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Professor Chris McMahon

Professor Chris McMahon

Professor Chris McMahon
B.Sc.(Bristol), C.Eng., F.I.Mech.E.

Senior Research Fellow

Senior Associate Teacher

Area of research

Research in Engineering Design

Office 1.25
Queen's Building,
University Walk, Clifton BS8 1TR
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+44 (0) 117 33 15669


Chris's research interests are in engineering design, especially concerning the application of computers to the management of information and uncertainty in design, and to design automation.  He has carried out research in the knowledge and information management for complex long-lived engineering products and systems (especially in the context of product-service-systems), in information requirements of engineering designers and in systems to support their information organisation and access, in annotation in design (especially the semantic annotation of computer-aided design models), in risk and uncertainty management in design, in component durability and reliability, especially in the presence of residual stresses, and in eco-design and design for remanufacturing.


Chris has been at the University of Bristol since September 2012, having previously worked at the University from 1984 to 2002.  From 2002 to 2012 he worked at the University of Bath where from 2006-2011 he was Director of the Innovative Design and Manufacturing Research Centre (IdMRC) and from 2005-2009 he led the EPSRC Grand Challenge Project in Knowledge and Information Management Though-Life.  Prior to 1984 Chris worked as a production engineer and then design engineer in the railway and automotive industries.

Chris is immediate Past-President of the international Design Society on the editorial boards of Research in Engineering Design, Journal of Design Research, International Journal of PLM, Advanced Engineering Informatics and the Journal of Engineering Design. 


Chris has taught courses in a number of areas of the engineering design and computer-aided design curriculum.  His current teaching is in product design, especially in techniques for product engineering, and in the design process and design methods.

Recent publications

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