David Whalley


  • Visiting Fellow in Electronics Packaging


  • Born in Blackburn, Lancashire and attended Ledbury Grammar School, Herefordshire. 
  • Graduated from Loughborough University in 1984 and subsequently worked as a research engineer both at Loughborough University and at the Lucas Advanced Engineering Centre in Solihull, Birmingham.
  • Appointed as a lecturer in 1990 and promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1998. 
  • Visiting Professor, Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 2001/2002.

Interests and activities

  • Physical realisation of electronic products and other micro-engineered devices, e.g.:
    • Simulation and control of electronics manufacturing processes, such as reflow soldering, conductive adhesive bonding and PCB manufacturing;
    • Materials for electronics packaging and interconnection, including properties of conductive particles in adhesives and high temperature interconnection materials;
    • Thermal design of electronic systems;
    • Reliability, particularly using physics of failure type approaches, including simulation of thermal fatigue in solder joints, effects of contamination and coatings on reliability, reliability of electrical connectors, and how reliability is affected by the manufacturing process.


  • 1993: I.Mech.E. Thatcher Bros. Prize for the best paper on a manufacturing industries mechanical engineering subject published in the Proceedings of the Institution that year
  • 1993: I.Mech. E. Donald Julius Groen Prize of the Manufacturing Technology Design and Quality Group
  • 2000: Winner of the Litterati Club highly commended award