Dr. Rob Wolfe


School of Art, Design and Fashion

Victoria Building, VB127

+44 (0) 1772 89 3340

Subject Areas: Design, Engineering

Rob Wolfe became a part-time member of Art Design and Fashion in March 2014. He has experience of engineering & design from assistive devices for the elderly & disabled to domestic products and aerospace. His skills in design to manufacture, material selection and project management are applied across YR1, 2 & 3 Product Design. 

Full Profile

Rob has worked in a variety of business sectors including assistive devices, domestic product design and aerospace. Initial training in Fabrication and Welding Technology included patterns for the production of sheet-metal products for industries such as Mechanical Engineering, Flour Milling and the Nuclear sector, utilising materials such as galvanised mild steel, tin, stainless steel, copper and titanium.
Employment as a laboratory technician gave him experience in the organisation and running of material failure and Non Destructive Test (NDT) investigations. Projects included work for local industry and the MOD.
The above skills were then applied in Research & Development, initially to assist the ceramic industry in the adoption of CADCAM and Rapid Prototyping. This was followed by investigation of the application of CADCAM in the design and manufacture of press tools for the tableware industry, for which he was awarded a PhD in 2003.
Subsequent employment as a Design Engineer enabled development in the world of Rolls-Royce Aerospace engine tooling. This included the design, CAD modelling, building and testing of tools for the XWB series of contemporary civil power units.


  • PhD Design of Tooling for the Vertical Isostatic Pressing Process (Staffs Uni., 2003)
  • BEng (Hon.) Mechanical & Manufacture (University of Derby, 2002)
  • HNC Mechatronics (Stoke-on-Trent College, 2000)
  • BA (Hon.) Product Design (North Staffs Polytechnic, 1987)

Teaching activities and responsibilities

  • Teaching on Product Design modules:
  • Creative Thinking (DD1101)
  • Design Studies (PD2202)
  • Product Anatomy (PD1102)

Subjects include: Design processes; Manufacturing methods; Materials technology; Design for manufacture & assembly and Market research.