Imperial College London

Dr Ajit Panesar

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Aeronautics

Senior Lecturer



+44 (0)20 7594 2202a.panesar




216City and Guilds BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Dr Ajit Panesar, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Aeronautics at Imperial College London, has more than 10 years’ experience in applying computer methods to progress two of the most promising and innovative manufacturing technologies of our age – additive manufacture (AM) and composite tow steering.

Dr Panesar holds a PhD in aerospace engineering from the Bristol Composites Institute at the University of Bristol and conducted his postdoctoral research within the Centre for Additive Manufacturing (CfAM) at the University of Nottingham, where he developed the area of design-optimisation for multifunctional AM.

The core of Dr Panesar’s research so far has been the use and development of optimisation algorithms and numerical methods, to establish a framework for novel design tools that exploit the opportunities offered by innovative manufacturing techniques. He is currently working on integrating the design for manufacture and anisotropic considerations within the framework, to reveal next-generation of multifunctional parts for high-performance applications.

External links: Linkedin and Research Gate.

Research interests


• Design for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM)

 Metamaterials (or Lattice Structures)

• Machine Learning (ML) in DfAM

 Topology Optimisation (TO) for AM 

• Multifunctional Composites


Manufacturing scope    —

(i) Additive Manufacturing (AM),  (ii) AM of Composites  and
(iii) Advanced Composites Manufacturing


further information can be found on my research page

employment opportunities

Please feel free to contact me if you are interested in carrying out research in any of the areas that overlap or are closely aligned with my research interests

- PhD: candidates with a strong track record in engineering are encouraged to apply for the IC scholarships. Note: President's PhD Scholarship has three rounds with deadlines b/w 8 Nov - 20 Mar.
(Here you can find the college entry requirements and the application process.)

- Post-doc. Various opportunities exist for fellowships at a post-doctoral level from EPSRC, RAEng, Leverhulme 1851, Marie Curie. Links - Imperial College Research Fellowship and other funding opportunities (see the bottom of the page).

Research portfolio - A snapshot

video highlights

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Lee C, Greenhalgh E, Shaffer M, et al., 2020, Optimized microstructures for multifunctional structural electrolytes, Multifunctional Materials, Vol:2, ISSN:2399-7532

Plocher J, Panesar A, 2019, Review on design and structural optimisation in additive manufacturing: Towards next-generation lightweight structures, Materials & Design, Vol:183, ISSN:0264-1275, Pages:1-20

Panesar A, Abdi M, Hickman D, et al., 2018, Strategies for functionally graded lattice structures derived using topology optimisation for Additive Manufacturing, Additive Manufacturing, Vol:19, ISSN:2214-8604, Pages:81-94

Panesar A, Brackett D, Ashcroft I, et al., 2017, Hierarchical re-meshing strategies with mesh mapping for topology optimisation, International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, Vol:111, ISSN:0029-5981, Pages:676-700

Panesar A, Weaver P, 2012, Optimisation of blended bistable laminates for a morphing flap, Composite Structures, Vol:94, ISSN:0263-8223, Pages:3092-3105

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