Personal Background

Dr Christian Hicks, School of Mechanical & Systems Engineering
Stephenson Building, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Newcastle NE1 7RU.

I was born in Stannington Village near Sheffield. I attended Bradfield Comprehensive School where I studied Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and General Studies to "A" level. I then studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Leeds. I graduated in 1984 and became a graduate trainee at NEI Parsons Ltd., Newcastle, who designed and manufactured large steam turbines and generators for the power industry. I had a wide range of secondments, in design, purchasing, projects, construction (Drax Power Station), maintenance (Ratcliffe Power Station), manufacturing and computing. Having completed my training I worked in the Works Computer Systems Department where I worked on the development of Computer Aided Production Management Systems. This mainly involved systems analysis and database programming.

In May 1987 I was became a Research Associate at Newcastle University working on a project entitled "The application of computer aided production management (CAPM) systems in engineer-to-order companies". This work was supervised by Professor Paul Braiden and sponsored by Northern Engineering Industries and the Science and Engineering Research Council (SERC).

In 1989 I was appointed as a Lecturer in the Department of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering. My teaching included manufacturing, management and accounting and I was Degree Programme Director for the MEng in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. In 2002, I was promoted to Senior Lecturer. Further details are contained in my CV.

Chris Hicks Homepage        This page was last updated on 31st July 2003.