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Dr Martin Birkett

Associate Professor

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.


  • Engineering PhD June 30 2009
  • Senior Fellow (SFHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2019

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • 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
  • 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
  • Investigation of the Effect of Hydrogen and Methane on Combustion of Multicomponent Syngas Mixtures using a Constructed Reduced Chemical Kinetics Mechanism, Stylianidis, N., Azimov, U., Birkett, M. 25 Jun 2019, In: Energies
  • 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
  • A Mixed Method Approach to Investigate the Lack of Lean Manufacturing Implementation in Libya, Abduelmula, M., Birkett, M., Connor, C. 22 Jun 2017, In: International Journal of Technology and Engineering Studies
  • An investigation into the effects of pattern geometries on laser trimmed film resistors, Alafogianni, M., Birkett, M., Penlington, R. 9 Jan 2017, Proceedings of the 2016 International Conference for Students on Applied Engineering (ISCAE), Piscataway, IEEE
  • A Numerical and Experimental Study of Carbon Fibre Riveted Splice Joints, Shinde, A., Birkett, M. 2017, Advances in Manufacturing Technology XXXI, IOS Press
  • A Quantitative Study of the Barriers to Lean Manufacturing Implementation in Libya, Abduelmula, M., Birkett, M., Connor, C. 2017, Advances in Manufacturing Technology XXXI, IOS Press
  • Effect of Abrasive Machining on the Electrical Properties Cu86Mn12Ni2 Alloy Shunts, Misti, N., Birkett, M., Penlington, R., Bell, D. 29 Jul 2017, In: Materials
  • Effects of varying laser trimming geometries on thin film resistors, Alafogianni, M., Birkett, M., Penlington, R. 1 Feb 2017, In: Circuit World

PGR Supervision

  • 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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