Dr David Charles Wynn


  • MEng Engineering and Computing Science, University of Oxford
  • PhD Engineering Design, University of Cambridge

After completing his PhD in 2007, David became a Senior Research Associate at the Cambridge Engineering Design Centre. While in Cambridge he was also a Fellow and Director of Studies in Engineering at Homerton College. David then moved to Canada where he worked at Bombardier Aerospace in the Product Development Engineering group, and where he was affiliated to the Department of Mechanical Engineering at McGill University.

David joined the University of Auckland as a Senior Lecturer in 2015. He leads the Design and Development Research Group.

Research | Current

  • Engineering design
  • Complex product development
  • Engineering change
  • Design processes and their coordination

I have broad interest in the above areas, especially in developing insights, models and computer tools to support practice. For more information on my interests please refer to my list of publications here.


  • PhD student projects
  • Representing and reasoning about information quality in collaborative engineering design (funded by MaD Network NZ)


We are currently recruiting potential PhD students to join the Design and Development Research Group. Specific research projects on offer are listed here: https://www.findathesis.auckland.ac.nz/#/supervisor/d-wynn.

Candidates who wish to study for a PhD are encouraged to apply for these projects via the link above. I may also consider supervising other projects in my areas of interest. Funding may be available for PhD applicants having excellent academic records.

Teaching | Current

  • MECHENG 235 - Design and Manufacturing II
  • MECHENG 334 - Engineering Design III
  • MECHENG 731 - Engineering Design IV
  • ENGGEN 705 - Innovation and New Product Development

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • Editorial Board. Journal of Engineering Design.
  • Editorial Review Board. IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)