Area of academic expertise - outline
My PhD studies were on “Educational Principles for Engineering Behaviour Learning Strategies”:
PhD Thesis, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, 1990, pp1-499.
I studied for my PhD degree on a part-time basis, while I was practising as a structural engineering designer with Arup. My PhD Supervisor was Professor John Cowan, who went on to become the Academic Director of the Open University in Scotland.
I have the following publications:
1. McKenzie, I. (1993), Developing structural understanding in young engineers, Technical Note 630,
Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers, May 1993.
2. Wilson, I.D.; McKenzie, I. (1999) DEFLECT: a CAL Resource to Facilitate Understanding of Structural
Mechanics. In Proceedings of the 3rd AECEF International Symposium, "Civil Engineering Learning
Technology", University of Cardiff, September 1999.
3. Hardy, R; Wilson I.D.; McKenzie, I. (2000) Evaluation of DEFLECT: A Longer Term Evaluation of
DEFLECT: a CAL Resource in Structural Mechanics. In Civil and Structural Education in the 21st
Century. In Proceedings - Volume 1, University of Southampton, April 2000, published in Allen, H.G.
(Ed.) (2000) Proceedings of the Conference.
Currently, I am not research active. In 2018-2019, I am working on a '0.5' part-time contract. I am involved in teaching, tutoring, and assessment, in 5 undergraduate modules (BEng Hons) and also in
2 postgraduate modules (MSc). The associated total cohort of students, for the above 7 modules, in
2018-2019, is about 129 students.
Current research activities
Currently, I am not involved in research activities, for the reason given above.
Desired research direction
Civil and structural engineering education.
I was a structural engineering designer with Ove Arup & Partners (now Arup) from November 1978 to June 1992. That period included my secondment for one year of civil and structural engineering site experience, with Wimpey Construction UK (1983-1984). All of that experience gave me 14 years of excellent, well-rounded, professional civil engineering expertise and awareness, in structural design and of on-site construction practice, with two of the top firms in the UK.
My main academic role is as Lecturer in Structural Engineering design and analysis, over the period from August 1992 until the present date.
I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) (from March 2007).
I am a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers (MICE, 1985).
I am a Member of the Institution of Structural Engineers (MIStructE, 1989).
Through these Institutions, I am both a Chartered Civil Engineer, and a Chartered Structural Engineer, with CEng status.
As a Chartered Structural Engineer, and also as a Chartered Civil Engineer, I am required to undertake a minimum of 30 hours per year in continuing professional development. I do these studies formally for the IStructE. That submission would also satisfy the requirements of the ICE. This further study and practice also enhances my professional abilities in my lecturing role. An example, in recent years, is the change to the use of the Eurocodes, which are new, Europe-wide, structural design standards. This required my re-writing of all of my associated module materials, which included those on the design of structural steelwork, of structural timber, of reinforced concrete, and of structural masonry (brickwork & blockwork).
Being both MICE and MIStructE, I am a Liaison Officer for UWS to both of these Institution.
I encourage our students to become student members of the ICE, as this is the main Civil Engineering Institution in the UK, and the ICE has a worldwide influence. I also encourage our students to become a student member of the IStructE, and also of one of the two Institutions for Highways and Transportation.
All of these Institutions can form the professional accreditation party which visits UWS around every 5 years, so as to inspect our degree programmes and also to grant us another 5 years of accreditation.
Each year, in November, I organise a group of about 20-25 of our students to attend the ICE's Annual Students' Lunch in Glasgow.
I have also had a good range of educational and professional tutoring experience, with our 4th (Final) Year students, working on the Interact Project. Interact, is a multi-disciplinary, building design project, which involves student teams of Civil Engineers, Architects, and Quantity Surveyors. The Civil Engineers are from UWS, and also from Glasgow University. The Architects are from the Mackintosh School of Architecture in Glasgow. And the Quantity Surveyors are from Glasgow Caledonian University. These teams of students work interactively together to design and detail the structure of a building that is specified in each year’s Interact Design Brief. For our participating students, the consequent, necessary invoking, and developing, of a range of multi-disciplinary knowledge and skills, is a very important part of the professional development for our soon-to-be-practising, young engineers. An awareness of different multi-disciplinary design criteria, and differing professional viewpoints, is a key skill for our students to develop, before they enter into the realities and challenges of professional design practice.