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Dr Boris Eisenbart

Senior Lecturer & Course Director - Product Design Engineering


Boris Eisenbart is a Senior Lecturer and Course Director for Swinburne's prestigious Product Design Engineering Program. He is on a joint appointment between the Departments of Architecture & Industrial Design and Mechanical & Product Design Engineering. He holds a Diploma in Mechatronics Engineering with a specialisation in Engineering Design and Automation from Saarland University, Germany. Boris obtained his Ph.D. in Engineering Design and Management focusing on interdisciplinary system design from the University of Luxembourg while receiving advisory supervision at the Technical University of Denmark. Before joining Swinburne, he has been an Assistant Professor in Design Theory and Methodology in the Product Innovation Management Department at the Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands. Prior, he has been a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Design Thinking and Strategy at the University of Sydney, Australia.

Boris believes that agile application of design methods and models is key for designers to create innovative solutions. He focuses on modelling and managing complex product development processes. A second thread of his research addresses behavioural strategies in decision making and innovation management.

Boris has recently been announced Program Chair for the International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED) in 2019, the biggest conference of international design community, which will be held at Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands.

  • Interdisciplinary Product Development
  • Design Thinking
  • Design Theory and Methodology
  • Function Modelling
  • Engineering Design
  • Innovation Management
  • Decision Making/Behavioural Strategies 

Lectures and/or coaches students on:
  • Interdisciplinary Collaboration
  • Systematic Product Development
  • Design Thinking
  • Design Research Methods
  • Design Methods, Process Modelling

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Principal Coordinating Supervisor students as Masters & Doctoral Supervision.


Available to supervise honours students.

Fields of Research

  • Design Practice And Management - 120300
  • Engineering Design - 120400
  • Innovation And Technology Management - 150307


Also published as: Eisenbart, Boris; Eisenbart, B.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2018: Automation of High Volume Composite Component Manufacture *; Ford Motor Company Fund Scheme

* Chief Investigator