Department of Mechanical Engineering

Design and Development

The Design and Development Research Group undertakes research with an ultimate aim to provide pragmatic support for engineering design and development. We approach this through the development of new tools, models and theoretical understanding.

Current research topics include:

  • Engineering change management: Developing improved approaches to support prediction of design change effects and management of their impact.
  • Set-based concurrent engineering: Creating systematic methods and computer tools to capture and reuse design knowledge in support of decision-making.
  • Coordination in complex design: Developing insights for management by computer simulation of the information flows in complex engineering projects.


Research team


Research opportunities

We are recruiting research students to work in the areas listed above. Potential applicants are encouraged to contact Dr David Wynn to discuss the 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 BEng final year projects and MEngSt projects, and occasionally visitors from other universities.

Selected publications

Wynn, D. C., & Eckert, C. M. (2016). Perspectives on iteration in design and development. Research in Engineering Design 10.1007/s00163-016-0226-3

Wynn, D. C., Caldwell, N. H. M., & John Clarkson, P. (2014). Predicting Change Propagation in Complex Design Workflows. Journal of Mechanical Design, 136 (8), 081009-081009. 10.1115/1.4027495

Chalupnik, M. J., Wynn, D. C., & Clarkson, P. J. (2013). Comparison of ilities for protection against uncertainty in system design. Journal of Engineering Design, 24 (12), 814-829. 10.1080/09544828.2013.851783

Ahmad, N., Wynn, D. C., & Clarkson, P. J. (2013). Change impact on a product and its redesign process: a tool for knowledge capture and reuse. Research in Engineering Design, 24 (3), 219-244. 10.1007/s00163-012-0139-8

For more examples of our work, please refer to the group members’ individual web pages.


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