Professor Allan Rennie

Professor in Manufacturing Engineering

Profile

Allan has broad ranging teaching and research interests in the fields of engineering design, manufacturing and engineering education, with research specialisms particularly in the field of additive manufacturing. Having initiated his career in additive manufacturing in the mid-1990's, helping to spin-out one of the first companies in the UK in this field, his career has seen him focus on the industrial use of the technology in a diverse range of applications across many sectors. Current research is focused on design for additive manufacturing (co-leading the UK's EPSRC DfAM Network), industrial digitalisation of manufacturing processes, tooling (using metallic and hybrid approaches for mould development) and manufacturing process development and optimisation. Allan has also developed an interest in engineering education, integrating business and management into his teaching and the effects that this has on students, the need to move to online and hybrid delivery modes during Covid-19 and the impacts on engagement, learning and graduate employability.

Automating the Design for Additive Manufacture Process with AI
01/09/2023 → 29/02/2024
Research

Engineers in Business Competition - AY2022-23
01/05/2023 → 31/12/2023
Other

Engineers in Business Competition - AY2021-22
01/05/2022 → 31/12/2022
Other

IAA CALFS Project with Agri-Lloyd
01/10/2020 → 30/09/2022
Research

UK Design for Additive Manufacturing Network
01/10/2020 → 31/12/2023
Research

Engineers in Business Competition - AY2019-20
01/05/2020 → 31/12/2020
Other

Regenerated Laser Sinter Powders (RENDER)
01/05/2020 → 31/10/2021
Research

ACADEME PLUS (Advanced Manufacturing Capital for Skills Development & Employer Engagement - Extension)
01/04/2020 → 31/03/2023
Research

ACaDEmE:Additive Manufacturing (Equipment): ACaDEmE Plus
01/01/2020 → 30/04/2023
Research

Engineers in Business Competition - AY2018-19
01/05/2019 → 31/12/2019
Other

TecHnology and EntrepreneUrship Education - Bridging the Gap for Smart Product Development
01/11/2018 → 31/08/2021
Research

Engineers in Business Competition - AY2017-18
01/05/2018 → 31/12/2018
Other

Proximity to Discover: Industry Engagement for Impact
31/03/2018 → 30/11/2019
Research

Applications for the Random Column Packing “Dixon Rings”
01/01/2018 → 31/12/2020
Research

Production Capable Additive Manufacturing of Polymers
01/10/2017 → 31/03/2020
Research

Additive Manufacturing - Technologies and Key Applications
25/09/2017 → 24/09/2018
Research

Research on adaptability of additive manufacturing technologies to the agricultural machinery design and manufacturing industry: know-how exchange activity
29/12/2016 → 28/12/2017
Other

Voxel Printing
18/11/2016 → …
Research

Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) of Electrodes for Fundamental Neuroscience
03/10/2016 → 30/06/2017
Research

Hybrid and Multi-Material Additive Manufacturing for End-Use Industrial Applications
01/10/2016 → 31/03/2017
Research

Advanced Manufacturing Capital for Skills Development & Employer Engagement
01/09/2016 → 30/09/2021
Research

Development of a Universal Slicing and Scanning Engine
01/07/2015 → 31/03/2017
Research

IS 2015 - High end capture and reproduction of cultural artefacts
01/06/2015 → 31/05/2016
Research

Institutional Sponsorship 2015
01/06/2015 → 31/03/2016
Research

H2020: TWEETHER: Travelling wave tube based W-band wireless networks with high data rate, distribution, spectrum and energy efficiency
01/01/2015 → 30/09/2018
Research

Benchmarking recycled metallic powders for powder bed fusion additive manufacturing
01/01/1900 → …
Research

2024 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition (Event)
Membership of committee

University of Manchester - PhD External Examiner
Examination

The Royal Society (External organisation)
Membership of committee

7th International Congress on 3D Printing (Additive Manufacturing) Technologies and Digital Industry 2023 (Event)
Membership of committee

The 2nd International Conference on Design for 3D Printing (Event)
Membership of committee

Centre for Digital Innovation Launch Event
Oral presentation

Design for 4D Printing
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

University of Sheffield - PhD External Examiner
Examination

Design for AM - A Focus on Polymers
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Curious Investigators post theatre show workshop
Types of Public engagement and outreach - Festival/Exhibition

Design for AM Metals - Turning Designs into Reality
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

University of Manchester - PhD External Examiner
Examination

The Second Casablanca International Conference on Additive Manufacturing (Event)
Membership of committee

6th International Congress on 3D Printing (Additive Manufacturing) Technologies and Digital Industry 2022 (Event)
Membership of committee

RAPDASA-RobMech-PRASA-CoSAAMI (Event)
Publication peer-review

Manufacturing Debate: Will Manufacturing Make It?
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

International Conference on Design for 3D Printing (Event)
Membership of committee

Responsible Design for Additive Manufacturing
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Blackpool and the Fylde College (External organisation)
Membership of board

University of Chichester (External organisation)
Membership of board

University of Chichester (External organisation)
Membership of board

2022 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition (Event)
Membership of committee

Design for 3D Printed Textiles - Where they stand today
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

University of Bolton - PhD External Examiner
Examination

University of Manchester - PhD External Examiner
Examination

Design for Additive Manufacturing in Redistributed Healthcare
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

International Journal of Manufacturing Technology and Management (Journal)
Publication peer-review

Shayfull Zamree Bin Abd Rahim
Hosting an academic visitor

International Journal of Electrical and Electronic Engineering & Telecommunications (Journal)
Publication peer-review

University of Wollongong, Australia - PhD External Examiner
Examination

Establishing a Design for Additive Manufacturing Research Community in the UK
Invited talk

Computational Tools: Pushing the Frontiers of Design for Additive Manufacturing
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Saad Hasan
Hosting an academic visitor

RAPDASA-RobMech-PRASA (Event)
Publication peer-review

Greater Manchester AI Foundry Showcase
Oral presentation

41st International MATADOR Conference on Advanced Manufacturing (Event)
Membership of committee

Additive Manufacturing Technologies in Product Design and Development for Manufacturing Companies
Oral presentation

Design for Additive Manufacturing for Education
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

2021 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition (Event)
Membership of committee

The First Casablanca International Conference on Additive Manufacturing (Event)
Membership of committee

5th International Congress on 3D Printing (Additive Manufacturing) Technologies and Digital Industry 2021 (Event)
Membership of committee

Designing the Future of Additive Manufactured Electronics
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Cleaner Engineering and Technology (Journal)
Publication peer-review

STEM Ambassador Hub Lancashire and Cumbria (External organisation)
Other Membership

International Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering (Journal)
Publication peer-review

Journal of Manufacturing and Materials Processing (Journal)
Editorial activity

GAMBICA (External organisation)
Membership of council

EPSRC Redistributed Manufacturing in Healthcare Network (RiHN) (External organisation)
Membership of committee

Staffordshire University - PhD External Examiner (External Organisation)
Examination

Invited Talk: Department of Manufacturing and Engineering Technology, Tennessee Technological University, USA
Invited talk

Institution of Engineering Technology (External organisation)
Membership of committee

Blackpool and the Fylde College (External organisation)
Membership of board

Reactors, Scale-Up and Separations: Process intensification, integration and multifunctionality
Participation in conference -Mixed Audience

H Kursat Celik
Hosting an academic visitor

Production of conductive composite electrodes for extracellular recording and stimulation
Invited talk

2nd International Conference on Advanced Structural and Functional Materials
Invited talk

4th International Congress on 3D Printing (Additive Manufacturing) Technologies and Digital Industry 2019 (Event)
Membership of committee

Sustainable and Smart Manufacturing Conference (S2M) (Event)
Membership of committee

Computers in Industry (Journal)
Publication peer-review

University of East Anglia (School of Engineering) (External organisation)
Membership of board

Loughborough University (External organisation)
Membership of committee

Advances in Manufacturing (Journal)
Publication peer-review

Elsevier (Publisher)
Publication peer-review

3rd International Congress on 3D Printing Technologies and Digital Industry 2018
Participation in conference -Mixed Audience

Dublin City University - School of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering (External organisation)
Membership of committee

Invited Talk: School of Mechanical, Materials, Mechatronic and Biomedical Engineering, University of Wollongong, Australia
Invited talk

Invited Public Talk: Southern Manufacturing Innovation Group (Illawarra, Australia)
Public Lecture/ Debate/Seminar

Invited Talk: Intelligent Polymer Research Institute, University of Wollongong, Australia
Invited talk

Invited Talk: Department of Agricultural Machinery, Akdeniz University, Turkey
Invited talk

Rapid Prototyping Journal (Journal)
Editorial activity

National University of Science and Technology (External organisation)
Membership of board

Invited Lecture - Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining
Public Lecture/ Debate/Seminar

University of Central Lancashire (External organisation)
Membership of committee

15th Rapid Design, Prototyping & Manufacturing Conference (RDPM2017)
Participation in conference -Mixed Audience

Invited Seminar and Q&A Session: Arab Academy for Science & Technology
Invited talk

Loughborough University - Loughborough Design School (External organisation)
Membership of committee

International Journal of Rapid Manufacturing (Journal)
Editorial activity

Romanian Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation (UEFISCDI) (External organisation)
Membership of committee

Workshop: High-end capture and reproduction of cultural artefacts
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Additive Manufacturing (Journal)
Publication peer-review

Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part C: Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science (Journal)
Publication peer-review

14th Rapid Design, Prototyping & Manufacturing Conference (RDPM2015)
Participation in conference -Mixed Audience

Interactive Workshop: High-end capture and reproduction of cultural artefacts
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Elsevier (Publisher)
Publication peer-review

The British Academy (External organisation)
Membership of committee

Romanian Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation (UEFISCDI) (External organisation)
Membership of committee

Romanian National Authority for Scientific Research and Innovation - National Research Council (CNCS) (External organisation)
Membership of committee

International Journal of Rapid Manufacturing (Journal)
Editorial activity

Lancashire County Council (External organisation)
Other Membership

Loughborough University - Loughborough Design School (External organisation)
Membership of committee

Blackpool and the Fylde College (External organisation)
Membership of board

Invited Research Seminar - The University of the South Pacific
Public Lecture/ Debate/Seminar

Research Project Interview - University of Wollongong
Public Lecture/ Debate/Seminar

Invited Seminar - University of Wollongong
Public Lecture/ Debate/Seminar

Industry and Parliament Trust (External organisation)
Membership of committee

Computer-Aided Design (Journal)
Publication peer-review

Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part A (Journal)
Publication peer-review

University of Warwick (External organisation)
Membership of committee

Materials and Design (Journal)
Publication peer-review

Royal Academy of Engineering (External organisation)
Member of Advisory Panel

Akdeniz University, Turkey (External organisation)
Membership of committee

Dublin City University (External organisation)
Membership of committee

University of Northumbria (External organisation)
Membership of committee

IWT - Agency for Innovation by Science & Technology (External organisation)
Member of an organisation

Politechnica University Bucharest (External organisation)
Membership of committee

13th Rapid Design, Prototyping & Manufacturing Conference (RDPM 2012)
Participation in conference -Mixed Audience

Concept Modelling Additive Manufacturing Systems
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Economic and Social Research Council (External organisation)
Membership of committee

Blackpool & The Fylde College (External organisation)
Membership of committee

Materials Knowledge Transfer Network: Special Interest Group on Additive Manufacturing (External organisation)
Membership of committee

Glasgow Caledonian University (External organisation)
Membership of committee

H Kursat Celik
Hosting an academic visitor

12th Rapid Design, Prototyping & Manufacturing Conference
Participation in conference -Mixed Audience

Olaf Diegel
Hosting an academic visitor

Research And Development Management Association (External organisation)
Membership of committee

Virtual and Physical Prototyping (Journal)
Editorial activity

University of Dundee (External organisation)
Membership of committee

11th National Conference on Rapid Design, Prototyping and Manufacturing
Participation in conference -Mixed Audience

David R Aitchison
Hosting an academic visitor

Glasgow Caledonian University (External organisation)
Membership of committee

Buckinghamshire New University (External organisation)
Membership of committee

University of Wales Institute Cardiff (External organisation)
Membership of committee

New Zealand Foundation for Research, Science and Technology (External organisation)
Member of an organisation

University of Canterbury, New Zealand (External organisation)
Membership of committee

10th National Conference on Rapid Design, Prototyping and Manufacturing
Participation in conference -Mixed Audience

The Rapid Product Development Magazine (Journal)
Editorial activity

University of Central Lancashire (External organisation)
Membership of committee

Lancashire Economic Partnership (External organisation)
Membership of committee

University of Canterbury, New Zealand (External organisation)
Membership of committee

9th National Conference on Rapid Design, Prototyping and Manufacturing
Participation in conference -Mixed Audience

North West Universities Association (External organisation)
Membership of committee

University of Central Lancashire (External organisation)
Membership of committee

8th National Conference on Rapid Design, Prototyping and Manufacturing
Participation in conference -Mixed Audience

University of Northumbria (External organisation)
Membership of committee

Blackburn College (External organisation)
Membership of committee

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (External organisation)
Member of an organisation

Seventh National Conference on Rapid Design, Prototyping and Manufacturing
Participation in conference -Mixed Audience

International College of Engineering and Management (External organisation)
Membership of committee

Sixth National Conference on Rapid Design, Prototyping and Manufacturing
Participation in conference -Mixed Audience

Fire Safety Engineering College (External organisation)
Membership of committee

Construction Innovation Seminar
Public Lecture/ Debate/Seminar

Fifth National Conference on Rapid Design, Prototyping and Manufacturing
Participation in conference -Mixed Audience

Fourth National Conference on Rapid and Virtual Prototyping and Applications
Participation in conference -Mixed Audience

Third National Conference on Rapid Prototyping, Tooling and Manufacturing
Participation in conference -Mixed Audience

The Institute of Metal Finishing, Westinghouse Prize 2002
Prize (including medals and awards)

European Union, Exemplar Project Status
Other distinction

Fifth Annual InfoSciR-Journals Excellence in Research Awards
Prize (including medals and awards)

McKinnon Walker Fellow, University of Wollongong, Australia
National/international honour

Science and Technology Dean’s Award – Teacher of the Year (2019)
Prize (including medals and awards)

Pilkington Teaching Award
Prize (including medals and awards)

Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA)
Other distinction

Senior Fellow - AdvanceHE (SFHEA)
Fellowship awarded competitively

JMMP 2021 Best Paper Award
Prize (including medals and awards)

Associate of the Institution of Engineering Designers (AIED)
Other distinction

  • Centre for Global Eco-innovation
  • Lancaster Product Development Unit
  • Structures, Materials and Manufacturing
  • Work and Health Forum