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Prof Christopher Smith

Associate Professor


Telephone: 01392 723652

Extension: (Streatham) 3652

Prof Chris Smith is Associate Professor in Functional Materials and Deputy Assoc Dean for Research (Industry).

He graduated from the University of Leeds in 1992 and remained there to do a PhD in Biomaterials, graduating in 1995. He then worked as a post doctoral research fellow at the Universities of York and Exeter. He was appointed Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering in January 2000, Senior Lecturer in 2006, and Associate Professor in Functional Materials in 2008.

Current and recent research projects are sponsored by - Rolls-Royce and Innovate UK

Current h index = 26

Research Interests

His research interests are in adding functionality into structures and materials (AKA 'smart' or 'intelligent' ). He uses modelling to understand systems and drive optimised designs for solutions to problems, and often including prototyping and testing. Most recent work has focused on new passive lightweight vibration damping technology, and wear of friction contacts. Previous work has explored unusual phenomena such as negative Poisson's ratio, zero or negative thermal expansivity. He has worked with industry extensively, with both blue-chip and SMEs, for example Rolls-Royce and Airbus and Teignbrdige Propellers International Ltd.

He has a long standing interest in Biomimetics or Bionics - the transfer of technology from the biological world into the synthetic.

Teaching Interests

Prof Smith teaches the following modules,

ECM1107 Materials & Manufacturing: Core Engineering II,

ECM2114 Solid Mechanics,

ECM3116/7 Manufacturing,

ECMM107 Mechanics of Materials,

ECMM127 Advanced Materials Engineering

As well as supervising individual and group projects.

Other Relevant Information

He has given invited lectures at the University of Wisconsin "The Mohs Lectures by Placon" series at the Rheology Research Center - and at The Univeristy of Jilin (China), The Technical University of Ilmenau (Germany), The Jozef Stefan Institute, Physics (Slovenia), and several UK universities.

He was Conference Organiser for the "1st International Conference on Auxetics and Related Anomalous Systems" Exeter, Sept 2006 - and has served on several conference scientific committees, incl national committee member for the ICCM 17 conference in 2009. He is the local chair for the 2016 BSSM conference in Exeter.

Prof Smith was Associate Dean of Postgraduate Studies (05-07), Admissions Officer for Engineering Programmes (04-10), chaired a 'task and finish' group on new qualifications incl Diploma and Cambridge Pre-U

Prof Smith was the HE Advocate for the Engineering Diploma in the Peninsular region from 07- 09.

Qualifications: BSc, PhD