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Mr Barney Townsend

Mr Barney Townsend

Mechanical Engineering and Design

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My background is in Engineering Product Design, followed by an MSc in Enterprise. Externally to LSBU, I have previously worked in design of Sports Equipment, Medical Devices, and Paramotor Aircraft.

I teach on number of modules across the Design and Mechanical Engineering courses at LSBU, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, specialising in engineering design methods that include creativity techniques, user research, innovation and enterprise, CAD, structural analysis, manufacturing, model making, prototyping (both digital and physical).

I am an active member of the Institution of Engineering Designers, and I participate regularly as a member of course accreditation panels.

Currently, my primary area of activity is in directing the LSBU Human Power Engineering group. This is an extra-curricular student team that designs, builds, and races various classes of human powered vehicles with the objective of breaking British and World human powered speed records. Research activities explore aerodynamics, drivetrain efficiency, and composite and CNC manufacturing techniques. In additional to the extra-curricular team, I supervise various student dissertation projects around this field, and am working with a production company documenting the project for a feature film entitled "The fastest bicycle in the world".

In other research activity, I am very interested in the intersection between digital and physical methods of form creation and enabling user innovation through more intuitive interfaces and physical or tangible computing as a means for developing novel CAD interfaces that bridge the gap between the digital and physical agency of a concept during the design process.

Courses taught

Engineering Product Design - BSc (Hons)

Product Design - BSc (Hons)

Mechanical Engineering - MEng / BEng (Hons)

Mechanical Engineering - MSc

Mechanical Engineering and Design (Top up) - BEng

MSc Enterprise (by learning contract)

London South Bank University

BSc (Hons) Engineering Product Design

London South Bank University

Postgraduate Certificate of Higher Education

London South Bank University

FunderYear wonProjectRole
2019Autodesk CoursesPrincipal Investigator
Ice Health Cryotherapy2017SCi073_Eng_Ice Health Cryotherapy_Allo Rejuvination Phase 2Co-Investigator
Institution of Engineering Designers
Higher Education Academy
Middlesex University
External examiner

BA Product Design

BEng/MEng Product Design Engineering

September 2019
Reach and Impact

Engineering Designer (Nov 1919)

Filter publications

A tale from the tropics: Education for sustainability and the value of project based learning
Andrews, D and Townsend, B (2017). A tale from the tropics: Education for sustainability and the value of project based learning. Building Community: Design Education for a Sustainable Future: 19th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ENGINEERING AND PRODUCT DESIGN EDUCATION. Oslo, Norway 07 - 08 Sep 2017

Doing engineering design: Reflections on the active learning experience
Dowlen, C and Townsend, B (2011). Doing engineering design: Reflections on the active learning experience. 13th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education. London, UK 08 - 09 Sep 2011 The Design Society. pp. 216-221