Dr Yassin Osman

Lecturer in Civil Engineering

Yassin Osman teaches Project Management, Construction Management, and Urban Drainage Systems courses. He has over 29 years of academic and industrial experiences in areas of project management, water resources management, hydrological modelling, climate change and environmental engineering, which also involved working in Sudan, Ireland, and the UK. He spent 10 years of his career 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 while continued collaborating with academia through participating in supervision of knowledge transfer partnerships research.

Academic Qualifications:

• Advanced Professional Development (Research Degree Supervision), University of Bolton, UK (Jun. 2016).
• PG Cert in Teaching & Learning in Higher and Professional Education, University of Bolton, UK (Jul. 2015).
• PhD (Water & Environment) University College Dublin, Ireland (1997 – 2001)
• M. Sc. (Engineering Hydrology), First Class, University College Galway, Ireland (1995 -1996)
• M. Sc. (Environmental Engineering) University of Khartoum, Sudan (1992 - 1994)
• B. Sc. (Hons.) Civil Engineering, 2nd Class Div 1, University of Khartoum, Sudan (1984 – 1989)

Professional Memberships:
• FHEA Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK.
• MCIWEM Chartered Member (the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management).
• C. WEM Chartered Water and Environmental Manager (CIWEM)
• C Env Chartered Environmentalist (The Society for Environment), UK.
• C Eng, Chartered Engineer (UK Engineering Council).
• PRINCE2 Foundation & Practitioners

Academic Interests

I have threefold of academic interests: (1) to contribute to advancement of environmental modelling through research, (2) to enhance how engineering project be managed and maintained, and (3) 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 projects.

Appointment History:

• 2013 – Present: Lecturer, University of Bolton
• 2012 – 2014: 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; application of artificial intelligence in engineering project management

Recent Publications:

Chapter in Research Report:
1. Osman, Y. Z., Buren, M., Magate, W., Domonique, R, 2002; Chapter 3, in “Health and Environmental Effects of Landfilling and Incineration of Waste in Ireland”. The Health Research Board, Republic of Ireland.

Papers published:
Peer-reviewed Journals:
2. Osman, Y.Z. 2018; “Impacts of El Nino Southern oscillation and the Indian Ocean SSTs on inflow to the Roseires Dam in the Sudan”. Int. J. Global Warming, Vol. 14, No. 3, pp.275–287.

3. Osman, Y.; Al-Ansari, N.; Abdellatif, M. 2017 ‘’Climate Change Model as a Decision Support Tool for Water Resources Management in Northern Iraq’’: A case Study of Greater Zab River. In production, Journal of Water and Climate.

4. Osman, Y., Abdellatif M, Al-Ansari N, Knutsson S, Jawad S. 2017, “CLIMATE CHANGE AND FUTURE PRECIPITATION IN AN ARID ENVIRONMENT OF THE MIDDLE EAST: CASE STUDY OF IRAQ”. Journal of Environmental Hydrology, 25:1-18.

5. Osman, Y., Abdellatif, M., 2016; “Improving accuracy of downscaling rainfall by combining predictions of different statistical downscale models”. In production, Water Science, the National Water Research Centre Journal, Elsevier.

6. Abdellatif, M., Atherton, W., Alkhaddar, R., Osman, Y.; 2015; “Flood Risk Assessment for Urban Drainage System in a Changing Climate Using Artificial Neural Network”. Natural Hazards, vol. 79, no. 2, pp 1059-1077.

7. Osman, Y; 2015; "Monitoring the future behaviour of urban drainage system under climate change". Open Engineering, vol. 5, no.1-5.

8. Abdellatif, M., Osman, Y. and Elkhidir, A., 2015; “Comparison of Artificial Neural Networks and Autoregressive Model for Inflows Forecasting of Roseires Reservoir for better Prediction of Irrigation Water Supply in the Sudan”. The International Journal of River Basin Management, vol.13, no. 2, 203-214.
9. Osman, Y. Z., Fealy, R., & Sweeney, J., 2015; “Modelling extreme temperatures in Ireland under global warming using a hybrid peak-over-threshold & generalised Pareto distribution approach”. International Journal of Global Warming, vol. 7, no. 1, pp 21-47.47

10. Abdellatif, M, Al- Atherton, W, Khaddar, R, and Osman, Y; 2015; "Quantitative Assessment of Sewer Overflows Performance with Climate Change in North West of England". The Hydrological Sciences Journal, vol. 60, no. 3-4, pp 663-650.
11. Osman, Y., Alansari, N, Abdellatif, M, Aljawada, S, Knutsson, S, 2014; “Expected Future Precipitation in Central Iraq Using LARS-WG Stochastic Weather Generator”. Engineering, 6, 948-959. http://dx.doi.org/10.4236/eng.2014.613086.

12. Abdellatif, M., Atherton, W., Alkhaddar, R., Osman, Y. 2014; “Application of the UKCP09 WG outputs to assess performance of combined sewers system in a Changing Climate”. Hydrol. Eng. (ASCE), 20(9), 05014031.

13. 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, vol. 4, no. 4, pp. 348–363.

14. 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.

15. 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.

16. 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.

17. 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.

International Peer-reviewed Conferences:
18. Alseiari, A.; Farrell, P. and Osman, Y. 2019 “Technical and Operational Barriers that Affect the Successful Implementation of Total Productive Maintenance (TPM): Case Studies of Abu Dhabi Power Industry”. Proceeding of the 32nd International Congress and Exhibition on Condition Monitoring and Diagnostic Engineering Management (COMADEM 2019) held on 22/06/2019. Huddersfield, UK.

19. Abdellatif, M and Osman, Y. Z., 2017. “Challenges of Mitigation and Resilience to Climate Change in the Blue Nile River in Sudan”. Abstract, Impact World 2017 Conference, Postdam, Germany.

20. Rafiu, A., and Osman, Y. Z., 2016; “An investigation on the use of rainwater harvesting systems as sustainable measure and cost saving in the UK”. Paper accepted for presentation on the Urban Water 2016 Conference on 27 - 29 June, 2016, San Servolo, Venice, Italy.

21. 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.

22. 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.

23. 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.

24. 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.

25. 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.

26. 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.

Invited Presentation:
27. Osman, Y. Z., and Abdellatif, M, 2017. “Climate Change Induced Drought as Trigger for Mass Migration: Darfur Case Study”. Invited presentation for the Impact World 2017 Conference, 11-13 October 2017, Potsdam, Germany.


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