Mechanical, Biomedical and Design

Welcome from the Mechanical, Biomedical and Design Group

A very warm welcome to the Mechanical, Biomedical and Design Group of the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences at Aston University. We hope that your time as an undergraduate here will be stimulating, rewarding and enjoyable.

Our aim is to help you to succeed in your chosen degree programme. Your programme is designed to be highly challenging, with a view to developing yourself as a professional whilst acquiring the technical and transferable skills you need in your future career. We want you as students to embrace challenges and thrive on developing yourself to meet the demands of industry. Your success will depend to a large extent on a strong personal commitment: in the final analysis, the onus is on you to succeed – it is essential that you fully participate in lectures and tutorials and that you engage with coursework soon after you receive it and get it done on time (not rushing it towards the submission deadline). The big difference between students who achieve all they are looking for and those who don’t often comes down to time management and organisation.

Should problems of any nature arise you should seek help: if the problem is of an administrative nature, for example, finding directions, timetable difficulties, etc. you should make enquiries at the Reception Desk of the EPS School Centre on the First Floor of the Main Building (MB133) where members of the Taught Programmes Team will be happy to assist you. For more academic issues, e.g. guidance on academic options, long-term illness, etc. you should contact your personal tutor in the first instance or the relevant Programme Director as follows:

  • MEng/BEng Mechanical Engineering, Programme Director: Dr Abed Alaswad
  • BEng Electromechanical Programme, Programme Director: Dr Abed Alaswad
  • BEng Design Engineering, Programme Director: Dr Abed Alaswad
  • BSc Product Design and Management, Programme Director: Dr Tim Whitehead 
  • BSc Product Design and Technology, Programme Director: Dr Tim Whitehead 
  • MSci Design, Enterprise and Innovation, Programme Director: Dr Wei Liu
  • MEng/BEng Biomedical Engineering, Programme Director: Dr Antonio Fratini

The purpose of this Handbook is to provide you with some essential information that you will require. Of course, the Handbook cannot tell you everything you need to know, but each year we try to make it better without making it unwieldy. If the information you need isn’t in these pages, do not hesitate to ask!

Finally, we look forward to meeting you and wish you success in your studies here at Aston.