Sakhawat is a University lecturer specialising in mechanical manufacturing engineering, motor sports and civil engineering. Currently he is a member of the Faculty of Construction, Engineering and Built Environment at Birmingham City University. He has previously worked in Saudi Arabia and Malaysia.
He is an inventor, innovator and entrepreneur promoting research in nano technology where he is a leader in the field, with over 100 articles published on the subject as well as patents and contributions to authoritative texts on the subject.
Sakhawat is a very active member of the Bangladeshi community and is an adviser to the Bangladeshi Regeneration Council Executive Committee supporting social and economic development within the community. Locally in Sandwell he has been instrumental in finding space for young people to play sport such as football and cricket.