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Professor Julian Booker

Professor Julian Booker

Professor Julian Booker
B.Eng., Ph.D.(Hull), C.Eng., F.I.Mech.E.

Professor of Mechanical Design Engineering

Office Room 2.56
Queen's Building,
University Walk, Clifton BS8 1TR
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+44 (0) 117 331 5905


My research is associated with the development and application of design methods across a broad spectrum of disciplines including concept design, Design for X (manufacture, assembly, quality and reliability) and optimisation. A topical research theme is the application of design methods to create novel electromechanical machines for renewable energy generation, industrial actuation and more-electric aircraft systems working within the Electrical Energy Management Group (EEMG). Working within the Solid Mechanics Group (SMG), my research into statistical and probabilistic design methods has application to material failure assessment and the performance of machine components.



Engineering a product is very much a design and manufacture driven exercise, and these two subject areas ‘design’ and ‘manufacture’ within mechanical engineering have always interested me. Following an apprenticeship at ICI, I was sponsored to study Engineering Design and Manufacture at the University of Hull. After graduating, I took a position as a mechanical design engineer at a local material handling company, and then a Research Assistant back at Hull developing and implementing design methods. A lectureship followed at Bristol. The experiences along the way contribute to the way I conduct my research even now, and also provide some interesting case studies and anecdotes when teaching design and manufacture subjects.




My teaching philosophy is to provide students with the practical methods and knowledge necessary to conceive ideas, demonstrate their functional and economic performance and formulate plans to realise and prototype their designs, all under an integrated design and manufacturing curriculum. This approach prepares students for the workplace by mirroring industrial product development trends, and is supported by a wealth of experience in industry and using case studies from my research in design method development.  



  • Design methods
  • structural integrity
  • machine design



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