Karl Dearn applies mechanical principles and design methodologies to solve problems in tribology and engineering design. He has a multidisciplinary research portfolio that encompasses the development of polymer and composites for energy applications, novel automotive tribology, the design and optimisation of biomedical implants and further research in fundamental polymer tribology. His research is supported with both research council funding including the EPSRC, Innovate UK, the EU, Royal Academy of Engineering and also industrial organisations such as Jaguar LandRover, Shell, Mahle Engine Systems and IMI. Karl has authored c.40 peer-reviewed technical and scientific publications in journals, international conferences and as book chapters. He is the director of the multidisciplinary polymer tribology laboratory in mechanical engineering and is a co-director of the multi-sectorial Birmingham Centre for Cryogenic Energy Storage.
His administrative roles in the School include Faculty Advisor to the University’s Formula Student Team, UBRacing and management of the School’s industrial relationships as the Director of Industrial Liaison.
As the school’s main point of contact for industrial liaison, Karl is the primary contact for companies wishing to create and explore links with the School of Mechanical Engineering. He brings together his industrial experience with a detailed knowledge of the School and University. He can help companies to define their interests and needs (including, student projects, Year in Industry, summer placements and research), articulate objectives for interaction with the School and help develop a plan of action to meet these.