In the Department of Mechanical Engineering, through our staff's personal commitment to research informed teaching and industrial Research and Development, we carry out wide and varied inter-disciplinary research. On account of this Faculty-wide philosophy the Thornton Science Park provides an environment for creative and supportive research and development in which new ideas are created and flourish.

A considerable amount of the research and development that is carried out within the Department of Mechanical Engineering is conducted in conjunction with industry. This enables the enrichment of the student teaching and learning experience through current and directed research informed teaching which is heavily aligned to industry. This is significant as it makes inroads to achieving industry ready graduates who are aware and have an appreciation for the current needs of industry.

As part of the research informed teaching remit within the Faculty of Science and Engineering, the Department of Mechanical Engineering is home to:


What has been said about our research?

Alice Gillett - "It’s very exciting to see the potential of today’s laser material processing research projects saving lives tomorrow. Using Excimer lasers to treat surfaces to minimize the attachment of deadly bacteria opens the door to a safer environment in hospitals and also in industry, a great example of how all contributions including this one from the University of Chester make ICALEO such an exciting conference."

Chi-Ho Ng - "The University of Chester’s paper on improving the surface of biomedical implants with laser surface treatment at ICALEO 2015 shows how laser material processing can be instrumental in tailoring material characteristics. We valued the contribution especially since it supported our expansion into biomedical applications of lasers and laser material processing in 2015, and hope to hear about further work in 2016."

What do our students say?

Dean Rooney – “There is close connection with industry which will help with work experience and employability”.”