At the tender loving age of 36, one of our star employees, Dr Ashraf El-Shanawany was cruelly taken away from us. A tragic accident led to his death on Sunday 28 May 2017.
Ashraf graduated at Warwick University with a BSc (First Class Honours) in Mathematics and an MSc in Interdisciplinary Mathematics. He started to develop his interest in probabilistic analysis by embarking on research in Probabilistic Pattern Recognition in Cells at University College London, for which he was awarded an MPhil.
In 2009 Ashraf joined CRA and rapidly established himself as the person to go to, to discuss all matters Maths and Stats. Following in his father’s footsteps (Dr Mamdouh El-Shanawany), Ashraf championed the cause – safety of nuclear power generation. Supported by CRA, Ashraf embarked upon an Engineering Doctorate at Imperial College. He was interested in mathematical ‘uncertainty’ in the decision making process; particularly in the underlying assumptions inherent in nuclear power generation risk models.
As part of the Engineering Doctorate programme, he also obtained a Distinction in a Post Graduate Diploma in Enterprise Management at Manchester Business School. During his research period, he continued to provide valuable contributions to CRA projects.
Ashraf was business lead for CRA’s Advanced Risk Analytics service and was developing CRA’s vision of ‘Thought Leadership in Risk Management’. Ashraf was successful in forging relationships with industry and academia and recently won an Innovate UK grant for research into Structured Expert Judgment. The quality of Ashraf’s project work was always greatly appreciated by his team members and clients. He would always go the extra mile to ensure that a job was delivered to a very high standard. Ashraf was always keen to help and share knowledge with both junior and senior team members. He would always make time for anyone who came knocking on his door for a discussion and never turned anyone away stating that he was too busy. Recently, in addition to his technical work, Ashraf took on the role of the CRA health and well-being advocate which was greatly appreciated by all.
A big day for the family arose a few weeks ago when Ashraf married Rebecca – a joyous occasion for both families. Outside of work Ashraf enjoyed health and fitness, rock climbing and socialising with friends and family.
Managing Director Jasbir Sidhu: “We are all in shock at the loss of Ashraf – I am totally lost for words. I was very proud of Ashraf receiving his PhD and the future was very bright. Ashraf will be sorely missed by all at CRA and his contribution to nuclear safety will be a loss to the industry and the nation.”
Our condolences go out to Ashraf’s wife, family and friends.