David White

David White

Job Title

Senior Lecturer / Director - Design for Respiratory Health Lab


David White is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) where he has been a faculty member since 1993. David completed his M.E. and PhD at AUT and his undergraduate studies at the University of Auckland. With a strong industry and academic background in mechanical design, David has focussed on applied research that provides advances in breathing therapies and devices. These include a lung simulator, pressure limiting flow regulator, simulator of premature neonate lung surfactant dynamics, airway tracheal tissue test apparatus and novel patented breathing interface systems. His research interests span the areas of design and biomedical engineering. In recent years he has focused on the human upper respiratory system with simulation of air-conditioning within the nasal cavity. In prior work he has designed vehicle control mechanisms and engine improvements resulting in him holding two patents in these fields.

  • Human upper airway and respiratory mechanics
  • Breathing therapies and devices
  • Medical device design