Francisco Tapia

Francisco Tapia


I am currently a PhD Candidate in the faculty of Engineering Physical Sciences of the University of Leeds.

With a masters degree in design and new products development at the University of Guadalajara in my home country during 2014 and 2016.

The  disertation project,  was to  design a double sided tape applicator, using participative design methods, rapid prototyping with 3D printing iterations in a case study for the company I used to work.

On the other hand, my experience  include computer aided design,  process engineering, project engineering and operations management, during my PhD I have been collaborating as a demostrator and marking SolidWorks lectures for product design and mechatronic engineering modules.


Research interests

My current research interests are design iteration and rework, complex socio-technical systems, simulation and  modelling.

My PhD research looks to develop an understanding on the influence of  design iteration and rework in new products and design processes.

Under the guidance of my supervisors Professor Alison McKay and Dr Mark Robinson, I have been working on the construction of a conceptual model  that explores interplays between different kinds of feedback loops with a view to producing tools that design managers can use to inform decisions about allocating resources and when to stop
design iteration to complete design tasks on time. 


  • Masters in New Product Development, 2014-2016. University of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Design, 1987-1991. University of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.

Research groups and institutes

  • Institute of Design, Robotics and Manufacturing