Imperial College London

Dr Marco Aurisicchio

Faculty of EngineeringDyson School of Design Engineering

Reader in Engineering Design







Office 1 (104)Dyson BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Dr Marco Aurisicchio is Reader - Associate Professor - in Engineering Design in the Dyson School at Imperial College London. His current roles include:

Marco has had the roles of Director of Research and Director of Postgraduate Studies in the Dyson School. Prior to joining the School, he was a Senior Lecturer in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Imperial. He joined Imperial from the Engineering Design Centre at the University of Cambridge where he studied his Ph.D. in Engineering Design and then progressed to a Research Associate post. During his doctoral and postdoctoral research, he worked within the BAE Systems and Rolls-Royce University Technology Partnership for Design. Marco received a Laurea in Mechanical Engineering from the Universita’ degli Studi di Roma "La Sapienza" in 2000.

He currently leads a team of four PhD students and one Research Associate. As part of his research Marco has collaborated with various businesses and agencies including Procter & Gamble (Gillette), Nestle, Weir Minerals, Laing O'Rourke, CERN, Nacco Materials Handling Group, NASA, Solar Turbines, Rolls-Royce, BAE Systems, and Smiths Medical International.   

His research interests are in the following areas.

Sustainable consumption and manufacturing. To support the shift towards a circular economy he has investigated the use of product-service systems to produce closed resource loops and the role of consumers. He has also conducted studies to research the difference between recycling and reuse behaviours and to model behaviour chains in reuse systems. 

Construction as manufacturing. His work in this area has focused on the design and optimisation of supply chains for modular construction projects and understanding the root causes of schedule deviation in construction. 

User experience and human-product interaction. To support designers in industry, he has conducted research to model user experience and understand affective experiences with durable products including consumer electronics.

Engineering safety-critical systems. In this area, he has conducted studies of engineers’ information seeking behaviour, and investigated methods for design rationale capture and functional modelling. He started this research in collaboration with Rolls-Royce and then took it to NASA's Ames Research Centre where he collaborates with the Human-Centered Systems Lab. As part of this work he has been involved in the research and development of two visual knowledge capture tools: 1) Decision Rationale editor (DRed); and 2) design Visual Understanding Environment (designVUE).

Active research projects

Two P&G and EPSRC iCASE projects.

EPSRC project called 'Holistic integration of technology, design and policy for a greener plastic future'.

Enquiries from potential research students interested in working in any of the above research areas are welcome.



Hsu P-Y, Aurisicchio M, Angeloudis P, et al., 2020, Understanding and visualizing schedule deviations in construction projects using fault tree analysis, Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, Vol:27, ISSN:0969-9988, Pages:2501-2522

Zeeuw van der Laan A, Aurisicchio M, 2020, A framework to use product-service systems as plans to produce closed-loop resource flows, Journal of Cleaner Production, Vol:252, ISSN:0959-6526, Pages:1-15

Zeeuw Van Der Laan A, Aurisicchio M, 2019, Archetypical consumer roles in closing the loops of resource flows for Fast-Moving Consumer Goods, Journal of Cleaner Production, Vol:236, ISSN:0959-6526

Hsu P-Y, Aurisicchio M, Angeloudis P, 2019, Risk-averse supply chain for modular construction projects, Automation in Construction, Vol:106, ISSN:0926-5805, Pages:1-12


Aurisicchio M, Zeeuw Van Der Laan A, Tennant M, Material-Service Systems for Sustainable Resource Management, EcoDesign 2019

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