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Dr Michael Ryan

Dr Michael Ryan


School of Engineering

+44 (0)29 2087 4070
W2.22, Queen's Buildings, 5 The Parade, Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 3AA
Available for postgraduate supervision


Dr Michael Ryan is a Lecturer in the High Value Manufacturing Group in Cardiff School of Engineering. His research specialises in  Additive Manufacturing (AM), in particular Metal AM, ranging from materials development to novel engineering applications for AM processes. His previous experience includes the development of bespoke thermal and metallurgical finite element models, new product research and development in collaboration with industry, investigation of materials and designs for AM, and investigating scenarios for AM applications in collaboration with Cardiff Business School.


Dr Michael Ryan received a MEng in Integrated Engineering from Cardiff University in 2008. Following a period in industry working with high pressure fuel systems, he undertook an EngD in Materials Engineering at Swansea University (in partnership with Tata Steel UK), graduating in 2015. The focus of this work was the development of a bespoke finite element model for the hot rolling process in steel making, created using FORTRAN, examining both thermal and metallurgical aspects of the process.

In 2013 he returned to Cardiff School of Engineering, working as a project officer on the ASTUTE project, which was established to promote advanced and sustainable manufacturing, with companies based within the convergence area of Wales. In this role he continued to work in the field of finite element analysis, whilst also developing further knowledge in engineering design, and in the filed of Additive Manufacturing (AM). In 2016 he was appointed as a Research Associate at Cardiff Business School, carrying out a newly-established "Engaged Manufacturing" project, which examined future business models for AM systems, with a particular focus on customised products.

Dr Ryan was appointed to the position of Lecturer in High Value Manufacturing in January 2018, with a focus in Metal Additive Manufacturing. His research interests lie in developing key new applications for Metal AM technologies, development of novel materials, improving AM component charaterisitics, and characterisation and simulation of the process and products manufactured using Metal AM.






  • Sibanda, P., Carr, P., Ryan, M. and Bigot, S. 2019. State of the art in surface finish of metal additive manufactured parts. Presented at: 17th International Conference on Manufacturing Research (ICMR 2019), Belfast, Northern Ireland, 10-12 September 2019 Presented at Lin, Y. and Price, M. eds.Advances in Manufacturing Technology XXXIII: Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Manufacturing Research, incorporating the 34th National Conference on Manufacturing Research, Vol. 9. Advances in Dransdisciplinary Engineering Netherlands: IOS Press BV pp. 221 - 225., (10.3233/ATDE190039)






Currently taught subjects:

  • Materials and Manufacture
  • Automotive Design
  • Fluid Power and Control
  • Industrial Project Management

As part of Cardiff School of Engineering's High Value Manufacturing Group, Dr Michael Ryan is interested in reseach in Additive Manufacturing (AM), in particular Metal AM. With a background in finite element analysis and materials simulation, he is interested in the development of novel materials for Metal AM, simulation and characterisation of Metal AM processes and the products which they produce, and developing novel applications for AM processes. Current research includes projects with Airbus and Zodiac Aerospace.


  • Additive Manufacturing (AM)
  • Material Development for AM
  • New applications for AM technologies
  • Interdiciplinary research via AM
  • AM in spare part production

Current supervision


Prospera Sonuo Sibanda

Research student

Mulla Pekok

Research student

Benjamin Mason

Research student