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    • School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University

      B4 7ET Birmingham

      United Kingdom

    20092018
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    Personal profile

    General

    I joined Aston University in January 2009 where I was programme director for the Mechanical Engineering family of Undergraduate degrees from 2010-2017 and was also Head of Group (Department) for two three year terms from 2011, a time of significant growth for the group and a change in teaching culture to an active approach following CDIO guidelines.

    Prior to my time at Aston I worked as an academic at the University of Dundee. In my time at Dundee I was involved in not only the Mechanical Engineering programme but I also set up a joint Product Design degree with Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art. 

    Before this I was a researcher involved in laser applications at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh following a spell in industry as an R&D and manufacturing engineer in automotive fuel injection and as an assembly and test technician on mass spectrometer power supplies. 

    Research Interests

    My main research interest lies in the field of engineering education, how this aligns with commercial and societal needs, methods and approaches to deliver effective education and motivations to embark on an engineering career.

    I also have interests in non-traditional manufacturing technology, particularly those related to additive manufacturing, automation and Industry 4.0 applications.

    I am always very keen to hear from possible PhD students interested in doing research in these areas. Please feel free to discuss possible projects. 

    Teaching Activity

    My main teaching interests are in design, manufacture and smart systems technology.

    I am module leader for :

    ME1501 : Design & Experimentation
    ME2045 : Solid Mechanics
    ME3070 : Advanced Solid Mechanics & FEA
    ME42PRO : MEng Group Project

    Qualifications

    • BEng (hons) Mechanical Engineering, Heriot-Watt University, 1989
    • MPhil, Heriot-Watt University, 1992
    • PhD in Laser Materials Processing, University of Dundee, 1998 

    Employment

    • 2009 – date: Lecturer, Mechanical Engineering, Aston University.
    • 1993 – 2008: Lecturer, Mechanical Engineering, University of Dundee, Dundee
    • 1991-1992: Research Associate – Laser Cutting Systems, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh
    • 1989 – 1990: Graduate Engineer, Lucas Diesel Systems, London & Gloucester 

    Membership of Professional Bodies

    Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA)
    Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers
     (MIMechE, CEng)

    Awards

    National Teaching Fellow (2016)

    Contact Details

    Phone Number: 0121 204 3608
    Email: g.a.thomson@aston.ac.uk

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    Tolonium Chloride Chemical Compounds
    engineering Social Sciences
    Disinfection Engineering & Materials Science
    Polycaprolactone Engineering & Materials Science
    Chitosan Chemical Compounds
    Surgery Engineering & Materials Science
    Stents Engineering & Materials Science
    student Social Sciences

    Research Output 2009 2018

    DEVELOPING STAFF FOR EFFECTIVE CDIO IMPLEMENTATION

    Thomson, G. A. & Clark, R., 27 Jun 2018.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

    Open Access
    File
    staff
    teaching practice
    community
    Ireland
    Teaching

    THE DEVELOPMENT OF TECHNICAL STAFF COMPETENCIES VIA INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE

    Thomson, G. A. & Gommer, L., 26 Jun 2018.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

    Open Access
    File
    international relations
    staff
    curriculum
    student
    technician

    Development of a series of design build projects - Preparing students for industrial placement

    Thomson, G. A., 21 Sep 2017, Proceedings of the 45th SEFI Annual Conference 2017 - Education Excellence for Sustainability, SEFI 2017. Société Eropéenne pour la Formation des Ingénieurs, p. 339-346 8 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

    Students
    project group
    mechanical engineering
    industry
    product design

    Opportunities to share ideas & practice among engineering education initiatives

    Thomson, G. A., 21 Sep 2017, Proceedings of the 45th SEFI Annual Conference 2017 - Education Excellence for Sustainability, SEFI 2017. Société Eropéenne pour la Formation des Ingénieurs, p. 194-201 8 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

    Engineering education
    engineering
    education
    synergy
    best practice

    Student input in the development of a marking scheme for improved engineering logbooks

    Leslie, L., Prince, M. & Thomson, G., 12 Jun 2013, (Unpublished).

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

    engineering
    student
    poster
    tutor
    engineer

    Prizes

    National Teaching Fellow

    Gareth Thomson (Recipient), 2016

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

    Activities 2017 2019

    • 2 Examination
    • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course

    RAEng / South African Dept of Higher Education & Training Engineering Workshops - Dealing with Large Classes

    Gareth Thomson (Keynote/plenary speaker)
    8 May 20199 May 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    External Examiner

    Gareth Thomson (Examiner)
    20192023

    Activity: Examination typesExamination

    External Examiner

    Gareth Thomson (Examiner)
    1 Jun 201730 May 2021

    Activity: Examination typesExamination