Dr Wei Liu
Programme Director for MSci Design, Enterprise and Innovation
Wei has a cross-disciplinary education and teaching background in design, engineering and management. She obtained degrees from industrial design and design strategy, and then a PhD in design management from the University of Cambridge. She was a visiting fellow at Harvard Business School to explore the design education in different areas. Previously she worked as a faculty member at Cambridge judge business school and had teaching experience in design schools in China, UK and Denmark. Her research and expertise are design management, design for (additive) advanced manufacturing, new product development management, product design innovation and entrepreneurship.
Mr Simon Finley
Associate Dean Learning and Teaching of Aston Business School
Following a career in accountancy with KPMG Simon retrained as a teacher. Having taught in secondary and private accountancy education Simon joined Aston in 2013. Although he began working in Aston’s accounting department his passion for innovation and disruption in the education sector soon found him leading the Business Schools online, vocational and executive education. Following a number of years studying the Finnish education system and training in their world renowned coaching methods Simon set up the University’s new suite of innovative enterprise programmes in 2018.
Miss Elaine Mackie
Lecturer in Product Design
Elaine joined Aston’s School of Engineering and Applied Science at the beginning of 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 she was a Senior Designer at Atkins Rail and Vehicle Designer at Interfleet Technology (which has been part of the SNC-Lavalin Group since 2011).
Dr Becky Mallaband
Senior Lecturer in Product Design
Becky is a lecturer in Product Design and has been based at Aston University, in the Mechanical Engineering and Design department since 2015, having previously been a Research Associate and Lecturer in the Loughborough Design School. Her research and expertise are in the area of User Centred Design and much of her research has been conducted in the Domestic Energy domain.
Dr Timothy Whitehead
Lecturer in Product Design
Timothy joined Aston University is 2017 having previously been a programme leader of Digital Product Design at De Montfort University. He has previous experience as an industrial designer and works on research relating to the design of products for low income economies.
Dr Laura Leslie
Head of Mechanical Engineering and Design
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.
Dr Gareth Thomson
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 Mark Prince
Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Design
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.
Mr Jon Hewitt
Visiting Teaching Fellow
As a practicing designer, Jon brings day to day experience from the commercial world into the learning environment at Aston. His work affords opportunities to design for differing consumer markets and demographics, working with varied sizes of company and studios globally. Jon's students benefit from this industry exposure in terms of learning approaches that are focussed on creating relevant, compelling and meaningful product experiences.