Staff profile

Dan Garner

Senior Lecturer in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Programme Leader BSc (Hons) Product Design Engineering Programme Leader MSc Advanced Materials and Additive Manufacturing


Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering


College of Science and Engineering


School of Computing and Engineering, University of Derby Online Learning


Markeaton Street, Derby Campus



I have worked at the University of Derby since 2002 after spending 4 years in the automotive and plastic manufacturing industries. Originally employed to look after the Advanced Manufacturing Workshops I have now been a full time academic since 2011. Currently I’m working as the programme leader for BSc Product Design Engineering and MSc Advanced Materials and Additive Manufacturing, and my interests have generally been related to the technologies which enable the design and manufacture of consumer products. 

Teaching responsibilities

BA and BSc Product Design modules

MSc Additive Manufacturing modules

Professional interests

Interests in Computer Aided Design and Manufacture, Reverse Engineering and Additive Manufacturing

Leading the development of the Derby Makerspace - we are a founding member of MIT's Make Impact Consortium which aims to promote making and entrepreneurship globally.

Research interests

I have been working in the field of Additive Manufacturing since 2002 and this is currently my focus for research. Current projects are to investigate the integration of composite materials and additive manufactured structures for high performance applications. I have recently been involved in a KTP project conducting research in to lightweight structures used in the rail industry.


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Experience in industry

Additional interests and activities

Personal interests

I enjoy white water kayaking and winter sports and now have an opportunity to pass on my love of these sports to my 2 young boys.

In the media

Meeting the needs of an ageing society is one of four 'grand challenges' identified in the government's Industrial Strategy to help create an economy that works for everyone. With the UK population ageing, Dan Garner, Programme Leader in Product Design Engineering at the University of Derby, looks at how technology and design are helping older people lead independent and fulfilling lives.