Prof. Ing. Jonathan C Borg

Prof. Ing. Jonathan C Borg

Prof. Ing. Jonathan C Borg



Room 103
Engineering Building
University of Malta
  +356 2340 2366
Jonathan C. Borg graduated in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Malta in 1989. For 3 years he worked with the Maltese Water Authority, responsible for the management and application of CAED systems used in designing RO plants. During this period, he also formed part of a team that developed a computer-based model of the water aquifer. In 1992 he joined the University to lecture and perform research in product development including Engineering Design, Computer Aided Engineering Design & Computer Integrated Manufacturing . Prof. Borg's education include an M.Sc. in Computer Aided Engineering Design (1993) and a Ph.D. in concurrent product design (1999), both from the University of Strathclyde (UK). In 1989 he attended a course Computers in Maintenance Management (University of Manchester) and in 1990 a Commonwealth scholarship on CADCAM held at Hong Kong Polytechnic. Between March 2001 and September 2012, he served as Head of the Department of Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering.

In 2005, he lead the setting up of the MSc in Integrated Product Development (IPD). In October 2012, he spent a 2 year sabbatical carrying out research in IPD & following development activities in two industrial firms. In 2014, he co-founded the 'International PhD Summer School on Integrated Product Development' that is endorsed by the Design Society.

Since 2002, he has been appointed by the EC as expert evaluator/reviewer for various projects related to ICT in Design & Manufacturing. In 2020, he Chaired the European Research Council's evaluation panel for Products & Processes. In May 2003, he was awarded a Medal of Appreciation by the UK Institution of Engineering Designers at the House of Commons, London and since June 2017, made Honorary Professor at the University of Miskolc, Hungary. He has held a number of international appointments including member of number of scientific advisory committees. He has published over 130 peer reviewed scientific publications and leads the Concurrent Engineering Resarch Unit (CERU).
  • Product Development
  • Engineering Design Methodologies
  • Design of Biomedical Artefacts
  • Digital Manufacturing & Industry 4.0
  • Computer Aided Design & Manufacturing

BORG, J., C. and FARRUGIA, P., J., 2014. An ‘Engustrial Design’ Experiential Education Approach, Proceedings of the DesignEd Asia Conference 2014, Hong Kong Polytechnic University 2014.

FRANCALANZA, E., BORG, J., C. and CONSTANTINESCU, C., 2014. Deriving a Systematic Approach to Changeable Manufacturing System Design. Variety Management in Manufacturing, Procedia CIRP, 17, pp. 166-171.

FENECH, O.C. and BORG, J.C., 2007. Exploiting Emotions for Successful Product Design, Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED '07 2007.

BORG, J.C., FARRUGIA, P.J. and CAMILLERI, K.P., 2004. Knowledge Intensive Design Technology. Kluwer Academic.

YAN, X.T., BORG, J.C. and JUSTER, N.P., 2001. Concurrent modelling of components and realization systems to support proactive design for manufacture/assembly. Journal of Engineering Manufacture, 215, pp. 1135-1136-1141.

BORG, J.C., X.T., Y. and JUSTER, N.P., 2000. Exploring Decisions Influence on Life-Cycle Performance To Aid "Design For Multi-X. International Journal Artificial Intelligence in Engineering Design & Manufacture, 14, pp. 91-92-113.

BORG, J., BONELLO, P. and CIANTAR, C., 1997. A Computer Based Tool For The Design And Manufacture Of Automatic Lathe Cams. International Journal, Computers In Industry, 34, pp. 11-12-26.

Acquisition of External Funding:
* Prof. Borg has raised over 1.6M Euro (2.1M US$) of funding for the Department of
Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering from various external sources including ERDF, EU-
AsiaLink, EUMEDIS, FP6, MCST R&I Projects. Through this funding, the research
infrastructure of the department had made a marked step forward this opening up research
opportunities for both University staff and students. Equipment acquired include an
electron beam melting rapid manufacturing systems, an ABS 3D printer and an micro Electro
discharge machining system.

Recent Appointments on International Scientific Advisory Committees of:
- Joint Conference on Mechanical, Design Engineering & Advanced Manufacturing (2014, France)
- 8th International Conference on Digital Enterprise Technology (Stuttgart, Germany)
- DesignED Asia Conference 2014 (Hong Kong)
- International Conference on Research into Design (ICORD'15 India)
- International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 2015, Italy)
- DesignED Asia Conference 2015 (Hong Kong)
- Meaningful Technology+Design Conference 2017 (Portugal)

in addition to contributing to the reviewing process of a number of international journals.

* Prof. Borg has been appointed to a number of national boards/committee including:
-The Malta Council for Science & Technology
-Malta's Engineering Board
-RTDI Section Committee of the Malta Chamber of Commerce Enterprise & Industry
-The Malta Government Student Scholarship Board
-STEPS scholarships board
-Malta's Manufacturing Research Steering Committee
-Malta Standards Authority
-Malta Enterprise Business Technology Network
-The National Commission For Sustainable Development
- Chair of DesignMalta
-MCAST Board of Governors
- Served for several years, as Malta's National Contact Point & member of the
Programme Committee for the EC P6 & FP7 research thematic area on Nanotechnologies,
Materials & Production Technologies (NMP).

* June 2017: made Honorary Professor at the University of Miskolc, Hungary;
* Supervised a number of postgraduate students including PhD candidates, MSc IPD students
and MSc by Research students;
* Prof. Borg research resulted in the filing of 3 patents.
* Occupied the role of University Workshop Director between 2001-2012.
* Member of the Institute of Engineering Designers (UK), the Society of
Manufacturing Engineers (USA), The Design Society (UK) and the Chamber of Engineers (Malta).