Dyson School of Design Engineering

An introduction to Design Engineering.

An introduction to Design Engineering

Design engineers are problem solvers who bridge the gap between traditional engineering and design to create innovative solutions to modern challenges, from improving passenger comfort on commercial airlines to designing next-generation sports prostheses.

It's a highly creative discipline that draws on knowledge of manufacturing techniques, product development, technical design and rapid prototyping to bring new innovations to market, and to improve existing products and the processes used for making them.

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About Us

The Dyson School of Design Engineering is the 10th and newest engineering department at Imperial College London. It was founded in 2014 and assisted by a generous donation from the James Dyson Foundation.  Our goal is to fuse together design thinking, engineering knowledge and practice, to foster a culture of innovation and enterprise, to help solve global problems with emphasis on sustainability, entrepreneurship and societal impact.

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The School offers courses at undergraduate, postgraduate (MA/MSc/MRes), and PhD levels, blending disciplines within design engineering and providing opportunities for advanced study and research.

If you would like to hear more about the courses from the School's staff or students, prospective students are welcome to attend one of Imperial's undergraduate open days or postgraduate open days.

Head of department, Dyson School of Design Engineering

Head of Department

Professor Robert Shorten joined the College in 2019 as Chair in Cyber Physical Systems Design at the Dyson School of Design Engineering. Prior to joining Imperial, Professor Shorten was Professor of Decision Science and Control Theory at University College Dublin, and before that worked at IBM Research. 

His research interests include stability theory, congestion control, smart cities and smart mobility, the design of cyber-physical systems, and the design of sharing and circular economy systems.

Read Professor Robert Shorten's welcome message, as he introduces you to the transformative landscape of design engineering.