Dr Martin George McCarthy



Martin graduated with a CEI, Part IV qualification and became a charted engineer in the UK working in the electrical and electro-mechanical fields in the defence industries with GEC and Plessey on the Tornado and Harrier aircraft avionics, Sea King helicopter instrumentation, anti-submarine sonar devices and equipment updates to Concorde. His last role before coming to New Zealand was as part-owner and Technical Director of a company manufacturing innovative safety equipment.

Once in New Zealand, in the early ‘80’s, Martin worked on the government’s ‘think-big’ projects including the Gas-to-Gasoline plant in Taranaki and the expansion of the Bluff aluminium smelter where he was responsible for the design and construction of NZ’s largest centrifugal fans (25 tonnes rotating mass) for pot-line fume extraction.

Martin's other design and engineering experience includes lighting and lighting fitting design, mobility devices for the disabled, ball and  jet mills for material reduction and CNC machine cell robotics.

Martin entered the tertiary education field in the mid 80's and became the Head of Mechanical and Production Engineering Department at AUT during which period he obtained a Masters in Engineering Management degree from the University of Auckland. He joined the University of Auckland in1999 and obtained a PhD in Engineering Education in 2009. He is currently teaching in the areas of design, engineering management, communications for engineers and manufacturing systems.

His current research is into pedagogical techniques and situated learning frameworks, in conjunction with macro simulations of engineering enterprises, to increase student engagement, topic retention and overall professional skills.


  • Council of Engineering Institutions, Part II, London
  • Master in Engineering Management, Auckland
  • PhD, Auckland

Research | Current

  • Manufacturing systems simulation.
  • Computer-integrated manufacturing.
  • Computer-integrated manufacturing.
  • The pedagogy of engineering education.

Research groups

  • Manufacturing Systems

Teaching | Current

  • ENGGEN 204 - Technical Communication for Engineers
  • MECHENG 235 - Design & Manufacture 1
  • MECHENG 236 - Design & Manufacture 2



  • Faculty of Engineering 2010, Innovation in Teaching Award
  • APEC - "International Exemplary Model for Training' Award, 1995

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • McCarthy, M. G. (2010). The Application of Social Learning Theory and Communities of Practice to a Complex, Ill-Defined Domain in Engineering. International Journal of Engineering Education, 26 (5), 1120-1133.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/12971
  • McCarthy, M. G. (2010). Effective Teaching of Complex Manufacturing Topics to Undergraduate Engineers Utilizing a Novel, Broadly Based, Interactive Virtual Company. Paper presented at 117th ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Louisville, Kentucky, United States. 20 June - 23 June 2010.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/16517
  • McCarthy, M. G. (2009). Understanding the factors that support the effective application of multimedia in the study of complex non-quantitative concepts in manufacturing undergraduate courses University of Auckland. ResearchSpace@Auckland.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/10015
  • McCarthy, M. G., Tedford, J. D., & Seidel, R. H. A. (2006). Enhancing Student Engagement in Manufacturing Engineering Courses. World Transactions on Engineering and Technology Education, 5 (2), 337-340.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/11450
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Rainer Seidel
  • McCarthy, M. G., Tedford, J. D., & Seidel, R. H. A. (2006). Enhancing Student Engagement Through the Application of Multimedia Learning Theories to Undergraduate Manufacturing Courses. Proceedings of 2nd International CDIO Conference, 1-13. Linkoping University, Linkoping, Sweden.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Rainer Seidel
  • McCarthy, M. G., Seidel, R. H. A., & Tedford, J. D. (2006). Effective Teaching of Manufacturing Topics to Undergraduate Engineers Utilising a Novel, Broadly Based, Interactive Virtual Company. Proceedings of 16th International Conference on Flexible Automation and Intelligent Manufacturing : FAIM 2006, 1041-1048. Limerick, Ireland.
  • McCarthy, M. G. (2006). Learning Theory Based Application of Multimedia in Undergraduate Design Courses. Proceedings of the International Conference on Innovation, Good Practice and Research in Engineering Education, 2006 Liverpool: The Higher Education Academy Subject Centre for Materials and Engineering.
  • McCarthy, M. G., Seidel, R. H. A., & Tedford, J. D. (2004). Further developments in project & multimedia-based learning in manufacturing systems engineering. Proceedings of the International Conf. on IGPREE, 2, 127-132. Wolverhampton, UK.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Rainer Seidel

Contact details

Primary location

Level 10, Room 1003
New Zealand