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25 Oct 2018

At Loughborough since 2000.

Professor Ian Campbell has been working at Loughborough University for 18 years this month.

The Design School has been in on its current site for 6 years, but when Professor Campbell first came to the University the Design School did not function as it does today. There were three separate departments (Design and Technology, Ergonomics and the Ergonomics and Safety Research Institute), which came together to form the current School. Since moving to the current state-of-the-art building, the Design School has become well-established, and is home to the latest design facilities, over 700 students and 90 staff.

Before joining Loughborough University, Ian gained his BSc in the Special Engineering Programme from Brunel University and went on to work in industry as a design engineer at Ford Motor Company and the Rover Group, mainly working on internal combustion engines. He moved to academia in 1989, and Loughborough is the third University he has worked for. All his positions have involved both teaching and research. Within Loughborough Design School, he is Professor of Computer Aided Product Design and, since December 2017, he has also been the Associate Dean for Teaching.

His wealth of knowledge and experience provides students with an invaluable insight into his specialist area of additive manufacturing and 3D printing. His expertise in the field also extends to his research, with his principal area of research being the integration of 3D printing into the design process (the topic in which he gained his PhD in 1998). Ian’s research has been funded by various sources including the EPSRC, the Royal Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the European Commission, the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission and the National Research Foundation of South Africa. Industrial involvement in his research has come from Procter and Gamble, Jaguar Cars, Frito Lay and DaimlerChrysler. He has also developed long-term research partnerships with the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, the University of Maribor and the Vaal University of Technology, where he is also a Visiting Professor.

Ian commented “I have thoroughly enjoyed working at Loughborough over the past 18 years and it has been extremely rewarding to be part of an institution that has gone from strength to strength”.

We are very proud to have such a highly esteemed academic as part of the team in the Design School and congratulate Ian on all your accomplishments over the past 18 years.