Mr Peter Trend


Multidisciplinary Engineering Education

Teaching Technician in Computing, Control and Electrical Engineering

Peter Trend
+44 114 222 6149

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Mr Peter Trend
Multidisciplinary Engineering Education
The Diamond
32 Leavygreave Road
S3 7RD

I began his career at the University of Sheffield at the Faculty of Engineering in 2012 as a Trainee Technician, working briefly at several different departments over the course of 2 years whilst attempting to learn as much as he could from his colleagues.

Before working at The Diamond, I was a Laboratory Technician for EEE at a cleanroom in the Mappin Building where I supported teaching and research.

When I’m not busy fixing the equipment or teaching about microfabrication, I enjoy supporting project students.  I have looked after the Clean Room at The Diamond since 2015 and am still tirelessly working on improving the delivery of practical training. I particularly enjoy interdisciplinary projects.

In 201, I was successful in gaining a CertHE in Audio Technology (2011) by the School of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Salford.

Prior to working in higher education, I did data entry for the insurance and banking sectors. Although this might not be directly related to my job now, the skills gained from this have helped him to communicate formally with suppliers.


Professional Achievements:

  • Member of the Institute of Science and Technology (MIScT)
  • Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence 2021 (HEA)
  • Co-author of “Student Experiences of Practical Activities During the Covid-19 Pandemic” published at the 2021 Education IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference
  • UNISON Health and Safety Representative


  • CertHE in Audio Technology (2011)
  • ‘PAT Testing’: City and Guilds ‘‘Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment Based on the IEE Code of Practice for In-Service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment 100/4339/1” (2012)
  • LabVIEW Core 1 (2015), LabVIEW Core 2 (2016)
  • HEATED Teaching and Learning Skills for Technical Staff (Module 1) (2015)
Research group

Research Interests:

  • Physical Vapour Deposition (PVD)
  • Remote control of test instruments via LabVIEW
  • Microfluidics
Teaching interests
  • Semiconductor device fabrication
  • Cleanroom technology
  • High vacuum principles and techniques
Teaching activities
  • Schottky Diodes
  • Light Emitting Diodes
  • Resistivity
  • Photolithography