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    PhD projects

    Product Design for International Development
    Product Design modelling and prototyping technologies

    Personal profile


    A Chartered Engineer and European Engineer, Chartered Environmentalist and Chartered Technological Product Designer, Lyndon is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED) and a member of the IED Education and Training Committee. He has been the IED representative on the organising committee of the annual International Engineering & Product Design Education (E&PDE) Conference since 2010 for the IED and the Design Society. At Aston he is Programme Director for BSc Product Design and Technology, BSc Product Design and Management, and MSci Design, Enterprise and Innovation, and teaches across the product design and mechanical/design engineering courses. Lyndon holds several external examiner roles at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and is actively involved in IED course accreditations and professional reviews. He is currently co-editor of DATE: Design and Technology Education - An International Journal, which is published 3 times a year by the Design and Technology Association. He is currently supervising 2 PhDs in product design and has 5 completions as primary supervisor. In addition to current research work he is a member of the external advisory board for the EU Horizon 2020 and Indian DST funded PANIWATER project, working to provide clean drinking water in peri-urban India.

    Research Projects/Collaborations

    EU Horizon 2020/Indian DST PANIWATER project External Advisory Board 
    April 2020 - December 2023

    Funding Applications and Awards

    Principal Investigator PANIWATER Project EU Horizon 2020
    February 2019 - April 2020
    PANIWATER (Photo-irradiation and Adsorption Novel Innovations for Water-treatment) is a joint EU-Indian funded project through the Horizon 2020 programme and Indian Department of Science & Technology (DST) which consists of 18 partners in 6 countries (Ireland, UK, Spain, Italy, Cyprus and India. The total budget is €5M over 4 years under H2020 Societal Challenge 5 (SC5) - climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials. The aim of the project is to develop a range of prototypes and technologies for the treatment of wastewater and drinking water to remove contaminants of emerging concern (CECs) and other pollutants. Drinking water treatment technologies will include combined filtration, adsorption, UV-C LED treatment, a Solar Water Disinfection Transparent Jerrrycan, and electrocoagulation, oxidation, and disinfection (EOD). These prototypes will be deployed in peri-urban and rural areas in India. PANIWATER aims to work with end users on site with actions such as mapping CECs, removing CECs, health impact assessments, assessing social impacts of these interventions with the prototypes to invoke awareness for safe reuse of wastewater for irrigation, and preservation of potable water sources. PANIWATER technologies will have a significant potential market among the large rural population (60 million+) in India which heavily depends on agriculture, and communities highly vulnerable to risk of exposure to waterborne CECs.

    Funding Applications and Awards

    Principal Investigator WATERSPOUTT Project EU Horizon 2020
    June 2016 - April 2020 
    WATERSPOUTT (Water – Sustainable Point-Of-Use Treatment Technologies) is an EU funded project through the Horizon 2020 programme which consists of 18 partners in 12 countries (Ireland, Malawi, Ethiopia, Uganda, South Africa, UK, Spain, Netherlands, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Turkey). The total budget is €3.6M with an EU contribution of €3.1M over 4 years. The main aim of the project is to design, develop and then pilot solar based technologies for treating drinking water at the point of use. These will be piloted and assessed for their impact on waterborne disease in Malawi, Ethiopia, Uganda and South Africa.

    Professional/editorial offices

    Co Editor - Design & Technology Education: An International Journal, The Design and Technology Association 
    Co Editor - Proceedings of the International Conference on Engineering & Product Design Education Conference E&PDE

    Membership of Professional Bodies

    Fellow of the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED) FIED

    Member of the IED Education & Training Committee

    Chartered Engineer and Chartered Product Designer (IED)

    Engineers Europe European Engineer EUR ING

    Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce FRSA

    Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (Advance HE) SFHEA

    Member of the British Industrial Design Association BIDA

    Member of the Design Research Association DRS

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
    • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
    • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
    • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
    • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
    • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
    • SDG 13 - Climate Action
    • SDG 15 - Life on Land

    Education/Academic qualification

    PhD, Furniture Design with Composite Materials , Brunel University

    1 Apr 19941 Jul 1997

    Award Date: 1 Jul 1997

    MA, Furniture and Product Design , Brunel University

    1 Sept 19911 Jul 1993

    Award Date: 1 Jul 1993

    BSc, Industrial Design , Brunel University

    1 Sept 19871 Jul 1991

    Award Date: 1 Jul 1991

    External positions

    External Examiner PhD, Leeds Beckett University

    1 Mar 20221 Jun 2022

    External Examiner BSc Product Design, University of Bedfordshire

    1 Sept 20211 Sept 2025

    External Examiner BA Product and Industrial Design, University of Hertfordshire

    1 Sept 202131 Aug 2025

    External Advisory Board, EU Horizon 2020 PANIWATER project

    1 Apr 20201 Mar 2023

    External Examiner PhD, Brunel University

    1 Mar 20201 Jun 2020

    External Examiner BA/MA Design and MRes Arts, Arts University Bournemouth

    1 Sept 20191 Sept 2023

    Co-Editor DATE Design and Technology Education: An International Journal, Design and Technology Association DATA

    1 Jan 2019 → …

    External Examiner BSc(Hons) Product Design , Technological University Dublin

    1 Sept 20181 Sept 2022

    External Examiner MDes/MSc Product Design, University of Strathclyde

    1 Sept 201731 Dec 2021

    External Examiner PhD, Aston Univeristy

    1 Mar 20171 Jun 2017

    External Examiner BA Product Design, Leeds Beckett University

    1 Sept 201631 Aug 2019

    External Examiner MA Product Design , Birmingham City University

    1 Jan 20161 Sept 2020

    External Examiner MA/MSc/MDes Design Innovation , Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Loughborough University London London United Kingdom

    1 Sept 201531 Dec 2017

    External Examiner PhD, Coventry University

    1 Jun 20151 Aug 2015

    External Examiner BSc Product Design , Loughborough University

    1 Sept 201331 Dec 2017

    External Examiner PhD, Brunel University

    1 Jul 20131 Sept 2013

    External Examiner MPhil, Coventry University

    1 Mar 20131 Apr 2013

    External Examiner BSc Product Design/Product Design Engineering, London South Bank University

    1 Sept 20121 Sept 2015

    External Examiner BSc Product Design, Aston University

    1 Sept 20111 Sept 2014

    External Examiner BSc Product Design , University of Bradford

    1 Sept 20091 Sept 2013

    External Examiner BSc Product Design, University of South Wales

    1 Sept 200931 Dec 2010

    External Examiner BA/BSc Product Design, Bournemouth University

    1 Sept 20081 Sept 2012

    External Examiner BA/BSc Product Design, University of East London

    1 Sept 20071 Sept 2012

    External Examiner PhD, Brunel University

    1 Jul 20051 Sept 2005


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