Imperial College London

Dr Marco Aurisicchio

Faculty of EngineeringDyson School of Design Engineering

Senior Lecturer



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Dr Marco Aurisicchio is a Senior Lecturer in Engineering Design in the Dyson School at Imperial College London. Other roles at Imperial include:

Marco leads a team of 7 PhD students and 2 research associates within the Design Engineering Group. The team's current research activity focuses on the design and analysis of engineering systems in sectors including healthcare, construction, aerospace, nuclear and fast moving consumer goods.

Prior to joining Imperial College, Marco was a Research Associate in the Engineering Design Centre at the University of Cambridge where he also undertook his Ph.D. in Engineering Design. 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.

As part of his research projects Marco has collaborated with various businesses and agencies including Procter & Gamble (Gillette), 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 areas of:

  • User experience
  • Design methods and design thinking
  • Innovation design engineering
  • Complex engineered systems and mechanical design
  • Safety engineering
  • Manufacturing, new materials and logistics

Marco is involved in the research and development of two visual knowledge capture tools:

Decision Rationale editor (DRed)

design Visual Understanding Environment (designVUE)

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



Baxter W, Aurisicchio M, Childs P, 2017, Contaminated Interaction Another Barrier to Circular Material Flows, Journal of Industrial Ecology, Vol:21, ISSN:1088-1980, Pages:507-516

Eng N, Aurisicchio M, Bracewell R, 2017, Mapping Software Augments Engineering Design Thinking, Journal of Mechanical Design, Vol:139, ISSN:1050-0472


Baxter W, Aurisicchio M, Childs PRN, Tear Here: the Impact of Object Transformations on Proper Disposal, IAPRI 20th World Conference on Packaging

Baxter W, Aurisicchio M, Mugge R, et al., Positive and negative contamination in user interactions, ICED17: 21st International Conference on Engineering Design, Design Society

Bahrudin F, Aurisicchio MARCO, Baxter WESTON, 2017, Sustainable materials in design projects, EKSIG 2017, TU Delft Open

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