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Luke Siena


School of Architecture Design and the Built Environment


Dr Luke Siena is a Lecturer in Product Design, a Creative Short Course and Summer School Tutor within the School of Architecture Design & The Built Environment. Luke's primary responsibilities including teaching across both BA/BSc and MA/MSc Product Design courses in addition to to supporting research projects and research students supervision alongside academics and members of the Medical Engineering Design Research Group.

Career overview

Dr Siena undertook his first degree at Nottingham Trent University in BSc (Hons) Computer Aided Product Design (2008-2012); this was then proceeded by MSc Smart Design (2012-2013) and a PGDip Professional Research Practice (2013-2016). Dr Siena most recently in 2019 completed his PhD focused on implementing smart materials and technologies for medical emergency airway access devices. During his time at NTU to date, Luke has completed numerous roles involving both research and teaching responsibilities.

From 2018 to 2019, Dr Siena was employed a Research Fellow based in Medical Product Design as a member of Medical Engineering Design Research Group. Since late 2019 Dr Siena has commenced the role of Lecturer in Product Design with teaching responsibilities across both BA/BSc and MA/MSc Product Design focused courses and is responsible for the supervision of a number of BSc and MSc students which includes a number of ‘live’ medical technology based student major projects who work alongside a number of healthcare professionals.

Research areas

Dr Siena's research interests include medical device design and engineering, 3D printing, emerging technologies and materials, and the accurate assessment and measurement of health outcomes. Dr Siena's current focus is based on investigative research relating to the use of smart materials and technologies for medical applications, specifically emergency airway access devices.

External activity

Member Of Institution of Engineering Designers (MIED)

Member Of Institution of Engineering and Technology (MIET)

Member Of Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining (MIMMM)

Affiliate Fellow Of Chartered Society Of Designers  (aCSDf)

Journal Of Health Design - Editorial Panel Member

Reviewer for Additive Manufacturing Meets Medicine Conferences

Reviewer for Rapid Prototyping Journal


SIENA, F.L., VERNON, M., WATTS, P., BYROM, B., CRUNDALL, D. and BREEDON, P., 2020. Proof-of-Concept Study: A Mobile Application to Derive Clinical Outcome Measures from Expression and Speech for Mental Health Status Evaluation. Journal of medical systems, 44(12), pp.1-9.

ALMAHADIN, G., LOTFI, A., ZYSK., SIENA, F.L., McCARTHY, M., BREEDON, P., 2020. Parkinson’s disease: current assessment methods and wearable devices for evaluation of movement disorder motor symptoms - a patient and healthcare professional perspective. BMC Neurology 20, 419.

SIZER, N.D., SIENA, F.L., BOSZCZYK, B. and BREEDON, P., 2020. Monitoring and alleviating the effects of pressure related injuries for spinal surgery–a need for improvement?. The Journal of Health Design, 5(2), pp.280-292.

JINDAL, P., WORCESTER, F., SIENA, F.L., FORBES, C., JUNJEA, M. and BREEDON, P., 2020. Mechanical behaviour of 3D printed vs thermoformed clear dental aligner materials under non-linear compressive loading using FEM. Journal of the mechanical behavior of biomedical materials, 112, p.104045.

SIENA, F., VERNON, M., WATTS, P., CRUNDALL, D., BRYOM, B., MOWLEM, F. and BREEDON, P., 2020. PMH6 deriving clinical outcome measures from expression and speech: results of a proof of concept study. Value in Health, 23(Supp 1), pp.S200-S201.

JINDAL, P., JUNEJA, M., BAJAJ, D., SIENA, F.L. and BREEDON, P., 2020. Effects of post-curing conditions on mechanical properties of 3D printed clear dental aligners. Rapid Prototyping Journal.

JINDAL, P., JUNJEA, M., SIENA, F.L., BAJAJ, D. and BREEDON, P., 2019. Mechanical and geometric properties of thermoformed and 3D printed clear dental aligners. American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, 156(5), pp.694-701.

SIENA, F.L., BYROM, B., WATTS, P. and BREEDON, P., 2018. Utilising the Intel RealSense camera for measuring health outcomes in clinical research. Journal of Medical Systems, 42 (3): 53. ISSN 0148-5598

SIENA, F.L., BREEDON, P., ARMSTRONG, J., INKPIN, K., NORRIS, A. and WATTS, P., 2018. Performance analysis system for endotracheal tube introducers: standardising for success. Journal of Health Design, 3 (3), pp. 129-134. ISSN 2206-785X

SIENA, F.L., BREEDON, P., ARMSTRONG, J., WATTS, P., INKPIN, K. and NORRIS, A., 2018. Mechanical performance assessment system for endotracheal tube introducers using motion detection and object tracking. In: IADIS International Conference: Computer Graphics, Visualization, Computer Vision and Image Processing 2018, Madrid, Spain, 18-20 July 2018.

SIENA, F.L., BYROM, B., WATTS, P. and BREEDON, P., 2018. Usability assessment of facial tracking for use in clinical outcomes. In: IADIS International Conference: Interfaces and Human Computer Interaction 2018, Madrid, Spain, 18-20 July 2018.

SIENA, F., BREEDON, P., ARMSTRONG, J., MARSH, P. and WATTS, P., 2017. Performance analysis for difficult airway equipment: standardising for success. Journal of Health Design, 2 (4), pp. 39-41. ISSN 2206-785X

BREEDON, P., SIENA, F. and ARMSTRONG, J., 2017. Tracheal intubation: improving first pass success with smart material solutions. The Journal of Health Design, 2 (3), pp. 15-18. ISSN 2206-785X

BREEDON, P., BYROM, B., SIENA, L. and MUEHLHAUSEN, W., 2016. Enhancing the measurement of clinical outcomes using Microsoft Kinect. In: Proceedings of the 2016 International Conference on Interactive Technologies and Games: EduRob in conjunction with iTAG 2016: iTAG 2016, Nottingham, 26-27 October 2016. Los Alamitos, CA: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, pp. 61-69. ISBN 9781509037384

SIENA, F.L., BREEDON, P., ARMSTRONG, J., INKPIN, K. and NORRIS, A., 2016. The development of a novel steerable bougie to assist in airway management. Australasian Medical Journal, 9 (5), pp. 124-137. ISSN 1836-1935.

AL-HABAIBEH, A. and SIENA, F.L., 2012. The application of infrared thermography for the evaluation of insulation and energy performance of buildings. In: 4th Jordanian IIR International Conference on Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, Amman, Jordan, 10-12 September 2012