Dan Jenkins graduated from Brunel University in 2004, with an M.Eng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering and Design, receiving the ‘University Prize’ for the highest academic achievement in the school. As a sponsored student, Dan finished University with over two years experience working as a Design Engineer in the Automotive Industry throughout Western Europe. Upon graduation, Dan went to work in Japan for Nissan, facilitating the necessary design changes to launch a new model in Europe. In 2005, he returned to Brunel University taking up the full-time role of Research Fellow in the Ergonomics Research Group, working primarily on the Human Factors Integration Defence Technology Centre (HFI-DTC) project. Dan studied part-time for a PhD in Human Factors and Interaction Design – graduating in 2008, receiving the Hamilton Prize for the Best Viva in the School of Engineering and Design.

Having worked for, and along side, large multinational companies, Dan has developed business acumen and project management skills throughout the globe. Within the automotive world, Dan has been involved in product launch in Japan, audited manufacturing plants throughout Western Europe, developed guidelines for the design of seating accommodation models, and provided guidance for the design of head up displays and automated warning systems.

In an emerging discipline, Dan has continued to push on the boundaries of scientific knowledge, developing new tools and techniques to face the unique challenges posed by today’s complex sociotechnical systems. Dan has applied these across domains including, military command and control, crime-prevention, anti-terrorism, aerospace, sub-surface, nuclear, control room design, the development of medical products, and automotive design. Much of this work has been published in a number of internationally recognised books, journal papers, conference papers and book chapters. Asserting his position as an authority in Human Factors.

As an Ergonomist, a Designer and an Engineer, Dan is well placed to interface with existing Human Factors teams, Designers, Engineers and Project managers. He is passionate about the role of human factors in the design lifecycle, and is considered a champion for its implementation.

In March 2009, Dan founded Sociotechnic Limited with the aim of applying the wide range of tools and techniques to solve real-world problems across all industries.

In July 2012, Dan moved to DCA Design International to head up the research team. Dan continues to work in human factors across a wide range of projects, including the design of an intercity train, medical devices, the evaluation of a lifeboat, along with an array of consumer products.