Design

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Dr Darren Southee

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Senior Lecturer in Design

Programme Director MSc Integrated Industrial Design

Darren received his PhD (innovative additive manufacturing processes for electronics), “The design and fabrication of printed batteries and low power indicator displays using offset lithography”, from Brunel University (Design).

He has a postgraduate Dip. Eng (Hull) for Electronic Product Design and a B.Eng (Hon) in Electronic Engineering from the University of Hull.

Before coming to Loughborough, his 27 year academic career has included roles for Brunel University (Deputy Head of Design), Bournemouth University, Bradford University (United Arab Emirates) and the University of Lincoln. He spent time as the Co-Director of the Cleaner Electronics Research Group at Brunel and is currently the OE-A (Organic & Printable Electronics Association) Champion and Representative for Loughborough University.

Prior to this he worked in the electronics industry, designing two electronic products, the TD201 Digital Storage Adapter (1987) and the TA320 Logic Analyser (1992), with sales across the globe.

Darren is the Programme Director for the Postgraduate taught MSc in Integrated Industrial Design. He teaches:

  • DSB007 Electronics, Programming & Interfacing (Year 2 BSc PD&T)
  • DSC006 Applications of Mechanics & Electronics for Design (Final year BSc PD&T)
  • DSP859 Integrated Industrial Design Major Project (MSc IID)

Member of the Design for Digital Fabrication Research Group

Darren has been involved in research related to design and emerging technology across two decades. His research record in Printed Electronics and Design is strong with research funding (EU, EPSRC,..) awarded across a range of projects; milestones include the development of printed electronic sensors, batteries and displays and many peer-reviewed journal papers have now been published along with UK and International patents, providing a breakthrough towards the realisation of a fully printed electronic system with printed power. He is involved in research relating to Energy Storage (and capture) for smart textiles, peer -reviewed journal papers and a patent have been published and he has ongoing research and strategic interests in Design (and interdisciplinary) Education and also research related to Design Process, NPD and the global nature of Design.

Darren is an active member of the Design for Digital Fabrication Research Group (Design School) and the Energy Research Lab (Chemistry).