Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering


Professor Keith Case BSc, PhD, FErgS, FBCS, CITP, CEng

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Professor of Computer Aided Engineering


  • BSc in Production Engineering and Production Management, University of Nottingham 1971, 
  • PhD in Human Modelling, University of Nottingham, 1975. 
  • Postgraduate Research Fellow, University of Nottingham 1974-1981. 
  • Joined Loughborough University as Lecturer in 1980, Professor 1995.

Research Interests and Activities

  • Computer Aided Design
  • CAD/CAM Integration
  • Ergonomics
  • Virtual Manufacturing
  • Knowledge-based Design for Manufacture
  • FMEA
  • Human modelling using CAD surface/solid modellers
  • Inclusive Design (Design for All)
  • Evolutionary Form Design
  • Customised Assembly (CECA)

External Activities

  • Editorial board membership: International Journal of Production Research.
  • Chartered Engineer
  • Chartered Information Technology Professional 
  • Fellow of The Ergonomics Society
  • Fellow of The British Computer Society
  • Visiting Professor at University of Skovde, Sweden
  • Member of the SAE Technical Committee on Human Modelling Standards.
  • Member of the Committee of the Engineering Professors Council representing the Manufacturing sector
  • Chair of the Consortium of UK Manufacturing and Engineering (COMEH)
  • Member of Scientific Committee for several conferences including International Conference on Manufacturing Research (ICMR) – chair of overall organising committee and Flexible Automation and Intelligent Manufacture (FAIM)
  • Regular referee for International Journal of Production Research, International Journal of Computer Integrated Manufacture, Proceedings of the IMechE and others.
  • Collaborative Research: A director of the Centre of Excellence in Customised Assembly (CECA) a major collaboration between the universities of Sheffield, Nottingham and Loughborough. An investigator in the AUNT-SUE (Sustainable Urban Environments) consortium of University College London, London Metropolitan and Loughborough Universities. Member of the Virtual Ergonomics Centre (Chalmers, Lund and Skovde Universities, Sweden).
  • Commercialisation of Research: Recognised originator of the GRASP (robot simulation) and SAMMIE (human simulation) systems which are exploited worldwide by BYG Systems and SAMMIE CAD respectively.


Recipient of Otto Edholm Award - one of the Ergonomics Society’s most prestigious awards ’to honour an individual or individuals who have made significant contributions to basic or applied research in ergonomics’.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Product Design (Ergonomics and Visualisation)
  • Manufacturing Design
  • Industrial Design
  • Computer Aided Design