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Ben Clarke

Senior Lecturer & Course Director of BSc (Hons) Engineering Product Design

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    Engineering / Mechanical Engineering and Design

Ben is a Senior Lecturer and Course Director for BSc. (Hons) Engineering Product Design.

Ben has a broad background in design. Previously, he worked as a cabinet maker and restorative painter and decorator. However, more recently he has been and continues to work with tech SME’s focusing on electric micro vehicles and intelligent freight systems. Currently, Ben is the Head of Engineering at if.Vehicles and integrates this role into the formulation of live project work for students.

He teaches on a number of modules across the Design and Engineering courses at LSBU, on both full time undergraduate and part time apprenticeship courses.

Ben specialises in design methods, workshop practices and human centred approaches that enhance student practice and approaches to project work.

Ben was highly commended for ‘Innovation in Teaching’ in the Staff Awards 2019

Ben's current teaching includes:

Level 4 (Year 1):

  • Design Methods

Level 5 (Year 2):

  • Design Thinking & Applications
  • Design & Manufacture Project

Level 6 (Year 4):

  • Research Methods for Design Projects
  • Engineering Product Design Project

Also, Ben is a personal tutor for student major projects

View my publications at

Fellow Higher Education Academy

Member of the Institution of Engineering Designers

Since May 2019 Ben has been Head of Engineering at if.Vehicles.

Ben’s engineering knowledge leads the concept development activities for if.Vehicles through rapid prototyping and testing. Ben is co-Inventor of if.Vehicles’ initial IP and is currently working on further applications. Ben utilises his industry experience to keep a high standard of design thinking and critical thinking whilst optimising concepts for manufacture.

As part of his role Ben has

- Engineered new designs that resulted in original IP
- Secured company investment through completion of prototypes
- Analysed data to formulate reports for the UK Government
- Coordinated optimisation for manufacture and production