Design & Engineering Design

Dr Ben Thomas

Senior Lecturer in Sustainable Design

Areas of expertise

Ben is active in the field of sustainable design research and engineering, particularly in tribology. His work on sustainable design for lifeboat slipways has been implemented at RNLI locations throughout the country. In addition he has developed a series of small scale research projects in collaboration with Oviedo University in Spain to investigate the material… Read more »

Professor Siamak Noroozi

Professor of Advanced Technology

Areas of expertise

Siamak’s current research is focused around the following three themes; medical engineering, mechanical engineering and creative design. Within medical engineering his focus is on prosthetics and joint implants, and his other work includes the design and development of hydraulic valves, ergonomic design of work spaces and developing low-cost manufacturing tools for creating prosthetics. Siamak has… Read more »

Professor Sine McDougall

Professor of Psychology

Areas of expertise

Sine’s research focuses on how we understand, learn, and use icons and signs used on computer interfaces, traffic and public information signs. Her recent research explores the cognitive processing underpinning the visual appeal of interfaces, with the aim of explaining how consumer appeal develops over time and how this influences decision-making. Other projects are examining… Read more »

Dr Zulfiqar Khan

Associate Professor in Design & Engineering

Areas of expertise

Zulfiqar is an engineer whose research interests focus on engineered surfaces including nano-coatings, tribology, corrosion and corrosion condition monitoring, modelling and numerical simulation. He has a keen interest in renewable energy, particularly in the utilisation of solar thermal flat plate, heat transfer and thermo-fluids technologies. He is widely published in his field and currently leads… Read more »

Dr Christos Gatzidis

Senior Lecturer in Creative Technology

Areas of expertise

Christos specialises in computer games technology and development, and how games can be used in learning. As a result he has twice received European Commission funding for collaborative projects under the Lifelong Learning Programme. He has written on games development, particularly iOS game development for beginners in Epic Games’ Unreal Development Kit – an introduction… Read more »

Dr Bryce Dyer

Principal Academic in Product Design

Areas of expertise

Bryce’s current research interest is with the philosophy, design and performance analysis of technology used in elite sport. He is also an experienced designer of products ranging from air filtration equipment and clothing to prosthetic limbs used by athletes who have competed at the Paralympic Games. He is passionate about community engagement in design and… Read more »

Dr Raian Ali

Professor in Computing

Areas of expertise

Raian’s research focuses on the engineering of digital motivation solutions (Gamification, Persuasive Technology, Incentive Centred Design, etc.), the elicitation and management of transparency requirements in information systems as well as the design of systems which are receptive and responsive to the feedback of their users, preferably called citizens. Raian has a keen interest in software… Read more »