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Engineering Design Centre

Professor Ken Wallace


Professor Ken Wallace

Professor Ken Wallace

Emeritus Professor of Engineering Design

Research group: Knowledge Management Group
Telephone: +44 1223 748245

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Ken Wallace was awarded his BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) in 1967 after which he returned to the Aero-Engine Division of Rolls-Royce to complete his university apprenticeship. He won the University Apprentice of the Year Prize in 1968. He worked in the Stress Office, the Preliminary Design Office and the RB 211 Development Office before leaving Rolls-Royce in 1971 to help form a small engineering company. He was appointed Lecturer in Engineering Design at the University of Cambridge in 1978; Deputy Head of the Engineering Department in 1997; and Co-Director of the BAE SYSTEMS/Rolls-Royce University Technology Partnership (UTP) for Design in 1998. He coordinated the setting up of the Engineering Design Centre (EDC) at Cambridge in 1991 and was its first Director. The EDC currently has around 65 research staff and students. In 1978 he was elected a Fellow of Selwyn College; 1991 a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers; in 1994 a Fellow of the Smallpeice Trust; in 1994 a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering Designers; in 1999 a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering; and in 2007 an Honorary Fellow of the Design Society. From 1990 to 1996 he was Editor-in-Chief (Europe) of the journal Research in Engineering Design. He has been responsible for translating and editing all three English editions of the standard reference text Engineering Design - A Systematic Approach by Pahl and Beitz. In 1994, he was awarded an inaugural Cambridge Foundation Teaching Prize; in 2001 the ASME Ruth and Joel Spira Outstanding Design Educator Award; in 2002 the Sir Misha Black Award for Innovation in Design Education; in 2005 the Rolls-Royce Research and Technology Director's Award for Creativity; and in 2011 an honorary doctorate (DEng) from Brunel University. He retired from the University on 31st December 2007.

Ken Wallace sadly passed away on 3 March 2018.


Selected Publications

WALLACE, K.M. and BLESSING, L.T.M. (Trans and Ed) Pahl/Beitz, Engineering Design - A Systematic Approach (3rd edition), Springer, 2007.

KIM, S., BRACEWELL, R.H. and WALLACE, K.M. Answering Engineers' Questions Using Semantic Annotations Artificial Intelligence for Engineering Design, Analysis and Manufacturing 21 (2), 155-171, 2007.

WALLACE, K.M. (Ed) Educating Engineers in Design The Royal Academy of Engineering, 2005.

AHMED, S. and WALLACE, K.M. Identifying and Supporting the Knowledge Needs of Novice Designers Within the Aerospace Industry Journal of Engineering Design 15 (5), 475-492, 2004.

BRACEWELL, R.H., AHMED, S. and WALLACE, K.M. DRed and Design Folders: A Way of Capturing, Storing and Passing On Knowledge Generated During Design Projects Proceedings of 2004 ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences (DETC'04), Salt Lake City, USA, 2004.

AHMED, S., WALLACE, K.M. and BLESSING, L.T.M. Understanding the Differences Between How Novice and Experienced Designers Approach Design Tasks Research in Engineering Design 14 (1), 1-11, 2003.

WALLACE, K.M. and AHMED, S. How Engineering Designers Obtain Information Human Behaviour in Design. Individuals, Teams, Tools, Springer, 184-194, 2003.