Academic Lead for the iForge, Theme Lead for Manufacturing
T: +44 (0)114 222 5805
MEng (Hons), PhD, SFHEA, SF
Having graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a Masters in Mechanical Engineering, I worked in a mechanical and structural engineering consultancy before returning to do my PhD in 2009. My doctoral studies focused on the impact of medical gloves on manual performance and involved designing and building test rigs to simulate medical and surgical procedures.
Following the completion of my doctorate, I worked as a postdoctoral researcher at The University of Manchester where I designed test equipment for in vivo measurement of contact lens friction.
In 2015, I returned to Sheffield to teach in the University’s brand new Diamond building, creating and delivering practical laboratory classes in dynamics and revolutionising the Engineering Applications teaching in manufacturing technology for first year Mechanical, Aerospace, Architectural and Electrical Engineering students.
In 2017, I worked with a team of students to create the iForge, the UK’s first student-led makerspace. Run by a team of over 40 students, it provides a space for students to learn practical skills and collaborate, both as part of and outside the curriculum, in a relaxed environment, and is developing a global reputation.
I am passionate about student-led learning and am always looking for opportunities to work with academics to transform their design and build curriculum. I also teach CAD across a number of engineering departments.