Threshold- Generalised Pareto Distribution model of varying parameters”. International Journal of Water and Climate Change , 4(4), pp. 348–363.

Bruen, M., and Osman, Y. Z. , 2004 ; “Sensitivities of estimates of stream-aquifer interflow to Spatial Variability of the Saturated Hydraulic Conductivity of the aquifer using Monte Carlo Simulations”. J. Of Hydrology , vol. 293, no. (1-4), pp. 289-302.

Osman, Y. Z. and Shamseldin, A. Y., 2002; “Qualitative rainfall prediction models for central and southern Sudan using El Nino-Southern Oscillation and Indian Ocean Sea Surface Temperature indices”. Int. J. Climatol , vol. 22, no. 15, pp. 1861-1878.

Osman, Y. Z., and Bruen, M., 2002; “Modelling stream-aquifer Seepage in an alluvial aquifer: an improved loosing-stream package for MODFLOW”. J. Of Hydrology , vol. 264, no. (1-4), pp. 69-86.

Osman, Y. Z., Shamseldin, A. Y. and Abdo, G. M., 2001; “El Nino-Southern Oscillation and Rainfall Variability in Central and Southern Sudan”. Journal of Water International , vol. 26, no. 2, pp. 177-184.

Referred Conference Papers

Osman, Y. and Abdellatif, M, 2013; “El Nino Cycles and variability of the Blue Nile annual flow in the Sudan”. Paper published on Proceedings of the International Conference on Climate Change Effects – IMPACTS WORLD 2013 – Held in Potsdam, Germany from May 27 - 30, 2013.

Abdellatif, M, Atherton, W, Al-Khaddar, R, and Osman, Y; 2013; “Linking Climate Change to Water Sector:  A Case Study of Urban Drainage System”. Paper published on Proceedings of the International Conference on Climate Change Effects – IMPACTS WORLD 2013 – Held in Potsdam, Germany from May 27 - 30, 2013.

Osman, Y. Z. and Mohamed-Elhassan, E. E., 2007; “Climate Change Impact on the Monthly Flow of the Blue Nile River”. Paper presented and published in the Proceedings of the First International Conference on Environment Research, Technology and Policy in July 16-19, 2007Accra, Ghana.

Murphy, C., Fealy, R, Osman, Y. Z., Charlton, R. and Sweeney, J., 2004; “Catering for uncertainty in a conceptual rainfall runoff model: model preparation for climate change impact assessment and the application of GLUE using Latin Hypercube Sampling”. Proceedings of the National Hydrology Seminar 2004, Tullamore, Ireland, the Water Framework Directive - Monitoring & Modelling Issues for River Basin Management.

Osman, Y. Z., Nasr, A. E., and Shamseldin A. Y., 2002; “Real-time flow forecasting on the river Nile with Neural Networks”. Abstract published in the proceedings of the Hydro-informatics 2002 Conference held in 1 – 5 July 2002, Cardiff, UK.

Osman, Y. Z. and Shamseldin, A. Y., 2001; “The Effects of the El Nino-Southern Oscillation and the Indian Ocean on the Variability of the Blue Nile Flow”. Proceedings of the conference of “CHALLENGES OF WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT IN THE DEVELOPING COUNTRIES IN THE 21st CENTURY" held at Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, India. May 6th (SU) -10th (TH), 2001.