Shakil graduated from Cardiff University in 2008 with a First Class (Hons) in BEng Civil Engineering. During his degree studies he successfully covered all the basic aspects of Civil Engineering. He has achieved Page Prize for the best average marks, Lloyds Register of Shipping Prize for the performance in Structural Engineering, Alan and Cyril Body Educational Trust Prize for the best overall performance. He has been awarded the Institute of Civil Engineering ICE Wales Student Prize 2008 for the outstanding performance in undergraduate degree course. His special interest in the field of Geo-Environmental Engineering has encouraged him to pursue a PhD degree at which he has been enrolled in 2009. The PhD program has been funded by the School of Engineering and Civil Engineering Consultancy Arup. He is an active member of Institute of Civil Engineering.
Research interests include computational modelling of gas generation and migration through highly compacted bentonite for use in underground disposal facilities for high level nuclear waste and to obtain required information for the risk assessment of such a repository.