Professor David Butler

Design, Manufacturing and Engineering Management


Personal statement

Prior to joining DMEM in June 2017, I spent the past 18 years as an Associate Professor at the Nanyang Technological University. In 2011, I was tasked with establishing the Advanced Remanufacturing & Technology Centre  (ARTC) which has now grown to over 180 staff. My focus at Strathclyde is the areas of Manufacturing Metrology & Processes and is a joint position with the National Physical Laboratory. 

In Singapore I supervised 8 PhD students, over 50 Masters disertations and approximately 160 final year projects. Apart from academic activities I was involved in establishing and advising the TEDxNTU Conference which recently held its seventh event in October 2017 with 1600 participants. From 2003 to 2015 I was the Chief Judge on the televised National Science Challenge - a competition aimed at 15 year olds to encourage their interest in STEM.

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  • Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching in Higher Education, National Institute of Education, Singapore (2001)
  • PhD Engineering Metrology, The University of Birmingham (1999)
  • MSc(Eng) Integrated Quality Systems, The University of Birmingham (1993)
  • BEng(Hons) Manufacturing Engineering & Economics, The University of Birmingham (1992)
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I have taught a number of subjects over the past 25 years at the University of Strathclyde, Nanyang Technological University and the University of Birmingham. These have included:

Masters Level (University of Strathclyde)

  • EF931  :  Project Management
  • DM994 : Systems Engineering Concepts
  • DM944 : Product Costing & Financial Management
  • DM933 : Engineering Risk Management


MSc Technopreneurship (Nanyang Technopreneurship Centre)

  • TP6101: Technology Innovation & Design 

MSc Precision Engineering

  • M6301: Advanced Metrology & Sensing Systems
  • M6530: Advanced Biomaterials
  • M6234: Advanced Manufacturing Systems

BEng(Hons) Mechanical Engineering & Aerospace Engineering Courses

  • MP2017: Engineering Innovation & Design
  • MA4842: Engineering Metrology
  • MA4848: Net Shape Manufacturing
  • M472: Nanotechnology
  • G128: C Programming
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Professional Activities

Digital Manufacturing with a focus on AI for digital transformation
International Conference on Metrology and Properties of Surfaces
A smooth solution to a rough problem
The 22nd International Symposium on Advances in Abrasive Technology
Member of programme committee
FEATURE: Industry 4.NO – measuring up the fourth Industrial Revolution
Journal of Micromanufacturing (Journal)
Editorial board member

More professional activities


KTP - Renewable Parts Ltd. Remanufacturing, metrology, assessment and evaluation of end-of-life-turbines for the renewables sector.
Marrocco, Tiziana (Principal Investigator) Butler, David (Co-investigator) MacBryde, Jillian (Co-investigator) Sillars, Fiona (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2024
National Transition Training Fund 2 (Value : GBP 250K)
Butler, David (Principal Investigator)
Funding from the Scottish Funding Council Through NMIS: Value GBP 250K
01-Jan-2021 - 30-Jan-2022
Aerospace Technology Institute-Design for Decommissioning (GBP 15.5K)
Butler, David (Principal Investigator) Cantwell, Paul (Co-investigator)
06-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2021
National Transition Training Fund 1 (Value : GBP300K)
Butler, David (Principal Investigator)
Funding from the Scottish Funding Council Through NMIS: Value GBP 300K
01-Jan-2021 - 30-Jan-2021
Identification of Barriers to Adoption of Remanufactured Wind Turbine Components
Butler, David (Principal Investigator)
Total Project Value : GBP 15,502.22 (cash contribution: GBP 5502.22)
18-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2021
Scottish Government Aerospace Response Group - Industry Champion for Aircraft Decommissioning
Butler, David (Principal Investigator)
05-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2021

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Professor David Butler
Design, Manufacturing and Engineering Management

Tel: 548 2411