Professor Stuart Burgess

Professor Stuart Burgess

Biomimetics, Engineering (UK)

Stuart Burgess BSc (Eng) PhD CEng FIMechE is Professor of Engineering Design at the University of Bristol (UK). (NB: ‘Professor’ is a title given only to the highest academic rank in British Commonwealth universities.)

His research interests include bio-inspired design, biomechanics and design in nature. He has worked in industry as a professional designer and spent five years working on projects for the European Space Agency. He has published over 140 secular papers on the science of design and has been co-editor of the International Journal of Design & Nature. He has lectured at both Cambridge University and Bristol University in the UK. He is also a visiting professor at Liberty University, USA. From 2004–2011 he was Head of Department of Mechanical Engineering at Bristol University.

Prof. Burgess is also an outspoken Christian and biblical creationist. See our interview. In 2016, he was again in the headlines when his contribution to the chain drives of all Team GB’s track bikes (i.e. for racing in the velodrome) helped them to a world-beating medal haul in Rio, both at the Summer Olympics (6 Golds) and the Paralympics (8 Golds).

UK National Awards for Engineering Design

2008 Wessex Institute Scientific Medal
1997 Worshipful Company of Turners Bronze Medal
1993 Worshipful Company of Turners Gold Medal (Presented by Professor R. N. Franklin, Vice Chancellor of City University)
1993 UK Mitutoyo Design Prize
1986 Design Council Molins Prize (Presented by the Right Hon Peter Morrison, Minister of State for Trade & Industry)
1985 IMechE National Queen’s Silver Jubilee Competition, Second Place

Professor Burgess has an extensive publication record (too many to list here). Here are some of his more recent papers, just from 2012:

Creation articles