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    University of Lincoln
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    LN6 7TS
    United Kingdom

    Dr Colin Dowding

    Senior Lecturer / Programme Leader

    School of Engineering
    College of Science

    About Colin Dowding

    Dr Colin Dowding joined the School of Engineering in 2010 and was promoted to the post of Senior Lecturer of Mechanical Engineering in 2012. Dr Dowding is active in the fields of laser micro-machining for the display and metal-surface treatment industries; non-contact laser bonding of polymer laminates for the food and logistics industries; laser surface modification of ferrous materials for the food industry; and energetic material ignition for the defence industry. Dr Dowding’s research is backed by respected companies such as Marks & Spencer PLC and e2v Ltd. as well as funding bodies such as Innovate UK. Dr Dowding has published in these fields and regularly attends internationally peer reviewed conferences in locations around the world.

    Dr Dowding also has expertise in the fields of Technical Drawing and Computer Aided Engineering; applying this knowledge as module leader for ENG1016. Adept in the field of Rigid Body Dynamics; Dr Dowding is the module leader of ENG1012. Dr Dowding has also applied both of these additional areas of expertise to research projects, offering support to on going projects for Siemens, among others.

    Dr Dowding is the Outreach Coordinator for Engineering, organising internal events (for schools to access university staff and equipment) and external events, such as November SPARKler! 2017, the University of Lincoln Engineering Roadshow during Science and Engineering Week 2014 and the SPARK! Engineering Festival held at Lincoln Cathedral over three days every two years since April 2013.

    Department Responsibilities

    Research Group Leader: Manufacturing, Processing and Materials Research Group
    Program Leader: MSc Mechanical Engineering
    Outreach Activity Coordinator
    Module Leader: ENG1016 - Engineering Statics and Dynamics
    Module Leader: ENG1012 - Technical Drawing and CAD
    REF Unit of Assessment Coordinator - Impact

    Subject Specialism

    Laser interactions with materials with specific focus upon surface modification and micro-machining.


    • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching & Learning (PGCE HETL) — University of Lincoln, 2013
    • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) — Loughborough University, 2009
    • Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering with Honours (BEng Hons) — Loughborough University, 2006

    Professional Affiliations

    External Activities and Consultancy

    Numerical modelling of EFI modules for e2v Lincoln Ltd. (2012)
    Engineering Consultant for Micronanics Ltd. (2010)

    Research Interests

    Research Group Memberships

    • Manufacturing Processes and Materials Research Group

    Research Projects

    • ING1617_11_144: Lincolnshire Engineering Festival: SPARK! 2017 –School Involvement and Legacy Projects. — Awarded £29,660 by Royal Academy of Engineering in 2016
    • ‘Variable Effects Initiator’ — Awarded £30,695 by e2v Ltd. in 2014
    • HE-STEM East Midlands Outreach Project — Awarded £2,500 by HEA in 2012
    • ‘Perfect Seal’ — Awarded £100,000 by Marks & Spencer in 2011

    Research in the Lincoln Repository

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