Rethinking Engineering: Improving the product development process with lessons learned in the COVID-19 pandemic


Rethinking Engineering: Improving the product development process with lessons learned in the COVID-19 pandemic

Wed, 16/02/2022 - 13:00 to 14:00
Professor Tim Kerby
Edinburgh Systems

Two years on, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are still being felt across our daily lives. Engineers have played a pivotal role in responding to the crisis; they have innovated, designed and created products and services that protect our health and wellbeing at an astounding pace.

Professor Tim Kerby’s inaugural lecture will explore how lessons learned during the pandemic may be applied to address key challenges faced across the industry during product development. Using a successful Scottish PPE project, he will show how we can rethink our engineering processes using Systems Engineering approaches to rapidly build the right products for the market and build them right.



Tim is a Chartered Systems Engineer experienced in delivering complex technical programmes and improving product design processes in the technology industry. He is the CEO of Edinburgh Systems, a successful consultancy specialising in providing and building Systems Engineering and product development capabilities. Tim previously held senior roles within the Semiconductor Industry.

Tim’s career has spanned multiple industries and disciplines, including camera phones, self-driving vehicles, medical products, industrial energy and zero-emission airport infrastructure. He has a passion for education, volunteering as a director of the Edinburgh Hacklab, Scotland’s largest
makerspace, and is an active STEM Ambassador.

Tim is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), a Member of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) and a Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP). He graduated with an MEng (Hons) in Electronics from Edinburgh University.


Tim has been awarded a Visiting Professor role funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering within Mechanical Engineering at Heriot-Watt University. The programme spans three years, where he will contribute his industrial experience and expertise, introducing Systems Engineering into the curriculum, supporting students to develop critical skills in product development and building relationships with industry. Tim will be giving guest lectures on systems engineering, requirements management, systems and design thinking, agile practices, product management and sustainable engineering. He will also develop and support the industrial projects programme.