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