Portrait of Dr Khadija Tahera Dr Khadija Tahera

k.tahera@hud.ac.uk | 01484 471667




Currently working as Lecturer in University of Huddersfield and has completed her PhD in Engineering design process in the department of Engineering and Innovation at The Open University. During her PhD, she has worked as a consultant at the University of the Arts London. Before starting her PhD, she has worked as a research assistant in the Knowledge Media Institute (KMi), at The Open University, on a European project. She has also worked on an EADS Astrium project in Cranfield University just after finishing her MSc degree in Astronautics and Space Engineering. She did a Bachelor degree in Computer Engineering.

Research and Scholarship

Testing in Engineering Product Development Processes

Two specific research questions is posed in my current investigation:

  1. how testing is integrated into the product development process and
  2. what is the role of different types testing and how these testing are scheduled across the stages of product development process.

Therefore, it is possible to provide a detailed attention to the testing plan to reduce the overall product development cost.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Tahera, K., Earl, C. and Eckert, C. (2017) ‘A method for improving overlapping of testing and designIEEE Transactions on Engineering Management , 64 (2), pp. 179-192. ISSN 0018-9391

Sahno, J., Shevtshenko, E., Karaulova, T. and Tahera, K. (2015) ‘Framework for continuous improvement of production processesEngineering Economics , 26 (2), pp. 169-180. ISSN 2029-5839

Tahera, K., Earl, C. and Claudia, E. (2014) ‘Integrating virtual and physical testing to accelerate the engineering product development processInternational Journal of Information Technology and Management , 13 (2), pp. 154-175. ISSN 1461-4111

Book Section

Tahera, K., Eckert, C. and Earl, C. (2015) ‘Highlighting the importance of testing in the product development process’. In: Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 15). : Design Society. pp. 021-030. ISBN 9781904670698

Tahera, K., Earl, C. and Eckert, C. (2013) ‘Improving overlapping between testing and design in engineering product development processes’. In: ASME 2013 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference. Portland, Oregon, USA: American Society of Mechanical Engineers. p. V005T06A038. ISBN 978-0-7918-5592-8

Tahera, K., Eckert, C. and Earl, C. (2013) ‘Optimizing Overlap between Testing and Design in Engineering Product Development Processes’. In: Smart Product Engineering: Proceedings of the 23rd CIRP Design Conference, Bochum, Germany, March 11th - 13th, 2013. Bochum, Germany: Springer-Verlag GmbH, Heidelberg. pp. 201-210. ISBN 978-3-642-30817-8

Tahera, K., Earl, C. and Eckert, C. (2012) ‘The role of testing in the engineering product development process’. In: Tools and Methods of Competitive Engineering. Karlsruhe, Germany: Delft University of Technology. pp. 894-904.

Conference Item

Tahera, K., Earl, C. and Eckert, C. (2012) ‘Integrating physical and virtual testing to improve confidence in product design’. In: 2nd International Conference on Modelling and Management of Engineering Processes, 29th-30th November 2012, Cambridge, UK , p. 131

Research Degree Supervision

General project areas

  • Integrating design and testing
  • Improving product development process
  • Optimising overlapping in product development process
  • Project management
  • Production management
  • Lean manufacturing and Quality control

Current opportunities

  • Please contact this member of staff to discuss possible opportunities.

Enterprise Activities

Collaboration with industrial partners:

  • Perkins Engine
  • NACCO Material Handling

Administrative Responsibilities

Personal Tutor (1st year students)

Teaching and Professional Activities

Module Leader:

  • MSc Project Management


  • 2nd year Manufacturing and Enterprise
  • MSc Project Management
  • Final year Project quality and production management
  • 1st year  Professional Studies and Computing and information Technology

Personal Tutor (1st year students)