Design and development

The Design and Development Research Group undertakes research with an ultimate aim to provide pragmatic support for engineering design and development.

Current research topics:

  • Engineering change management: Developing improved approaches to support prediction of design change effects and management of their impact
  • Product architecture: Developing approaches to support design decisions relating to product architecture, product families and supply chains
  • Coordination in complex design: Developing insights for management by computer simulation of the information flows in complex engineering projects

Research opportunities

We are recruiting research students to work in areas related to our current topics. Potential applicants are encouraged to contact Dr David Wynn to discuss the following possibilities:

  1. Research degrees: PhD or ME. A good undergraduate degree in an engineering discipline is required. Funding may be available for applicants with strong academic records.
  2. Research projects: We host BE(Hons) final year projects and MEngSt projects, and occasionally visitors from other universities.


  • MECHENG 235 Design and Manufacture I
  • MECHENG 236 Design and Manufacture II
  • MECHENG 334 Design and Manufacture III 
  • MECHENG 731 Mechanical Design Projects 
  • ENGGEN 705 Engineering Product Development 

Research team


Postgraduate students

Recently completed PhD candidate

Arindam Brahma