Professor Russell J Hand
MA PhD MEd CPhys MInstP CPhys FSGT FHEA
Director of Learning & Teaching, Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Telephone: +44 (0) 114 222 5465
Address: Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Sir Robert Hadfield Building, Mappin Street, Sheffield, S1 3JD
Russell Hand joined the Department in 1989, from Cambridge University, as the Redland Research Fellow. He was appointed to a Lectureship in 1990 (Senior Lecturer 2001; Reader 2010; Professor 2012) and in 1999 obtained an MEd in Teaching and Learning for University Lecturers. From 2001 to 2012 he served as Sub-Dean for Undergraduate Affairs in the Faculty of Engineering and then Deputy FLTD Engineering. From 2013 to 2015 he was course director for the cross-Faculty Aerospace Engineering degrees. Between 2014 and 2017, Russell was Head of the Interdisciplinary Programmes Office, Faculty of Engineering.
Russell has wide ranging research interests in glass with a particular foci on waste vitrification (linked to the Immobilisation Science Laboratory) and the mechanical properties of glass. Please contact Russell directly for details of currently available PhD projects.
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As well as being an active researcher Russell makes significant contributions to learning and teaching within the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and the Faculty of Engineering. He is currently Head of the Interdisciplinary Programmes Office (IPO) in the Faculty of Engineering. This is the unit responsible for the administration of the cross-Faculty degrees Aerospace Engineering, Bioengineering and MEng Engineering as well as the Science & Engineering Foundation Year. He is also Director of Learning and Teaching within Materials Science & Engineering.
Russell’s teaching, particularly in glasses on which he delivers a specialist Masters level module (MAT4442), is informed by his research interests. He is also in charge of Amrophous materials Industrial Training Programme (MAT3335). He currently contributes to first year undergraduate modules for Materials Science & Engineering students and Aerospace Engineering students on the mechanical properties of materials (MAT1730 and MEC192) and a Masters module on heat and materials (MAT6667/9). Russell also contributes to a first year option on materials and the environment (MAT1920).
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