Dr Karl Dearn


School of Mechanical Engineering

Contact details

School of Mechanical Engineering
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT


Karl Dearn is a lecturer within the Vehicle Technology research group situated in the School of Mechanical Engineering. He graduated in Mechanical Engineering in 2005 and then read for a PhD investigating tribological and performance related aspects of polymer and polymer composite gears.

Prior to joining Birmingham he was a design engineer at Yale Security UK Ltd. In 2002, he was awarded a Whitworth Scholarship Award, and in 2005 conferred a Whitworth Scholar and in 2006 granted a Senior Whitworth Scholarship Award.


Research - Vehicle Technology Research Centre 

Geared transmissions, polymer and polymer composite gearing, mechanical design, theory of machines, polymeric material substitution, machine element tribology, future powertrains.

Other activities

Administration Responsibilities

  • UB Racing/ Formula Student support.
  • L2 Design and Professional Skills Coniston team building exercise.
  • Assistant IMechE Academic Liaison Officer (ALO).

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Associate member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers
  • Hon. Treasurer Birmingham Centre, Automobile Division (IMechE)
  • Committee member of the Whitworth Society
    (Whitworth Scholarship and Senior Scholarship Awards are granted annually, to those possessing both academic and practical engineering excellence; further details of the awards are found here

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