School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering


Paul Maynard BEng (Hons) FHEA

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University Teacher


Before joining the Wolfson School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering as a University Teacher Paul spent 20 years in Industry working in technical and managerial positions in the Telecommunications, Mining, Rail and Consumer Product Design sectors.

Whilst employed as an Application Manager at Ericsson Paul delivered a unified approach to Computer Aided Engineering and contributed towards the standardisation of Ericsson’s working methodology. Paul implemented and managed the rapid prototyping facility within Ericsson delivering improved product design lead-time and ‘right first time’. Paul helped to form a Global Mechanical Engineering team at Ericsson to share design ideas and harmonise design tools and working methodology. This led to a 22% reduction in global CAD costs.

During his time as a Senior Mechanical Engineer at Marconi Paul applied his technical knowledge to the design of innovative telecommunications products using sheet metal, injection moulding, pressure die casting and machined techniques. Within his role at Marconi Paul developed and managed relationships with supply chain, partners and vendors.

Within the Mining sector Paul derived and applied stress analysis calculations on large complex structural designs to survive rigorous in house testing. Paul has successfully applied Finite Element Analysis to harsh underground environments where material selection and strength are critical.

Paul joined Loughborough University in 2010 and he has been passionate about forming relationships with Industry for future graduates. Paul created the ‘Dyson lab’ in 2011 which involved hands on teaching with the latest Dyson range of products to enhance the students understanding of the modern challenge facing Product Designers.

In 2011 Paul implemented the ‘Wolfson Design Suite’ in the Wolfson School at Loughborough University to encourage and support active teamwork for student groups. The Design Suite formed a creative space where students could interact in groups together with academics and industrial partners.

Paul completed the New Lecturers’ Course in 2012 and achieved the status of Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Research/Teaching Interests and Activities

  • Computer Aided Design and Manufacture.
  • Stress Analysis and Finite Element Analysis.
  • Additive Manufacturing for the High Street
  • Material selection
  • Engaging and making teaching connections with industry.

University Activities

  • Academic Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • University Moderator for Final year projects
  • Responsible Examiner for Industry Based Projects
  • Undergraduate Admissions Head for the Product Design Engineering course

Athena Swan Bronze award

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The Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering
Loughborough University
LE11 3TU