Dr Pete Mylon
Multidisciplinary Engineering Education
Senior University Teacher
Faculty Co-ordinator for Co-Curricular Activities
+44 114 222 5805
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Multidisciplinary Engineering Education
32 Leavygreave Road
I am a National Teaching Fellow, specialising in Making, makerspaces and student-led learning, and have worked with many institutions across the world to support them in creating and growing makerspaces, from universities in Malaysia to refugee camps in Jordan.
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 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. In 2019, I established the UNIMAKER conference for staff and students involved in Making in Higher Education. I also oversees the growing number of student-led co-curricular activities in Engineering and established the iTEC facility which houses 13 of these teams. I also co-founded Hackcessible, the international hackathon that sees students working alongside disabled people to solve real life challenges through designing and building assistive technology.
I am passionate about student-led learning and am always looking for new opportunities for students to work across disciplines and gain real-world experience. I have taught CAD and engineering design across a number of departments.
- Early Career Senate Award for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, 2018
- National Teaching Fellow, 2020
- Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence, 2021
- Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AdvanceHE)
- Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers
- Five Misperceptions You Need to Overcome When Starting a Makerspace. International Journal of Makerspaces and Making, 1(1).
- Influence of medical gloves on fingerpad friction and feel. Wear, 376-377(A), 324-328. View this article in WRRO
- How do gloves affect cutaneous sensibility in medical practice? Two new applied tests.. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part H: Journal of Engineering in Medicine. View this article in WRRO
- An evaluation of dexterity and cutaneous sensibility tests for use with medical gloves. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part C: Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science, 230(16), 2896-2912. View this article in WRRO
- Evaluation of the effect of medical gloves on dexterity and tactile sensibility using simulated clinical practice tests. International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, 53, 115-123. View this article in WRRO
- Factors influencing the perception of roughness in manual exploration: Do medical gloves reduce cutaneous sensibility?. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part J: Journal of Engineering Tribology, 229(3), 273-284. View this article in WRRO
- A study of clinicians’ views on medical gloves and their effect on manual performance. American Journal of Infection Control, 42(1), 48-54.
- A critical review of glove and hand research with regard to medical glove design. Ergonomics, 57(1), 116-129.
Conference proceedings papers
- Supporting In-Curriculum Making alongside a Student-Led Makerspace. Proceedings of the 6th International Symposium on Academic Makerspaces, Vol. 2022
- Using student-led manufacturing in makerspaces to support transition into engineering higher education. 5th International Conference on Higher Education Advances (HEAd'19), 26 June 2019 - 28 June 2019.
- Investigation into surface interaction between the contact lens, the upper eyelid and cornea using optical coherence tomography. Optical Fibers and Sensors for Medical Diagnostics and Treatment Applications XVII View this article in WRRO
- Teaching the art of communication through drawing. Proceedings of the 45th SEFI Annual Conference 2017 - Education Excellence for Sustainability, SEFI 2017 (pp 364-371)
- Review of Test Methods Relevant to Medical Glove Design. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, Vol. 55(1) (pp 700-704)
- Five Misperceptions You Need to Overcome When Starting a Makerspace. Proceedings of the 3rd International Symposium on Academic Makerspaces. Stanford, CA, 3 August 2018 - 5 August 2018.
- Teaching interests
- Making and Makerspaces
- Student-led learning
- Mechanical design and prototyping
- Computer-aided design
- Teaching activities
- Engineering Applications (MEC, AER, CIV, EEE, GEE)
- MEC333 Integrated Design Skills
- Academic Lead for iForge
- Faculty Coordinator for Co-Curricular Activities