Programme Director Product Design
Christian is a designer and academic based at Aston University since 2009 with a research interest in sustainable design and creativity. His main area of industrial experience has been within the automotive and architectural product design industries, working on concept vehicles, electric vehicles and the design and manufacture of automotive interiors for a range of large car companies.
In recent years he has been involved with the Product Design group within ARUP associate London, involved in design development of a number of architectural product and environmentally sensitive projects, such as Pocket Habitat a green roofing system.
Lecturer in Product Design
BA Industrial Design
Chris Evans has been a design educationalist since 1989. His strong interest in Industrial Design education is underpinned by 20 years of professional work designing and managing within leading manufacturing organisations. These include Mettoy Ltd (Corgi: die-cast toys); Ogle Design Consultancy (toys, consumer electronics, transport systems); Prestige plc (kitchen cookware); Crown House Tableware (glass, ceramics) and Hasbro Europe (toys). Although Arts School trained, Chris believes that design students must combine their creativity skills and innovative flair with appropriate engineering and technological knowledge plus have an effective understanding of markets and the real user requirements.
Dr Gareth Thomson Dr Laura Leslie
Head of Department
Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering
Gareth joined Aston University in January 2009, having previously been the course director of the Mechanical Engineering course at the University of Dundee. In his time at Dundee he was involved in not only the Mechanical Engineering programme but also set up a joint Product Design degree with Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art. Prior to this he was a researcher involved in laser applications at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh.
Dr Philip Davies
Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering
Philip Davies is a member of the Sustainable Environment Research Group. His main research activities are in developing renewable and efficient energy systems and in the treatment of water for drinking and sanitation. Philip has held appointments at the University of Oxford, the Universidad Politécnica in Madrid, the University of Warwick, and in manufacturing and consulting companies. He holds a B.Sc in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College, London, and D.Phil from the University of Oxford.
Dr Mark Prince
Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering
Mark is a former Aston graduate with experience in mechanical design and analysis. His research interests are in ophthalmic and medical device development and he has experience in designing microsystems for biological structure interfacing, and exploiting vision technologies. Mark has expertise in 3D computer solid modelling, rapid prototyping and rapid manufacture, computer aided engineering, electronic/mechatronic design, and optical and contact microscopy and imaging techniques.
Laura teaches on the CDIO modules and the first year Engineering Science module. Her research interests include Biomaterials and medical device testing, the interaction between artificial implants and the human body and Alternatives to animal testing Mr David Smith Projects Coordinator / Teaching Fellow Dr David Upton Research Fellow Mr John Owen Design Lecturer
My main area of industrial experience has been associated with ‘styling’ in the automotive industries, representing designs in three-dimensional form using high level computing and automotive clay modeling techniques. I have collaborated in producing concept vehicles, hybrid vehicles and devising training programmes for designers for a range of large and niche car companies.