Browse/search for people

Professor Ben Hicks

Professor Ben Hicks

Professor Ben Hicks
BEng(Bath), PhD(Bath)

Professor in Mechanical Engineering
Programme Director Strategic Alliances

Area of research

Director of Strategic Partnerships (UoB); Head of Engineering Systems and Design; Codirector of the Design and Manufacturing Futures Lab; Director of the EPSRC-funded Language of Collaborative Manufacturing Programme Grant, and the £1.6M EPSRC project on digital-physical twinning.

Office 2.43
Senate House,
Tyndall Avenue, Clifton BS8 1TH
(See a map)

Tel. +44 (0) 117 954 5609

Research summary

Ben’s research concerns tools and methods to support the design and improvement of products, machines and manufacturing systems. His research has resulted in the creation of new processes and methods for design management, methods for computer-based design and optimisation, approaches for managing manufacturing information and knowledge discovery, and techniques for modelling machine-material interaction.  

In addition to leading the ES&D group, Ben is CoDirector of the Design & Manufacturing Futures Laboratory ( The lab is researching and creating the tools and technologies of tomorrow, providing game changing capability for the design, manufacture, operation and disposal of ...

Read more >


Ben leads the Engineering Systems and Design group whose research activities necessitate close collaboration with industry to research, develop, implement and evaluate new tools, methods and technologies. Ben has worked closely with more than 100 organisations from the creative, design, high value manufacturing and construction sectors. Prior to joining Bristol he worked initially as a machine design consultant, entrepreneur and then academic at the Universities of Sydney and Bath. While at the University of Bath he was a founding member and later director of the (£10M) EPSRC-funded innovative manufacturing research centre. The Centre had a particular focus on machine design ...

Read more >

Recent publications

Read more >

View complete publications list in the University of Bristol publications system

Edit this profile If you are Professor Ben Hicks, you can edit this page. Login required.

All details on one page > for printing etc.