Mr David Lyons

Mr David Lyons

Senior Lecturer


UNSW Canberra
School of Eng & Tech

Experienced consulting engineer and teacher in the fields of naval architecture, composite materials and yacht design.

Professional Associations – CEng - Chartered Engineer (Engineering Council, UK). Fellow, The Royal Institution of Naval Architects. Fellow, Engineers Australia. RPEQ - Registered Professional Engineer, Queensland.

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Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) – UNSW 1987

Grad. Cert. University Learning & Teaching

Other Professional Associations/Memberships

  • International Technical Committee Offshore Racing Congress (1997 - )
  • Special Regulations sub-Committee International Sailing Federation (2009 - 2016)
  • National Safety Committee Yachting Australia(2010 - 2016 )

Legal/Technical Expert - Composite Materials and Naval Architecture

  • My expert reports have been tendered in the NSW Coroners Court, Supreme Court of NSW, the NSW District Court, The Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of New Zealand.  I have appeared at numerous higher-level mediations as expert and appeared as a witness in court proceedings as an expert engineer.

1987-1989          Unilever – manufacturing engineering

1989-1992          DIAB Australia – composite engineering

1992-1996          Full time consultancy – Director, Seaflyer Pty Ltd

1996-2004          DIAB Australia – composite engineering

2000 -  2020               Lecturer, School of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering, UNSW

2004–2011         EMP Composites (Nuplex Industries) – Founder, general manager

2011-2014              Full time consultancy – Director, Seaflyer Pty Ltd t/as Lyons Chartered Engineers

2020 -              Naval Architecture program, UNSW Canberra at ADFA: developing and presenting the new Program in Naval Architecture.

National and international sailor – competed at the Admiral’s Cup (UK), Australian Champion Melges 24 class 2009, overall winner 1993 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race on my own design Micropay Cuckoo's Nest.

Recipient, Australian Sports Medal 2000 (Sailing).

+61 2 90659480
School of Engineering and Information Technology UNSW Canberra at The Australian Defence Force Academy Northcott Drive Campbell ACT 2600
  • Journal articles | 2010
    Raju ; Prusty BG; Kelly DW; Lyons D; Peng GD, 2010, 'Delamination charaterisation of curved composites using acoustic emission and fibre bragg gratings', International Maritime Conference 2010, Pacific 2010, pp. 252 - 266
    Journal articles | 2010
    Raju R; Prusty BG; Kelly DW; Lyons D; Peng G, 2010, 'Failure Characterisation of L-Bend curved composite laminates', Trans RINA, Part B1,International Journal of Small Craft Technology, 152, pp. B93 - B105,
    Journal articles | 2010
    Raju R; Prusty BG; Kelly DW; Lyons D; Peng G, 2010, 'Top hat stiffeners: A study on keel structures', Ocean Engineering, 37, pp. 1180 - 1192,
  • Conference Papers | 2014
    Raju ; Prusty G; Lyons D, 2014, 'Damage Analysis of Curved Composite Structures using Interface Elements', in Iyer NR; Palani GS; Kant T (eds.), Proceedings of 5th International Congress on Computational Mechanics and Simulation (ICCMS-2014), Research Publishing, Chennai, India, pp. 385 - 388, presented at International Congress on Computational Mechanics and Simulation, Chennai, India, 10 December 2014 - 13 December 2014

Australian Sports Medal

Key member of academic team setting up the Naval Architecture program at UNSW Canberra at ADFA.

First intake of Level 3 undergraduate students in March 2022.

My Teaching

I specialise in the education (learning and teaching) of undergraduate engineering students in the field of naval architecture.