Matthew Dickinson

Dr. Matthew Dickinson

Senior Lecturer

School of Engineering

Computing and Technology Building, CM123

+44 (0) 1772 89 3261

Matthew Dickinson has been an senior lecturer in computer aided engineering at the University of Central Lancashire since September 2009. He is research active within the area of Tribotechnology and is a member of the Jost Institute. As a student Matthew was nominated for the Malcolm Faulkner Student Prize for Sustainable Futures. Matthew is also the winner of the 2007 Autodesk community world design competition.

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In June 2007 Matthew entered the Autodesk community world design competition, where the task was to design a non-lethal device for removing enemies from a room. After this the design was then converted into a toy. September 2008 Matthew Dickinson graduated from the University of Central Lancashire, with BEng(Hons) computer aided engineering. He was also nominated for the Malcolm Faulkner Student Prize for Sustainable Futures award for his final year project, which involved the investigation into recycled material for the production of prosthetic feet. Shortly afterwards Matthew began working for UCLan teaching Advanced CAD and simulation.

Matthew’s research interests are aimed at the heart of the combustion engine, the piston, rings and bore. His research also covers the inclusion of nano-composite coatings for wear applications.

Matthew is involved with many STEM events. He has been involved in the Big Bang 2010 and 2011 science event with a stand that showed the use of converting human to electrical energy. He also presents a fun lecturer called “The science of super heroes” which is aimed at the junior school children.


Running-in plays an important part of the piston ring bedding process. During operation the ring material commonly grey cast iron will go through a large level of stress. The coating that is attached to the ring can cause the ring to suffer damage, leaving the question how should rings be run into the system?


  • PHD - 2016
  • Certificate in Higher Education Teaching Toolkit, University of Central Lancashire, 2011
  • BSc(Hons) Computer Aided Engineering, University of Central Lancashire, 2007


  • MP3604 – Advanced CAD
  • MP3672 – Engineering simulation
  • MP3680 – Fundamentals of Engineering Simulation
  • MP3995 –Engineering Projects


  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy SD2
  • Graduate Member, Institute of Engineering Design