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Dr David Penney

Associate Professor / Co-Director of Materials and Manufacturing Academy (M2A), Swansea University

David is an industry focused materials and manufacturing engineer with experience of working in both academia and industry. Over the years, David has worked to create simple, flexible route for industry and academia to work together for either training or research purposes. Over £30million of grant income has been won to support this activity and he continues to develop this area. In 2016, David received the Frank Fitzgerald award from the IOM3 for contributions to the iron and steel industry.

Specialist Subjects: Metallurgy, galvanising, metallic coatings, corrosion, stainless steel, zinc aluminium alloys, External funding, industrial engagement and Doctoral training.


Metallic coatings processing and product development, particularly galvanising

Research areas include modification of metallic systems through novel treatments. Novel protein based coatings and their application to Mg


David is a co-director and Principle investigator of the £15million Materials and Manufacturing Academy (M2A). The M2A incorporates the EPSRC funded COATED2 Centre for Doctoral Training and works closely with industry to industry focused research and training. Over the next 4 years, over 140 people will graduate from the M2A, each having undertaken a large research project in collaboration with an industry partner.

David co-created the Work Based Learning programme, Materials Education Training and Learning (METaL) which aims to up skill the existing workforce through a series of flexible short courses in the field of materials and manufacturing. Example courses include practical metallurgy, coatings and corrosion and welding technology. METaL has trained over 500 people since its inception in 2011 and aims to train a further 500 over the next 3 years. It is funded with £1.3m of WEFO money and co-funded by industry.

In 2015 David stood down as President of the South Wales Materials Association (SWMA) having completed the maximum two terms. In his time David helped steer the SWMA from talk attendances in the low 20s to over 100. His efforts helped secure the SWMA the prize of large society of the year in 2014 and initiated the SWMA funded industrial experience scholarships.


David has co-authored over £30million worth of grants since 2010 – listed below

Co-authored the EPSRC MATTER EngD project

Co-authored the EPSRC and WEFO COATED Centre for Doctoral Training

Co-authored the EPSRC COATED2 Centre for Doctoral Training

Co-authored the WEFO Materials and Manufacturing Academy

Co-author of the METaL work based learning project

Co-author of the METaL2 work based learning project

Co-author of Materials Live! - An outreach and public engagement programme

Co-author of the CDE funded Developing a novel protein-based coating technology for anti-corrosion of magnesium light alloy materials

Contact David

Email: d.penney@swansea.ac.uk

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