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Professor Newnes gained her BSc in Technology with Industrial Studies at Napier University and her PhD from Loughborough University. She worked at Loughborough University before joining Bath in 1991.


Linda is a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Her research focuses on through life costing from concept design through to the in-service/in-use phases. The sectors/application areas for her activities include for example; aerospace, defence, medical device design, oil and gas, green technologies, modelling uncertainty in through life costing, modelling in-service costs and trade-off analysis between specification and cost.

Typical industrial linked projects which illustrate her current research include:

  • Costing for Avionic Through life Availability (CATA)
  • Through life cost estimating for low volume long-life electronic defence products
  • Uncertainty in Through Life Costing
  • In-Service Cost Estimating feedback to the concept design cost modelling process
  • Modelling and managing uncertainty in the bidding process for in-service contracts.

Willing to supervise PhD

Interested in supervising students studying;

  • Through Life Cost Estimating
  • Trade-off between function and cost
  • Product Service Systems 
  • Business process modelling - cross sectorial

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Research Output

Stakeholder perspectives on the cost requirements of Small Modular Reactors

Agar, A. S., Goodfellow, M. J., Newnes, L. B. & Goh, Y. M., 1 Apr 2019, In : Progress in Nuclear Energy. 112, p. 51-62 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

1 Citation (Scopus)

Expected accuracy range of cost estimates for small modular reactors at the early concept design stage

Agar, A. S., Fry, A. J., Goodfellow, M. J., Goh, Y. M. & Newnes, L. B., 1 Jan 2018, Student Paper Competition: Volume 9. American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), p. V009T16A055 8 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

1 Citation (Scopus)

Investigating the evolving knowledge structures around new product development

Gopsill, J., Shakspeare, P., Snider, C., Newnes, L. & Hicks, B., 2 Jul 2018.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Open Access

Investigating the evolving knowledge structures in new technology development

Gopsill, J. A., Shakespeare, P., Snider, C. M., Newnes, L. & Hicks, B. J., 1 Jan 2018, Product Lifecycle Management to Support Industry 4.0 - 15th IFIP WG 5.1 International Conference, PLM 2018, Proceedings. Ríos, J., Noël, F., Chiabert, P. & Bouras, A. (eds.). New York, U. S. A.: Springer New York, p. 523-533 11 p. (IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology; vol. 540).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


A Content Based Approach for Investigating the Role and Use of Email in Engineering Design Projects

Author: Wasiak, J., 1 Jun 2010

Supervisor: Hicks, B. (Supervisor) & Newnes, L. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


A novel method for information rich costing in CNC manufacture

Author: Taiwo, A., 21 Nov 2013

Supervisor: Nassehi, A. (Supervisor), Newnes, L. (Supervisor) & Newman, S. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Asset Management decision support tools: A conceptual approach for managing their performance

Author: Lattanzio, S., 24 Jul 2018

Supervisor: Newnes, L. (Supervisor), McManus, M. (Supervisor) & Dunkley, D. (External person) (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Automotive material uncertainty and business risk at the concept phase using existing metadata.

Author: Mills, R., 1 May 2019

Supervisor: Brace, C. (Supervisor) & Newnes, L. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Collaborating in engineering design

Author: Hayes, J. P., 1 Jul 2010

Supervisor: Newnes, L. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD