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Professor Stuart Burgess

Professor Stuart Burgess

Professor Stuart Burgess
B.Sc., Ph.D.(Brun.), C.Eng., F.I.Mech.E.

Professor of Engineering Design

Area of research

Design of mechanical systems

Office Room 1.34
Queen's Building,
University Walk, Clifton BS8 1TR
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+44 (0) 117 331 5954


Efficiency modelling of mechanical systems including: structures, mechanisms, buildings and transport systems. Design and optimisation of robotic joints and limbs. Bio-inspired design and optimisation of engineering systems.

Industrial collaborators: British Olympic Cycling Team, Triumph, Jaguar, MOD, British Aerospace, Renold Chain.



Stuart Burgess completed an engineering apprenticeship with Stothert and Pitt Cranes in Bath whilst completing a thin sandwich degree in mechanical engineering. After completing his PhD in the area of machine design he worked for the European Space Agency for 5 years mainly working on the ENVISAT earth observation satellite which is the largest civilian satellite in the world. He designed the solar array deployment mechanism including inventing a new type of gearbox - the double action worm gear set. He spent three years at Cambridge University as an Assistant Director of Research and Fellow of Selywn College. He has been at Bristol University since 1997 mainly working in the area of design optimisation of mechanical systems and biomechanical systems.


Stuart Burgess teaches mainly in the area of mechanical design such as machine design and computer aided design.


  • Efficiency modelling
  • Design optimisation
  • Bio-inspired design



Department of Mechanical Engineering

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