Dr Shuai Chen is a Research Fellow within the Hub, based at The University of Nottingham. His current research focuses on design, analysis, and optimisation of composites forming process for Automotive & Aerospace sectors. He has specialised in the development of composites manufacturing processes and simulations, and is committed to supplying feasible solutions for high-quality and defect-free preforms by material/process optimisation based on finite element (FE) simulation. Shuai has previously worked for 3 EPSRC Feasibility Studies and supported 3 Innovate UK projects regarding advancements in composites manufacturing which progressed in to follow-on innovate UK projects awarded to continue the development of fabric forming modelling technique and address flat-sheet fabric forming issues. Dr Chen recently completed a feasibility study within the Hub, “Simulation of forming 3D curved sandwich panels” and has received further Hub funding to address the Feasibility Study “An innovative approach to manufacturing closed-section composite profiles” to initiate the worldwide growth of the concept on forming 3D fabric feedstock recognised as a step-changing area in composites manufacturing research. His research is to challenge the boundary of composites manufacturing by fully unlocking the modelling/optimisation capability for development of a next-generation technique, aiming at a significant breakthrough in manufacturing rate.