School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering


Professor David Williams OBE FREng BSc PhD DEng CEng FIMechE

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Emeritus Professor of Healthcare Engineering


  • Educated at UMIST (BSc 1975, DEng 2001) and Cambridge Universities (PhD 1981);
  • Student Apprentice GKN (1971-1975);
  • Assistant Engineer Metal Box (1979-1980);
  • Ford of Britain Fellow (1980-1983) then Lecturer in Manufacturing and Design (1983-1988) Cambridge University Engineering Department and Fellow of Downing College; Associate Cambridge Consultants (1987-1992);
  • Professor of Manufacturing Processes Loughborough University (1989-1999);
  • Head of Department of Manufacturing Engineering (1991-1995);
  • Director of Prime Faraday Partnership (1997-1999);
  • Manufacturing Technology Director, Bespak Europe then Technical Director Bespak Operations (1993-2003);
  • Professor of Healthcare Engineering Loughborough University from 2003;
  • Director of the Research School of Health and Life Sciences (2006-2013);
  • Honorary Historical Consultant Royal Armouries from 2009;
  • Director of the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Regenerative Medicine (2010-14);
  • Visiting Professor University of Huddersfield (2013-2017);
  • University Academic Research Challenge Lead Health and Wellbeing (2014-2015);
  • University Academic Lead in Defence Medicine (2015-2017);
  • Visiting SIMTech Fellow Singapore (2016-2017);
  • Emeritus Professor from 2019.


  • OBE for services to science and engineering in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, 2014
  • Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, 2002

Research Interests and Activities

  • Translation and Commercialisation of Medical Technologies;
  • Manufacturing Technology for Cell and Tissue Based Therapies;
  • Rehabilitation and Regeneration;
  • Defence Medicine;
  • History of Precision Manufacturing, particularly Gunmaking.

External Activities

  • Journal editorships
    • Editor of International Journal of Computer Integrated Manufacturing (1988-2006); Founding Editor Journal of Electronics Manufacturing (1991)
    • Honorary Editor of the Journal of the Arms and Armour Society from 2015
  • Journal editorial board membership
    • Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing; Revue Internationale d’Ingenierie des Systemes de Production Mechanique; CIRP Journal of Manufacturing Science and Technology, Royal Armouries Arms and Armour Journal, Journal of the Historic Breechloading Smallarms Association 
  • Learned society engagement
    • Fellow of Royal Academy of Engineering 2002; Member of Royal Academy of Engineering Membership Panel 1 (2004-2007); Fellow of CIRP 2000 (Emeritus 2019); Member of Royal Academy of Engineering Membership Panel 9 - Medical & Bioengineering (2018-2021).
  • Professional affiliations
    • Chartered Engineer, CEng; Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, FIMechE; Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, FSA; Member Institute of Directors, MIOD; Senior Member of the Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers (USA)
  • Major Recent conference activity
    • Chair Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 1stManufacturing the Future Conference 2012;
  • Recent Invited and Keynote Presentations:
    • New Zealand Invited Visitor Otago University 2009
    • Invited Lecture, FESAC International Conference, Royal Armouries, 2010
    • Invited Lecture, IFF Stuttgart 50th Anniversary Conference, 2010
    • Invited Presentation, 2nd International Conference on Stem Cell Bio-manufacturing Georgia Tech, Atlanta 2010
    • Manufuture Invited Presentation and Session Chair, Wroclaw, 2011
    • Cell Therapy Bioprocessing Conference Invited Presentation, Reston, USA, 2011
    • Invited Presentation, Regenerative Medicine Workshop, Hilton Head, USA, 2011
    • Invited Presentation, Erlangen Co-operation Forum Cell Based Therapie,s 2012
    • Invited Keynote, UK-Spain Workshop on Translational Regenerative Medicine, Madrid, 2012
    • Invited Presentation, Bayerisches Armeemuseum, Ingolstadt, 2012
    • Wroclaw University of Technology Visiting Professor Scheme Lecture, 2013
    • Keynote World Congress in Regenerative Medicine, Leipzig, 2013
    • William K Mong Distinguished Lecturer University of Hong Kong, 2013
    • Invited Presentation, North Carolina State University, 2015
    • Keynote Presentation, Bioman Conference, Boston, 2015
    • Invited Presentation, SIMTech, Singapore, 2016
    • Keynote Presentation, 4th Belgian Symposium on Tissue Engineering, Leuven, 2016
    • Canadian Guild of Antique Arms Historians' 50th Anniversary Meeting Guest Speaker, Dundurn Castle, Ontario, Canada, 2017
  • Recent Advisory Roles
    • Technology Strategy Board Assessor & Panel Member Technologies for Health (2008); Stroke (2010); and Dementia (2010);
    • Independent Member of DSAC 2008-2012;
    • Independent Member Wellcome/DoH Healthcare Innovation Challenge Fund Panel 2009-2010;
    • Chair VINNOVA Sweden National Manufacturing Research Review 2009;
    • Deputy Chair NHS i4i Late Stage Funding Panel from 2010;
    • Research Council for Norway Generalist Evaluator Centres for Research-based Innovation 2010;
    • Chair EPSRC Synthetic Biology Panel 2010; 
    • FORFAS Ireland National Research Prioritisation Exercise International Review 2011;
    • Chair EPSRC Civil Engineering Platform Grant Panel 2012;
    • Member Biomedical Catalyst Fund Large Awards Committee 2012-2019;
    • IDA Irish Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Centre Technology External Review Panel Member 2012;
    • Higher Education Funding Council for England Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee Member 2013-2015;
    • Department of Health Regenerative Medicine Expert Group Member 2013-15;
    • Chair EPSRC Manufacturing for Health Panel 2014;
    • Vinnova Sweden Strategic Research Area Initiative Expert Evaluator 2014-2015;
    • Research Council Norway Panel Chair and Generalist Evaluator, Centres for Research-based Innovation 2015;
    • Member Defence & National Rehabilitation Centre National Workstream Steering Group 2015-2017;
    • Member Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowships Steering Group 2015-2018;
    • The Electrospinning Company, Harwell, Scientific Advisory Board Member from 2015;
    • Vinnova Sweden Competence Centre Competition Generalist Evaluator and Panel Chair 2016-2017;
    • FloDesignSonics, Wilbraham MA, USA, Scientific Advisory Board Member from 2016;
    • Member European Research Council Consolidator Award Panel Life Sciences 7 (Translation) from 2016;
    • A-STAR Singapore Visiting Expert to PharmBio Cluster 2017;
    • Generalist Evaluator for Norwegian (RCN) Centres for Research-based Innovation (SFI) 2018-2019;
    • Enterprise Ireland PMTC Career-FIT Opportunities Panel 2018;
    • A-STAR and NRF Singapore Funding Panels in Regenerative Medicine 2018;
    • Member Royal Academy of Engineering Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowships Panel from 2018;
    • Member NIHR Surgical Reconstruction and Microbiology Research Centre Scientific Advisory Group from 2018;
    • Member UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships Panel Pool from 2018;
    • Scientific Advisory Board Member, Centre for Biomolecular Sciences, Nottingham University from 2019;
    • External Scientific Advisor Injury & Reconstruction Biomechanics Test Suite, Imperial College, from 2019
  • Collaborative Research
  • Commercialisation of research
    • Sabbatical leave Lucas Advanced Vehicle Systems (1995); Non Executive Director Medlink East Midlands (2005-2006)


  • Institution of Mechanical Engineers Thatcher Brothers Prize, 1993
  • Institution of Mechanical Engineers Donald Julius Groen Prize, 1993 
  • Institution of Chemical Engineers Donald Medal, 2017

Athena Swan Bronze award

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