Professor Dr. Safian Sharif was born in Alor Gajah Melaka in June 1961. He was raised in Singapore for 21 years where he received his early education and earned a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from Ngee Ann Polytechnic in 1981. He has been a Professor since 2008 and currently holds the position as the Deputy Dean (Research and Scholarship) at the School of Graduate Studies, UTM. In 1986, Professor Safian graduated from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Hons) and was awarded a Master of Science (Advanced Manufacturing Technology) from UMIST, UK in 1991. He was awarded a PhD in Manufacturing from Coventry University, UK in year 2000. After completed his undergraduate study at UTM, he worked as a Production Engineer at Hitachi Consumer Products for two years. He joined UTM as an Assistant Lecturer A in October 1988 at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and built his career successfully as an academician until today.

His main area of specialization is in machining of aerospace materials such as titanium alloys, inconel, stainless steel and other exotic materials which include hardened steels, cobalt chromium molybdenum, composites and wood. He is actively engaged in other research areas such as sustainable manufacturing, rapid prototyping and casting. Since year 2000, he has been the principal researcher and co-researcher of various research projects under the European Commission, MOSTI, FRGS, MOHE and RU Grant Schemes.

He has supervised and co-supervised many students both at undergraduate as well as postgraduate levels. These include 30 PhDs (15 graduated) and graduated more than 60 Master students. Professor Safian has published more than 200 articles both in reputed journals and proceedings. He has reviewed more than 65 articles for publication in journals as well as proceedings. Since 2010. he has been appointed as one of the Associate Technical Editor for the reputed Machining Science and Technology (MST) An International Journal published by Taylor and Francis. He is also an Editor for Jurnal Teknologi (Science and Engineering), a scopus indexed journal published by UTMPRESS since February 2017.

He is also very active in consultation works with the industries in areas of machining, reverse engineering and rapid prototyping. One of those areas that has significant contribution to the Malaysian industries is the development of special cutting tools for machining hardened stainless steel with Precisetech Sdn Bhd. Finally, beside being an active panel of MQA assessor, Professor Safian has been appointed as the External Verifier and Board of Studies by various institutions which include GMI, KKTM, KUSZA, UKM, MARA, UniKL, UIAM, UTeM, UTHM, Perda-Tech and UNIMARA.