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Dr Martin Birkett

Associate Professor & Associate Head of Department

Department: Mechanical and Construction Engineering

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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 Associate 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.

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Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Dr Birkett’s main areas of research are thin film materials and product and process development and optimisation. He frequently works in collaboration with industrial partners to research and develop materials and processes that can be used to manufacture new or improved products for commercialisation. In addition to product development, Dr Birkett also has an interest in manufacturing systems, such as six sigma and lean manufacturing and how these tools can be used to improve engineering processes.

For more information please visit the Advanced Manufacturing Technology (AMT) research group page:

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