Getting a standing ovation from 300 first year students at the end of the last lecture of the course unit I was teaching has been a highlight of my career.
Position: Undergraduate Admissions Tutor, Senior Lecturer and Researcher in the Control Systems group
My research focuses on the development of automatic control technologies that allow modern engineering systems to become aware of, and to adequately respond to, changes in their environment. Examples of such engineering systems include the eurofighter, space shuttle, chemical refinery and the electrical power network.
The School has considerable research expertise in all facets of electrical and electronic engineering. It has managed to achieve excellent research as well as teaching quality. Extracurricular activities for both the students and staff ensure that everybody involved with the School feels a sense of community.
The aspect that I enjoy most about teaching is being able to share my knowledge with intelligent and open-minded young people in both large lecture theatres and during one-to-one meetings when discussing the progress of undergraduate student projects.
I try and introduce current technical challenges facing electrical power networks, most notably the integration of renewable energy sources, into the first year undergraduate course unit dealing with elementary circuit analysis. Even though the details of these challenges are most certainly beyond the scope of the first year undergraduate course unit, the main concepts can be communicated to the students even at such an early stage. The students enjoy observing the connection between what they study and the global challenges facing the modern world.
Getting a standing ovation from 300 first year students at the end of the last lecture of the course unit I was teaching has been a highlight of my career. I hope that my students will remember me as somebody who was an enthusiastic lecturer that made an uncompromising effort to share his knowledge with them.