My primary area of research explores the effective application of advanced design and product development technologies in medicine, healthcare, surgery and rehabilitation. This concentrates on applied collaborative research conducted with clinical and industrial partners across the UK and overseas. Other research interests include user centred design (particularly for medical and rehabilitation products), effective application of Rapid Prototyping and developing design rules for Additive Manufacturing / 3D Printing.
I graduated from Brunel University in 1995 with a BSc (Hons) in Industrial Design. He then moved to the National Centre for Product Design & Development Research (PDR), based at Cardiff Metropolitan University to undertake doctoral research in Rapid Prototyping. This study involved the development of a computerised Rapid Prototyping selection system for designers in small companies. After gaining my PhD in 1999 I remained at PDR to conduct research into the application of advanced computer-aided design and product development technologies in medicine. I established the Medical Applications Group at PDR to conduct collaborative applied research, engage in knowledge transfer and commercially exploit findings. I rose to the position of Director of Research for PDR before moving to Loughborough University in 2008. During this period I also co-founded the Centre for Applied Reconstructive Technologies in Surgery and helped to establish the International Conference on Advanced Digital Technologies in Head and Neck Reconstruction and associated ADT Foundation and served as a Director of MediWales
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