John Clarkson, Professor of Engineering Design
Director, Cambridge Engineering Design Centre
- B.A., Engineering (Electrical Sciences), Cambridge University, 1984
- Ph.D., Engineering (Electrical Machines), Cambridge University, 1988
John Clarkson returned to the department in 1995 following a seven-year spell with PA Consulting Group's Technology Division where he was Manager of the Advanced Process Group. He was appointed director of the Engineering Design Centre in 1997 and a University Professor in 2004. John is directly involved in the teaching of design at all levels of the undergraduate course.
At PA John gained wide experience of product development with a particular focus on the design of medical equipment and high-integrity systems, where clients required a risk-based systems approach to design to ensure timely delivery of safe systems.
His research interests are in the general area of engineering design, particularly the development of design methodologies to address specific design issues, for example, process management, change management, healthcare design and inclusive design. As well as publishing over 400 papers, he has written a number of books on medical equipment design and inclusive design.