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Dr Martin Birkett

Associate Professor

Department: Mechanical and Construction Engineering

Dr Birkett joined the Mechanical Engineering Department at Northumbria University in 2011 as a Lecturer in Manufacturing Technology. Prior to this he worked in the manufacturing industry for sixteen years and also did some part time lecturing.

During his time in industry, Dr Birkett completed a Craft Apprenticeship in Engineering Maintenance before moving on to work as a Manufacturing Engineer and then Senior Research and Development Engineer. During this period, he also studied on a part-time basis for ONC/HNC and then BEng (Hons) and PhD degrees, both of which he completed at Northumbria University. His PhD was in the area of thin film materials for electronic components and was supervised by Dr. Roger Penlington.  

In his current role, Dr Birkett is the Deputy Head of the Department and leader of the Advanced Manufacturing Technology (AMT) research group. He mainly teaches on the Mechanical Engineering degree programmes in the areas of manufacturing technology and systems.

Martin Birkett


  • Manufacturing Systems BEng (Hons)
  • Engineering PhD
  • Chartered Engineer (CEng)
  • Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (FIMechE)
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Electro- and photon-induced cooling in BNT-BT-SBET relaxors with in situ optical temperature sensing, Wang, L., Zhang, J., Wang, J., Yao, Y., Ren, L., Chen, X., Birkett, M., Dala, L., Xu, B. 23 Mar 2020, In: Optics Letters
  • A Numerical and Experimental Study of Adhesively-Bonded Polyethylene Pipelines, Guilpin, A., Franciere, G., Barton, L., Blacklock, M., Birkett, M. 19 Sep 2019, In: Polymers
  • An experimental strategy for fractionating 33 and 34 factorial experiments, Ozoemena, C., Hackney, P., Birkett, M., Bell, D. 15 Sep 2019, In: International Journal for Quality Research
  • Effect of Abrasive Machining on the Electrical Properties Cu86Mn12Ni2 Alloy Shunts, Misti, N., Birkett, M., Penlington, R., Bell, D. 29 Jul 2017, In: Materials
  • Tuning the antimicrobial behaviour of Cu85Zr15 thin films in “wet” and “dry” conditions through structural modifications, Villapun Puzas, V., Cherian Lukose, C., Birkett, M., Dover, L., Gonzalez Sanchez, S. 25 Sep 2018, In: Surface and Coatings Technology
  • Low temperature tensile lap-shear testing of adhesively bonded polyethylene pipe, LeBono, J., Barton, L., Birkett, M. 1 Apr 2017, In: International Journal of Adhesion & Adhesives

PGR Supervision

  • Raja Muhamad Hafiz Raja Adzhar Start: 01/03/2020
  • Chinyere Okolo Start: 01/08/2018
  • Maria Alafogianni An investigation of varying laser trim pattern characteristics on the performance and reliability of discrete resistive components Start: 01/10/2014
  • Cecil Cherian Lukose An investigative study of Manganese-based Antiperovskite structures as a thin film resistive material system Start: 02/04/2014
  • Mohamed Abduelmula An investigation into the barriers to lean implementation in Libyan manufacturing companies and development of a framework for its utilisation Start: 05/11/2014
  • Osama Elgadi Investigation into the Barriers to Six Sigma in Libyan Manufacturing Companies and Development of a Framework for its Implementation Start: 03/02/2014


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