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Mark Golab

Mark Golab


School of Science & Technology

Staff Group(s)
Product Design


Mark Golab is a Research Fellow in Product Design (Robotics Research) at Nottingham Trent University (NTU) and is a member of the Medical Design Research Group (MDRG). Mark’s current role is to develop a robotic system to carry out research linked to lean production line applications for PepsiCo Europe and AMP Rose.

Mark supports the Product Design Department through presenting lectures and seminars to both Undergraduate and Postgraduate product design students. Alongside supervising Erasmus students for the European Project Semester Module, Mark co-tutors the Product Design for 15 - 17 Year Olds Summer School.

Furthermore, Mark supports the MDRG through bid writing and working on the ScoliBOT, a co-robotic spinal surgical system along with other associated projects within the group.

Career overview

Prior to working at NTU, Mark completed a Bachelors Degree in Product Design and a Masters Degree in Medical Product Design both at Nottingham Trent University. While undertaking his Masters degree Mark was able to work closely with surgeons and clinicians enabling him to carry out research linked to improving the efficiency of the Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy neurosurgical procedure through the use of wearable headsets such as Google Glass.

Immediately after completing his Masters Mark was sponsored by PepsiCo Europe and appointed Research Assistant in Product Design (Robotics Research) at NTU to research and develop a robotic end effector and interface for snacks’ packaging.

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Research areas

Mark’s current research within the MDRG is an InnovateUK funded project specifically focusing on:

  • The research of various methods and materials for the design and prototyping of an integrated robotic system
  • Robotic operation and control of both Universal and Kuka Robots for pick and place applications
  • End effector development and testing using effective vacuum technologies
  • Development and fabrication of the appropriate conveyoring systems
  • Integrating vision system technologies with Universal Robots
  • Fabricating prototypes and testing adaptive end effectors based on biomimicry
  • Managing, coordinating and writing the appropriate research journal publications
  • Development of co-robotic surgical systems in surgery
  • Analysis and introduction to the use of augmented reality headsets in spinal surgery

External activity

Mark is currently an Associate Chartered Designer on the pathway to becoming a Chartered Designer


  • One of the seven best British Graduate Designers of 2014 by Develop3D
  • Sustainability in Practice Certificate 2014/15

Sponsors and collaborators

PepsiCo Europe


Golab, M R, Breedon, P, and Vloeberghs, M, 2016. A wearable headset for monitoring electromyography responses within spinal surgery. European Spine Journal. ISSN 0940-6719

Press expertise

  • Product design processes and methodologies
  • Augmented reality systems for surgery and healthcare
  • Robotic systems, industrial and clinical environment