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Overview

I lecture general engineering subjects at the Hamilton campus. This covers a wide range of modules from Engineering Management and  Mechanical Engineering to Product Design and Acoustics.

I have particular interest in pedagogical approaches and flexible delivery of modules, especially blended learning. I am a Fellow of the HEA and have special interest in assessment and in professional development of engineers – this includes communities of practice and ‘Habitus’.

My research and consultancy interests have been in the vibrations of structures (analytical and experimental) and in acoustic assessment (BS4142 and sound power measurement for acoustic mitigation). I am a chartered Engineer and a member of the IET.

Area of academic expertise - outline

I am involved with the setting up and delivery of a new Graduate Apprenticeship scheme where novel methods of delivery are being explored.

My recent research expertise is in the area of ‘Habitus’ and ‘Field’ applied to the development of engineering students. These two rather abstract philosophical concepts ( due originally to Pierre Bourdieu) potentially will allow insight to the essential mechanisms of development of professional engineers. 

Desired research direction

I have particular interest in  the developing of Work Based Learning assessment tools in the future. I would like to continue my interest in ‘Habitus’ and ‘Field’ combined with communities of practice for engineers. 

Target collaborative organisations

University of Southern Queensland, Department of Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Toowoomba, Australia 

Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange

Assessment of Environmental Noise and  general acoustic measurement.

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