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Professor Martin Priest

Professor Martin Priest


CEng (Chartered Engineer), FIMechE (Fellow, Institution of Mechanical Engineers, UK); Fellow STLE (Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers, USA); FHEA (Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK); 2015 Tribology Silver Medal (Tribology Trust, UK).

Experienced engineering academic and industrial consultant. Involved in the multidisciplinary field of tribology (study and application of the principles of friction, lubrication and wear) since 1987. Major research interests are fundamental studies of lubrication, friction and wear; application of tribology to engineering system design, efficiency and reliability; the tribology of internal combustion engines and polymer tribology.

Associate Editor: Tribology Transactions, STLE, Taylor & Francis, 2011-. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part J: Journal of Engineering Tribology, SAGE, 2015-.

Vice Chairman, UK Tribology, 2015-, a new multi-institution umbrella organisation launched to raise awareness of tribology and its applications in the UK and beyond.

Chairman, IMechE Yorkshire Automobile Division Centre, 2015-.

Editorial Board Member: Tribology International, Elsevier, 2008-; Tribology - Materials, Surfaces & Interfaces, The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and Maney Publishing, 2006-; Industrial Lubrication and Tribology, Emerald Publishing Group, 1999-.

Research Student External Examiner for 29 candidates in China, France, New Zealand, Ireland, Sweden and the UK.

Teaching External Examiner for engineering undergraduate and masters programmes at Durham University, UK (2016-2020), the University of Sheffield, UK (2010-2014), Brunel University, UK (2008-2011), Cardiff University, UK (2007-2010), Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland (2006-2009) and the University of Central England [now Birmingham City University] (2001-2006).


Current, and significant recent, funded projects

Bryant, D. and Priest, M., Brake Wear Characterisation, Airbus, 2017-2018, £79k.

Campean, F., Neagu, D. and Priest, M., Advanced Powertrain Reliability: R&D for Intelligent Personalised Powertrain Health Care, Jaguar Land Rover, 2016-2020, £500k.

Whiteside B., Priest, M. and Gough, T., Research and develop polymer rolling element bearings, targeting the competitive, challenging automotive sector, Innovate UK Knowledge Transfer Partnership with BNL (UK) Ltd., 2016-2018, £129k.

Priest, M., Innovative Polymer Engineering and Tribology, Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor, 2015-2018, £30k.

Priest, M. and Neville, A., To Develop the Scientific Knowledge Underpinning the Performance of Low Friction Lubricants and to use this to Develop Innovative, Market Leading Products, TSB Knowledge Transfer Partnership with Millers Oils Ltd., 2013-2015, £200k.


Elevated to the prestigious grade of Fellow of the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE), USA in 2017. Only the fourth recipient in the UK out of the 140 Fellowships awarded globally since they introduced this distinction in 1971. The others being Professor Ken Johnson (Cambridge University, deceased), Professor Duncan Dowson (University of Leeds, Emeritus) and Professor Hugh Spikes (Imperial College London, Emeritus).

Tribology Silver Medal, 2015, Tribology Trust, UK. National award in recognition of an exceptionally meritorious contribution to the science and technology of tribology.

Fernando P Grando (supervised PhD student), Tribology Bronze Medal, 2009, Tribology Trust, UK. National award for the most promising early career researcher or practitioner in tribology.

Oliver M Smith (supervised PhD student), Tribology Bronze Medal, 2007, Tribology Trust, UK.

Exxon-Mobil Engineering Teaching Fellow, 1999, the Royal Academy of Engineering, UK.


Aleksandr Doikin, Advanced Powertrain Reliability: R&D for Intelligent Personalised Powertrain Health Care, 2016-.


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Profile last updated on: 13-02-2018