Innovative Manufacturing research theme, Programme Director of Advanced Manufacturing Technology and Systems Management [MSc]
Our links with industry are strong; which means that students have the chance to get involved in industry relevant research at a very early stage.
Manchester is a well-respected university with lots of world-class laboratories. Because of our size and strengths, we offer many possibilities for research, in particular when someone wants to link mechanical engineering with, say, biology or medicine. I have been working for the University for eight years, starting straight after completing my PhD here.
We have a broad range of research and teaching disciplines, covering mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, and civil engineering. It's hard to find another school in which academics from such a wide range of research expertise work under one roof.
Our links with industry are strong; which means that students have the chance to get involved in industry relevant research at a very early stage. Being aware of what's going on in industry helps in identifying the skills, knowledge, and understanding engineers should acquire at university. In my lectures I use real-life examples and show industrial applications.
The students I supervise usually do experimental research, such as investigating the performance of a new cutting tool or a novel type of coating when machining various materials from titanium to fibre-reinforced composites. One of the best things about research is being able to start with an idea and a blank piece of paper and creating something that helps achieve things that have not been possible so far.