Areas of expertise


Professor Starr is Head of the Through-life Engineering Services Institute, a world-leading centre of excellence in maintenance and asset management for high value systems. The TES Institute works in partnership with industry in research and education.

Professor Starr read Mechanical Engineering at the University of Leeds, while sponsored by British Aerospace (Civil Aircraft), for which he was awarded first prize in the final year of his apprenticeship. He studied for his doctoral thesis in condition based maintenance for robotic production plant at the University of Manchester, sponsored by Ford and Wolfson Maintenance. He has held academic posts at the University of Huddersfield, the University of Manchester, and the University of Hertfordshire, as Head of the School of Aerospace, Automotive and Design Engineering.

His research work has been funded by EPSRC, the EU, and a wide range of industrial partners, including Corus, Fiat, Messier-Dowty, QinetiQ, Rolls-Royce, and Volvo. Professor Starr is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, a member of the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing and a member of the Institute of Asset Management. He has published over 100 technical papers from a wide range of collaborative projects with industry, helping to solve real problems and to devise innovative products and services.

Current activities

  • Industrial maintenance research, including systems, failure modes, vibration and wear debris, wireless sensing, automation, decision-making mathematics, and management processes
  • Gearbox degradation: surface damage and root cracking
  • Integrated through-life support for high-value systems: aiming to enable improved integration between architectural levels in data-rich environments in automated, intelligent maintenance, responding to business pull and demonstrating value
  • Course Tutor for the Through-life System Sustainment MSc course.


  • Rolls-Royce
  • QinetiQ
  • Bombardier
  • Network Rail
  • BAE Systems
  • Scisys
  • Schlumberger
  • DSTL
  • NNL
  • Sellafield
  • UK Space Agency.
  • Procter & Gamble


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