Prof Inam moved from Northumbria University (Newcastle upon Tyne) to East London in 2018 as the head of department (engineering and computing) and professor of mechanical engineering. After 2 years of his tactful and strategic leadership, the department of engineering and computing expanded significantly, yielding more than 2700 students, 40+ courses and 55+ academics, and was transformed into two departments by the University executives, i.e. separating computing with engineering & construction.
At Northumbria, Prof Inam led engineering portfolio as programme leader, director of engineering and associate head of the department from 2013 to 2018.
Prior to that, he directed composite and aeronautical engineering programmes at Airbus' Advanced Composite Training and Development Centre (2011-2013) where he contributed towards the development of Airbus A350 epoxy composites.
From 2005 to 2011, he developed commercial products like Sugru and key armour/ nanostructured materials for British defence purposes as an R&D Technologist for Nanoforce Technology Limited in London.
Prof Inam is in receipt of two accredited postgraduate teaching qualifications and recognised as one of the leaders (PFHEA) in engineering curriculum design and technologies. As a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and an active Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (FIMechE), he has advised/ quality assured over 45 different universities and institutes from all the four nations of the UK. Prof Inam has formed/ strengthened TNE partnerships, delivered engineering courses and influenced institutional higher education practice in other countries like China, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, India, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and the Netherlands, to list a few.
With over 150 research (h-index of 31), he has presented several keynote speeches at various leading international conferences. He is a regular peer reviewer for over a dozen research journals and examined over 35 PhD theses in the UK and overseas. As a committee member of Engineering Professors' Council (EPC), Prof Inam is advising All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the Teaching Profession, GLA (Greater London Authority) Adult Education Strategy and recently Local London forum, a partnership of eight London boroughs in the north and east of the capital.
He is the recipient of the 'Materials World Award' conferred by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IoM3, UK) in 2008. In Dec 2020, he was also honoured with the 'Industry 4.0 readiness' award by the Vice Chancellor & President of the University of East London..