Dr. Shoaib completed his Bachelors of Engineering (Honors Degree) from the University of Bath in 2010. In achieving the top rank in his class he was awarded a fully funded PhD in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering from the University of Nottingham from which he graduated in 2015. He also obtained his Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) from the same university. Since then he has occupied various positions in research and teaching. These include teaching natural sciences, mathematics and engineering modules at the high school and university level.
He joined Avicenna Academy in 2015 and obtained his Ijaazahs in Aqeedah and Hadith Sciences, which he then taught alongside a self-created module on philosophy. Currently he is formally an assistant professor of science, primarily teaching chemistry, physics, mathematics at Zayed University in Dubai, and his research interests cover education, theology and philosophy of religion and science. He specifically researches into models and metaphors employed in science education, Islamic creed (primarily Kalam and metaphysics), atheism, science and Islam, and worldview construction. His research has been published in internationally recognised journals and he has been accepted to attend several conferences around the world on science education and on philosophy of science and religion (information on selected papers and conferences given below). Alongside his research and teaching he is undertaking an MSc in Philosophy of Science and Religion at Edinburgh University. He is also working on a textbook on organic chemistry and an academic book on science education.
Selected Papers (already published)
1. Pore Structural Characterization of Fuel Cell Layers Using Integrated Mercury Porosimetry and Computerized X-ray Tomography (2016). Link to paper: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.iecr.6b01617
2. Revisiting and Re-representing Scaffolding: The Two Gradient Model (2017). Link to paper: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/2331186X.2017.1331533
Selected Conferences (in publication process)
1. Paper presented on the topic of “Metaphors in-between Atheism and Theism: Reviewing the Design Argument”
Conference on Abrahamic Reflections on Philosophy, Science and Religions.
9-14th July 2017 in Amman, Jordan
2. Paper accepted on the topic of “Critical Science Pedagogy: Meta-learning, Metaphysics and Metaphors”
London International Conference on Education
11-14th December 2017 in Cambridge, UK