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University of Lincoln
Brayford Pool
United Kingdom

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 the SPARK Legacy Activities, the University of Lincoln Engineering Roadshow during Science and Engineering Week 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 Module Leader: ENG1016 - Engineering Statics and Dynamics Module Leader: ENG1012 - Technical Drawing and CAD Outreach Activity Coordinator Laser Safety Officer

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


  • Individual Merit Award (for increasing the external profile of the University) — University of Lincoln,
  • Investor in Education (for inspiring public engagement) — EBP,


High Shock Modelling for e2v Lincoln Ltd. (2016) Numerical modelling of EFI modules for e2v Lincoln Ltd. (2012) Engineering Consultant for Micronanics Ltd. (2010)

Research Interests

  • energetic events

  • laser

  • micro-machining

  • polymer bonding

  • surface

  • surface modification

  • ultra-fast motion

Research Groups Memberships

  • Manufacturing Processes and Materials Research Group

Research Projects

  • Laser Surface Treatment of Additive Manufactured Soft Robotic Grippers for Agri-tech — awarded £27220 by Biotechnology and Biological Science Research Council (BBSRC) in 2018
  • Business Case Assessment of Autonomous Laser Mediated Package Sealing — awarded £11000 by HEFCE (Higher Education Innovation Funding (HEIF)) in 2018
  • Autonomous Machine Vision Informed Laser Sealing (AMVILS) — awarded £34860 by Biotechnology and Biological Science Research Council (BBSRC) in 2017
  • ING1617_11_144: Lincolnshire Engineering Festival: SPARK! 2017 –School Involvement and Legacy Projects. — awarded £29660 by Royal Academy of Engineering in 2016
  • ‘Variable Effects Initiator’ — awarded £30695 by e2v Ltd. in 2014
  • 101540 : Food Industry Laser Mediated Sealing (FILMS) — awarded £198651 by Innovate UK in 2014
  • HE-STEM East Midlands Outreach Project — awarded £2500 by HEA in 2012
  • ‘Perfect Seal’ — awarded £60000 by Marks & Spencer in 2011

Research in the Lincoln Repository

Degree Responsibilities

  • Programme Leader - MSc Mechanical Engineering — 2016 to Present

Module Responsibilities

  • Module Leader - EGR1012M - Technical Drawing & CAD — 2010 to Present
  • Module Leader - EGR1016M - Engineering Statics & Dynamics — 2011 to Present

Professional Affiliations