I am the academic project manager for the Aston Shell eco-marathon team. The student team is made up of designers and engineers who each year design, build and race a new car at the European competition in Rotterdam. The Aston car uses a hydrogen fuel cell so has zero emissions as well as an innovative plywood composite chassis. The chassis is not only fully sustainable but is also 'flat-pack' so can be assembled in a radically new way to conventional steel chassis.
In 2013 the Aston Eco marathon team won the ECO DESIGN award at European competition against over 200 other teams. I continue to enjoy learning and working within both academia and industry, viewing research and learning as the natural link between both worlds. www.christianmclening.com
Teaching across all BSc and MSc Design courses.
Research interests include:
Please contact me if you have a New Product Development proposals or ideas.
MIED: Member of the Institution of engineering Designers.FHEA: Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Mclening. C. and Buck, L (2012) Practice based learning approaches in collaborative design and engineering education: A case study investigation into the benefits of a crossdiciplinary practice based learning strategy. International conference on engineering and product design education 2012, Artesis University College, Antwerp, Belgium. Published by Design Society & The Institution of Engineering Designers.
Mclening, C. and Owen, J (2011) Practice based learning for automotive engineering students. International conference on engineering and product design education 2011, City University. London, United Kingdom. Published by Design Society & The Institution of Engineering Designers. (Winner of Best conference Poster Award)
Presented- refereed paper (2010) The effect of personality on the design team: lessons from Industry from Industry for design education. 12th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education. Trondheim, Norway. Presented refereed paper: (2008) An investigation into the sustainable approaches of the ARUP associates Product Design group.13th International Conference-Sustainable Innovation 08 -Future Products, Technologies and Industries. (Selected in top 40 referred papers) Malmo. Sweden. Presented refereed paper: (2005) Developing a new SPDS: Sustainable Product Design Specification Tool. 10th International Conference-Towards Sustainable Product Design-Global ’state of the art’ in sustainable development & design. Farnham. Surrey. United Kingdom.