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Dr Helen Louise Lockett

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  • Central Academic Staff
  • Senior Lecturer in General Engineering
  • Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
  • School of Engineering & Innovation
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Professional biography

Dr Helen Lockett joined the Open University in April 2017 as Senior Lecturer in General Engineering. She was previously Senior Lecturer in Computer Integrated Design in the Centre for Aeronautics at Cranfield University. Helen has a BSc in Electronic Engineering from the University of Sussex and undertook her PhD in knowledge based design for manufacture as a staff candidate at Cranfield University. Helen was the Course Director of the part-time Aircraft Engineering MSc at Cranfield University from 2001 - 2014. 

Helen is a Chartered Engineer and Member of the Royal Aeronautical Society. She is also a STEM Ambassador and has worked with local schools and businesses to encourage young people to consider careers in Engineering.

Research interests

Helen’s research interests are in the development of computational design tools to support design for assembly and manufacture, with a particular interest in designing for additive manufacture.  Most previous research has related to aircraft design applications. She has participated in many Innovate UK, EPSRC and EU Framework projects over the last 20 years and also undertaken industry funded research projects for BAE SYSTEMS, Bombardier Aerospace and Aircraft Research Association.

Recent Research Activities include:

  • Design project leader for WAAMMat programme to increase the maturity of Wire+Arc Additive Manufacture ( 
  • Co-investigator for Airbus/ ATI funded project “Future of Aircraft Factory” (FOAF), leading a design work package to ease the aircraft systems installation process
  • Co-investigator for EPSRC funded project “Ready to Use Additive Manufacture” (RUAM) investigating the design capabilities of Wire + Arc Additive Manufacture. 
  • Co-investigator for EPSRC funded project “Assessing the value created by Product Service Systems” which developed a methodology to help industry to assess the value of products and services to their customers
  • Co-investigator for EPSRC funded project “Capability based PSS conceptual design” which developed a framework to inform Product Service Systems conceptual design through capturing and analysing data collected from products and services in-use.

I welcome applications from PhD students in engineering design, design for manufacture, computer aided design and additive manufacture.


An Automated Maintainability Prediction Tool Integrated with Computer Aided Design (2017-05-09)
Lockett, H.L. and Arvanitopoulos-Darginis, K.
Procedia CIRP, 60 (pp. 440-445)
An Investigation into the Interrelationship between Aircraft Systems and Final Assembly Process Design (2017)
Li, Tao and Lockett, Helen
Procedia CIRP, 60 (pp. 62-67)
Aircraft Wing Build Philosophy Change through System Pre-Equipping of Major Components (2016-09-27)
Judt, D.; Forster, K.; Lockett, H.; Lawson, C. and Webb, P.
SAE International Journal of Aerospace, 9(1) (pp. 190-197)
Design study for wire and arc additive manufacture (2014)
Mehnen, Jorn; Ding, Jialuo; Lockett, Helen and Kazanas, Panos
International Journal of Product Development, 19(1/2/3) (pp. 2-20)
Product Service Systems and supply network relationships: an exploratory case study (2011)
Lockett, Helen; Johnson, Mark; Evans, Steve and Bastl, Marko
Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, 22(3) (pp. 293-313)
Graph-based feature recognition for injection moulding based on a mid-surface approach (2005-02)
Lockett, Helen L. and Guenov, Marin D.
Computer-Aided Design, 37(2) (pp. 251-262)
Design for Wire and Arc Additive Layer Manufacture (2011)
Mehnen, J.; Ding, J.; Lockett, H. and Kazanas, P.
In : Global Product Development - Proceedings of the 20th CIRP Design Conference (19-21 Apr 2010, Ecole Centrale de Nantes, Nantes, France) (pp. 721-727)

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