Stephen T Newman University of Bath

Stephen T Newman University of Bath

University of Bath

Stephen Newman

Professor Stephen T Newman

BSc Hons PhD


Stephen is the Professor of Innovative Manufacturing Technology in the EPSRC Innovative Manufacturing Research Centre (IMRC) of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bath. He gained his first class honours BSc degree in Production Technology and Management in 1982 from the University of Aston, Birmingham, sponsored by Land Rover Ltd. Having worked at Land Rover for 4 years he joined Loughborough University as a Research Associate and gained his PhD in 1990. In 1989, he was appointed, as a Lecturer in Manufacturing Engineering, promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1997 and Reader in Computer-Aided Manufacturing in 2000.

In January 2006, he joined the University of Bath as the Chair of Innovative Manufacturing Technology and Professor responsible for CNC Machining Technology, and is leading EPSRC funded National research programmes valued at £1.25m, in the area of Interoperable Manufacturing and Cryogenic machining of Customised Products. He has 20 years of experience in European and National R & D programmes being involved in Eureka Factory, EU Framework V, VI and VII programmes together with numerous National EPSRC research programmes with a funding value of £5m.

Professor Newman is Editor-in-Chief of the International journal of Computer Integrated Manufacturing and a member of five international Journal Editorial boards and has published 75 refereed journal papers and over 100 international conference papers.


The research Professor Newman has pursued over the last 20 years has primarily been concerned with topics in the area of Computer Aided Manufacture, with particular reference to metalworking processes. The work has ranged from contributions to the design and modelling of flexible machining facilities, feature oriented component manufacture and inspection to a number of projects concerned with the rapidly changing IT and manufacturing requirements of UK and EU manufacturing industry.

Stephen is currently leading a research team in manufacturing systems technology and I am principal investigator on three major funded research programmes namely:

  • an EPSRC IMRC programme on a Universal Manufacturing Platform for CNC facilities
  • a new EPSRC knowledge transfer award with Renishaw Plc on Cryogenic Machining
  • an EU FP7 NMP project DEMAT on Dematerialised Manufacturing Systems.

From these programmes his overall research focus is on Smart Digital Factories encompassing a number of research areas namely: factory information systems, resource capability modelling, energy efficient modelling of resources, interoperable manufacturing, intelligent CAD/CAM/CNC and hybrid manufacturing.

In these research areas Stephen currently leads a team of two post-doctoral Research Fellows, and has seven research students.