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Prof David Hayhurst (BSc, PhD, ScD, CEng, FIMMM, FIMechE, FRSA, FREng) - personal details

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Prof David Hayhurst

Role: Professor

Tel: 0161 306-3818

Location: George Begg Building-C 004
School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering
The University of Manchester
M13 9PL




After reading Mechanical Engineering at UMIST, Professor Hayhurst was employed as a Structural Designer at the Boeing Airplane Company, Seattle, USA. He was subsequently a CEGB postgraduate scholar at the University of Cambridge, where he received the PhD degree in 1970 for his research on Creep Deformation and Rupture of Structures. The latter marked the initiation of the field of computational creep Continuum Damage Mechanics.

From 1970 to 76 he was a Research Fellow at the University of Leicester, and visiting researcher at Chalmers University Gothenburg. From 1976 to 80 he was a lecturer at the University of Leicester, where he established novel high-temperature experimental research methods; and, in addition, he introduced pioneering, industry-led, cross-disciplinary undergraduate group teaching methods in Engineering Design. In 1980 Professor Hayhurst was a full Professor in Mechanical Engineering, at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA where, in addition to high-temperature research, he led design teaching. From 1981 to 85 he was Reader in Engineering at the University of Leicester.

In 1985 he was elected to an established Chair in Design and Manufacture in the University of Sheffield, only the second in the UK at that time. There he developed one of the first four year MEng courses with a substantial coverage of Design and Manufacture, involving the Management School, and Product Design from Sheffield Hallam University. A successful course ensued, which incorporated a large cross-disciplinary, faculty-based team of Royal Academy of Engineering professors in Engineering Design. In 1985 & 89 he was a visiting professor at the University of California, in Santa Barbara where his research interests developed in the behaviour of Ceramic Matrix Composites.

In 1992 Professor Hayhurst was appointed to an established Chair of Design, Manufacture and Materials at UMIST, where he established a substantial experimental and computational mechanics research activity. In addition, the mutuality of Design and Manufacturing were embodied within the undergraduate curriculum; and, a new MEng course was established, built on industry-driven group projects. At UMIST he served both as Head of Manufacturing and Design (1998-2001) and as Head of Department (2001-2004). In 1994 he was awarded the ScD degree by the University of Cambridge; and, in 2004 he was elected to the Fellowship of the Academy of Engineering. Again in 2005, Professor Hayhurst was a visiting researcher in the University of California.

Of the large number of students he has supervised, one is a Vice-Chancellor, five are University Professors, and many occupy key positions in Engineering.