Dr 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.


  • 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)


A non-contact measuring system for in-situ surface characterization based on laser confocal microscopy
Fu Shaowei, Cheng Fang, Tjahjowidodo Tegoeh, Yu Zhou, Butler David
Sensors Vol 18 (2018)
A novel media properties-based material removal rate model for magnetic field-assisted finishing
Kum Chun Wai, Sato Takashi, Guo Jiang, Liu Kui, Butler David
International Journal of Mechanical Sciences Vol 141, pp. 189-197 (2018)
A numerical and experimental study of distribution of the residual stress on the shot peened low alloy steel
Trung Pham Quang, Butler David Lee, Idapalapati Sridhar
Journal of Engineering Materials and Technology Vol 140 (2018)
Effect of shot peening process on the fatigue life of shot peened low alloy steel
Trung Pham Quang, Khun Nay Win, Butler David Lee
Journal of Engineering Materials and Technology Vol 140 (2018)
New approach to estimate coverage parameter in 3D FEM shot peening simulation
Pham Trung Quang, Khun Nay Win, Butler David Lee
Surface Engineering Vol 33 (2017)
An investigation of the properties of conventional and severe shot peened low alloy steel
Pham Trung Quang, Butler David Lee, Khun Nay Win
Materials Research Express Vol 4 (2017)

More publications


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

Professional activities

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
Surface Topography: Metrology and Properties (Journal)
Editorial board member

More professional activities


Identifying the Potential for Zero Waste Decommissioning of Commercial Aircraft
Butler, David (Principal Investigator)
08-Jan-2020 - 12-Jan-2020
Advancing Manufacturing Challenge Fund- Aerospace Visualisation Suite
Butler, David (Co-investigator)
20-Jan-2020 - 31-Jan-2022
KTP - James Johnston
Butler, David (Principal Investigator) Hernandez, Jose Luis (Co-investigator) Hird, Abigail (Co-investigator) Rentizelas, Athanasios (Co-investigator)
20-Jan-2017 - 19-Jan-2020
Butler, David (Principal Investigator) Heyes, Andrew (Co-investigator) McCallum, Fraser Ian (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 01-Jan-2021

More projects


Design, Manufacturing and Engineering Management
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