Chris McMahon has been at the University of Bristol since September 2012, having previously worked at the University from 1984 to 2002.  From 2002 to 2012 he worked at the University of Bath where from 2006-2011 he was Director of the Innovative Design and Manufacturing Research Centre (IdMRC) and from 2005-2009 he led the EPSRC Grand Challenge Project in Knowledge and Information Management Though-Life.  Prior to 1984 Chris worked as a production engineer and then design engineer in the railway and automotive industries.

Chris is immediate Past-President of the international Design Society on the editorial boards of Research in Engineering Design, Journal of Design Research, International Journal of PLM, Advanced Engineering Informatics and the Journal of Engineering Design.