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.


  • 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)


Optimization of selective laser melting process for zirconium lattices as orthopaedic implants
Crocco Beatrice, Imbrogno Stano, Tamimi Saeed, Moataz Attallah Moataz, Butler David
EURO PM2021 Congress (2021)
Study on hardness and wear resistance of shot peened AA7075-T6 aluminum alloy
Khun Nay Win, Trung Pham Quang, Butler David Lee
Engineering Research Express Vol 3 (2021)
Standards in additive manufacturing
Butler David, Woolliams Peter
Precision Metal Additive Manufacturing (2020) (2020)
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)

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

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

More projects


Design, Manufacturing and Engineering Management
James Weir

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