Professor Andrew Garrard

MEng(hons), PhD, CEng, FIMechE, PFHEA

Multidisciplinary Engineering Education

Head of Multidisciplinary Engineering Education

Professor of Engineering Education

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Professor Andrew Garrard
Multidisciplinary Engineering Education
The Diamond
32 Leavygreave Road
S3 7RD

My technical specialisms are in fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, heat transfer, energy engineering and computational fluid dynamics (CFD).  I am a graduate with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Sheffield, where he also conducted my PhD research into regenerative fuel cell systems for energy storage. After a series of post-doctoral positions, including at the Health and Safety Executive modelling fluid flow and a research fellow at the University of Leeds simulating explosive shock dynamics, in 2008 I took up a lectureship at Sheffield Hallam University. In 2009, I was promoted to senior lecturer and was responsible for leading the thermofluids teaching group. In 2013, I won the Sheffield Hallam Inspirational Teacher Award. 

I rejoined the University of Sheffield as part of Multidisciplinary Engineering Education in 2015, helping to set up the new department. I am responsible for designing and delivering the teaching in the Fluids Engineering laboratory in the Diamond, supporting students on programmes including mechanical, civil, aerospace and general engineering. While in post, I have taken on the positions of Departmental Director of Learning and Teaching followed by Deputy Head of Department. I sit on the Department’s Executive and ED&I Committee and is part of the University's Digital Strategic Advisory Group.  In 2022 I was appointed as Head of Department.

  • Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Fellow IMechE
  • Chartered Engineer
  • Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence 2021 (HEA)

Journal articles


Conference proceedings papers

  • Di Benedetti M, Garrard A & Beck SBM (2021) BUILD IT AND THEY WILL COME: MAINTAINING STUDENTS ACCESS TO FABRICATION AND TESTING DURING A PANDEMIC. Proceedings - SEFI 49th Annual Conference: Blended Learning in Engineering Education: Challenging, Enlightening - and Lasting? (pp 1382-1386) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Nichols A & Garrard A (2018) A Teaching Sandwich Approach to Integrating Classroom and Practical Teaching. 5 TH Annual Symposium of the United Kingdom & Ireland Engineering Education Research Network: “Time for Change” Symposium Proceedings (pp 87-90). London, UK, 23 November 2017 - 24 November 2017. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Garrard A, Beck S & Styring P (2004) Numerical Model of a Single Phase, Regenerative Fuel Cell. 2nd International Conference on Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology, 14 June 2004 - 16 June 2004. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Spalton T, Tomlinson RA, Garrard AE & Beck SBM () Streaming Birefringence - A Step Forward. Applied Mechanics and Materials, Vol. 13-14 (pp 23-28) RIS download Bibtex download


Teaching interests

I am interested in two aspects of teaching: Practical Engineering Education and teaching at scale. The teaching that occurs in the department of Multidisciplinary Engineering Education is on the nexus of these two interests.

Teaching activities

CFD teaching for the following cohorts of students:

  • 2nd year Mechanical Engineering
  • 2nd year Aerospace Engineering
  • 2nd year General Engineering

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