Dr Laura Justham

PhD, MPhys DIS

Pronouns: She/her
  • Reader in Human Centric Inclusive Engineering
  • Co-Director of Undergraduate Admissions
  • Academic Liaison Officer for the Women’s Engineering Society (WES)


Laura graduated from Loughborough University in 2003 with a Masters of Physics degree and Diploma of Industrial Studies. She completed her PhD at Loughborough University, graduating in 2007. The focus of the project was the development of a novel, integrating training device for cricket. She completed a number of Post Doctoral research positions before taking up her lectureship in 2012. Throughout her postgraduate studies and academic career, her research focus has been on the development of advanced manufacturing processes which has focused on novel system integration; developing individual components and integrating them together with machine vision, computer control and instrumentation to develop superior systems.

Laura is a Senior Lecturer at Loughborough University and an academic member of the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Intelligent Automation. She is the lead academic for the advanced manufacturing processes within the Centre. She leads the adaptive Welding and Cladding research work as well as fundamental research into the phenomenon of electro-adhesion for mobile robotic systems.

Main research interests

  • Automation through robotics
  • Methods of adopting better human-machine co-operation
  • Advanced machine vision systems

Grants and contracts

  • 2017 – 2018 Innovate UK CONFIGURE project LU Principal Investigator
  • 2018 – 2020 Innovate UK AutoTIG project LU Principal Investigator
  • 2018 – 2021 EPSRC DigiTOp project LU Co-Investigator

Current teaching responsibilities

Module leader for:

  • WSA015 – Industrial Group Project for Electrical, Electronics and Electrical Engineering,
  • WSA017 – Industrial Group Project for Electronic and Computer Systems Engineering,
  • WSA018 – Industrial Group Project for Robotics, Mechatronics and Control Engineering

Part C Project Supervisor and Moderator

Current administrative responsibilities

  • Co-Director of Undergraduate Admissions for the Wolf School
  • Personal Best Champion and Module Leader

External collaborators

  • Weir Minerals, Todmorden
  • Loop Technology
  • TTL
  • Network Rail
  • The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC)
  • Rolls Royce, Derby
  • The Welding Institute (TWI)
  • Graham Engineering
  • CyberWeld
  • Nottingham University
  • Cranfield University
  • Bristol Robotics Lab