Miss Elaine Mackie

Lecturer and Programme Director, Product Design 

Phone number: 0121 204 4255
Email: e.mackie2@aston.ac.uk
Room number: MB170


I joined Aston’s School of Engineering and Applied Science beginning 2016, having previously been a Senior Lecturer in Automotive and Transport design within the School of Art and Design at Coventry University. Prior to that I was a Senior Designer at Atkins Rail and Vehicle Designer at Interfleet Technology (which  has been part of the SNC-Lavalin Group since 2011).

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 2017
  • PgCert Learning and Teaching in HE, Coventry University, 2004
  • MA Industrial Design (Engineering), De Montfort University, 1990
  • BSc (Hons), Ergonomics, Urban Policy and Management, Aston University, 1988


  • Jan 2016 – current: Lecturer in Product Design, Engineering & Applied Science, Aston University.
  • Sep 2003 – Nov 2015: Senior Lecturer in Design Theory and Analysis, Coventry University.
  • Sep 1999 – Sep 2003: Senior Designer, Atkins Rail.
  • Aug 1990 – Aug 1999 Vehicle Designer, SNC-Lavalin(formerly Interfleet Technology).


As well as being Programme Director for BSc Product Design courses, I am the first year academic tutor for the Product Design undergraduate programme.


I support teaching on the following modules:

  • ME1501: Design and Experimentation
  • ME3047: Product Design Final Year Project
  • PD1801: Specialist Design Project
  • PD2001: Design Project 2
  • PD2002: Commercial Practice
  • PD3001: Specialist Design Project 3 (Future Focus)
  • PD4009: Design Realisation
  • PD4012: Design for People
  • User experience
  • Empathy and engagement
  • Vehicle design
  • Smart cities

My research interests focus on the field of integrating human factors within engineering teaching. I also have expertise in investigating passenger experience using public transport which requires an ability to be able to envisage future urban mobility in light of developments which are occurring in urban areas. With a background in ergonomics and vehicle design, this allows me to understand the impact of urban technology within smart cities and use this to benefit the design of multi-modal transport solutions whilst taking account of environmental resources.

MErgs Membership of Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors


MCSD Membership of Chartered Society of Designers

Journal papers

Mackie, E. (2011) 'Branding identity, development and application of rail and road vehicle liveries'.  International Journal of Vehicle Design  55 (2/3/4), 256-277.  DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1504/IJVD.2011.040586.  http://www.inderscience.com/info/inarticletoc.php?jcode=ijvd&year=2011&vol=55&issue=2/3/4

Conference papers

Mackie, E. and Moody, L. (2015)  ‘Ergonomic Gear knobs: A Case Study in teaching Pleasure and Attachment to Design Students'.  In Contemporary Ergonomics and Human Factors 2015: Proceedings of Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors Conference 2015, Daventry, 13-16 April, 2015.


Osmond, J. and Mackie, E., (2012) ‘Designing for the ‘Other’,  Design Research Society Conference, Bangkok, 1-4 July 2012.


Mackie, E. (2011) ‘Ergonomics Teaching within Industrial Design: an Evaluation of Understanding.  In Contemporary Ergonomics and Human Factors 2011: Proceedings of the international conference on Ergonomics & Human Factors 2011, Stoke Rochford, 12-14 April, 2011


Mackie, E., Woodcock, A., and Johnson, C. (2008)  'Designing Hyperbaric Decompression Chambers'. In Contemporary Ergonomics 2008: Proceedings of the International Conference on Contemporary Ergonomics (CE2008), Nottingham, 01-03 April, 2008.



Book chapters

Mackie, E. (2012)  'Design for Public Transport'.  In Design for Transport – a User-Centred Approach to vehicle Design and Travel.  Ed. by Tovey, M, London: Gower.  http://www.gowerpublishing.com/isbn/9781409433255

Moody, L., Mackie, E., and Davies, S. (2011)  'Building Empathy with the user'. In  Handbook of Human Factors and Ergonomics in Consumer Product Design: Uses and applications.  Ed. by Karwowski, W., Soares, M., and Stanton, N.A. London: CRC Press.