Coming to the world of academia as a professional engineer (CEng) from industry, has enabled me to explain more of the reasons why subjects on an Engineering Degree are appropriate and why they are studied. This helps students to see where their studies are taking them and encourages a richer understanding of the subject matter.
I have spent nearly thirty years as a University Lecturer teaching Mechanical Engineering at Foundation, Undergraduate and Postgraduate level. This has included subjects such as Design, Computer Aided Design, Solid Mechanics (Stress Analysis), Composite Materials and Mechanical Integrity. All of which require a working knowledge of Mathematics.
CURRICULUM VITAE - January 2020
UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION Sept 1977 to June 1980
(Full Time sponsored by Rolls-Royce, Aero Division, Bristol).
BSc in Mechanical Engineering
City University, Northampton Square, London.
OTHER ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS
Oct 1980 to Dec 1980 (Block Release)
Diploma of Management Science, Bristol Polytechnic, Bristol.
July 1981 to Aug 1981 (Block Release)
Gas Turbine Theory, Cranfield Institute of Technology, Cranfield.
Jan 1994 to May 2000 (Part-time)
PhD, University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, UK.
Title of thesis: The Performance of Corrugated Carbon Fibre Pressure Vessels under External Pressure.
Co-author of an undergraduate textbook - Mechanics of Solids by Ross, Bird and Little
Publications in Recognised professional journals: 29
International Conference papers: 51
I am currently semi-retired but I am still an External Examiner for the University of Plymouth and an Engineering Consultant.
(1) Principal Lecturer at the School of Engineering, University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, UK (Sept 1989 to Dec 2018)
The job of a Principal Lecturer is multifaceted. Primarily, it is to teach at undergraduate and postgraduate level in the subject areas of Design, Computer Aided Design and Stress Analysis and to carry out research. I supervise a number of final year and postgraduate project students each year. As a unit coordinator for a number of undergraduate and postgraduate units, I was responsible for the production of course works and for examination papers. I contribute to a Level 3 (UG Final Year) Distance Learning Unit (Solid Mechanics and Dynamics part of the Materials & Energy Systems unit) used by Distance Learning students.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
As a Principal Lecturer in the Faculty of Technology, I have been involved with a number of educational management aspects within the University of Portsmouth.
Course leader of the Product Design programme with in the Department of Mechanical and Design Engineering (September 2006 to December 2018).
Course leader of the Marine Sports Technology course with in the Department of Mechanical and Design Engineering (Feb 2011- Jul 2014).
Lead panel member for the Periodic Programme Review for the previous Department of Mechanical and Design Engineering Courses (March 2013).
Expert Reader for the validation of the FdEng in Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautical Engineering programmes at Farnborough College of Technology.
Chair of the Department’s Computer Committee (Sept 2001 to Sept 2012).
Panel member for the validation of the Fd Eng in Aviation Engineering - School of Electronic and Aeronautical Engineering (SEAE), Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) – Arborfield (July 2012).
Programme Manager for the Department of Mechanical and Design Engineering for the Collaborative Foundation Degree at HMS Sultan (May 2003 to September 2006).
Panel member for the validation of the Distance Learning Top-up Degree (March 2006).
Representative of the University of Portsmouth for the QAA Review of the Collaborative Foundation Degree Programme Royal Navy’s School of Engineering at HMS Sultan (June 2005).
Course Leader of the Technology Foundation Course (June 1998 to Sept 2003).
Panel member for the Validation of the Collaborative Foundation Degree Programme Fd Eng in Marine Systems Engineering (May 2003).
(2) Plessey Aerospace, Senior Mechanical Design Engineer
(Oct 1987 to Aug 1989)
(3) Ferranti Computer Systems Ltd, Mechanical Design Engineer
(Aug 1984 to Oct 1987)
(4) Roll-Royce Ltd, Technology Engineer, Control Systems and Accessories Department (Jan 1983 to Aug 1984)
(5) Roll-Royce Ltd, Stress Engineer, Power Plant Accessories Group
(June 1982 to Jan 1983)
(6) Roll-Royce Ltd, Stress Engineer, Turbine Design Group (June 1981 to June 1982)
(7) Undergraduate Apprentice (Sept 1976 to June 1981)
This was a 1:3:1 sandwich course with Rolls-Royce Aero Division Bristol and City University, London.
MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTIONS
Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and Chartered Mechanical Engineer MIMechE, and CEng, April 1989.
Member of the Higher Education Academy (formally the Institution for Learning and Teaching) – ILTM, February 2001.
Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers - FIMechE, July 2001 to date.
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (formally the Institution for Learning and Teaching) – FHEA, March 2007 to December 2018.Fellow of the Institution of Engineering Designers - FIED, August 2007 to December 2018.
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