Stuart Atkinson is reading for a PhD. at the University of Exeter. He is currently in the final stages of his research, investigating Water Distribution Management within the Centre for Water Systems. This project forms part of a collaborative multidisciplinary research group, Urban Futures, investigating the effect of different urban future scenarios across a range of research fields (EPSRC funded).

His PhD. focusses on improving water system operational reliability both in the present and the future. A major focus of the work is investigating reliability indicators for both water distribution systems (WDS) and foul sewer networks (FSN), which are used to simplify the reliability evaluation process and allow for efficient optimisation of network cost against net benefits. The interactions between WDS and FSN are also explored, evaluating how different urban futures are likely to affect them, and to what extent the magnitude of their reliability could improve these interactions.

Stuart’s specific areas of interest during his PhD. are:

-Water distribution systems (WDS)
-Foul sewer networks (FSN)
-Dual analysis of WDS and FSN
-Network reliability and reliability indicators
-Future demand sensitivity analysis
-Application of future scenarios to water systems analysis
-Water saving measures
-Multi-objective optimisation (cost vs. benefit(s))

Previous Academic and Commercial Work

MEng (Hons) Masters in Mechanical Engineering: ​The University of Exeter​​ (Oct 2005 – July 2009)

Stuart’s Masters-level degree (MEng) at the University of Exeter provided him with valuable skills in research, teamwork and personal discipline. During this stage of his career, his academic excellence was recognised through the following awards:

– IMechE Best Project Prize
– The Dean El-Mariesh Memorial Prize
– IMechE Frederick Barnes Waldron Award for Best Student in Mechanical Engineering
– Bertie Black Award for Achievement in Engineering
– Deans Commendation for Outstanding Performance

Mechanical Services Engineer – Faber Maunsell (AECOM), St. Albans, Hertfordshire, (Aug 2005 – 2007)

Further to his academic achievements, Stuart also spent the duration of his degree working for the Building Engineering Firm AECOM. As part of the building services team, this gave him valuable insight into collaborative team projects spanning multiple disciplines and companies. Stuart worked on projects such as the T5 Hotel, Liverpool Arena, the refurbishment of the University of Hertfordshire and the refurbishment of St. Pancras Chambers.

Other Projects
During his PhD, Stuart has taken part in several academic projects. These include the open exeter and ReVISIONS projects.

The Open Exeter Project aims to produce a Research Data Management Policy and best practice guide, along with providing a platform for archiving finished research data. Stuart is acting as a PhD. case study for the “Follow the Data” strand of the project.

For the ReVISIONS project, Stuart was contracted to develop a complex computational macro that managed the integration of multiple spreadsheets including land use data on 3,500 locations, 20 water companies and individual household water use. The combination of this data was processed within the macro to calculate associated water savings, carbon emissions and costs when implementing a number of water saving measures and urban scenarios.

Technical Expertise
Computational hydraulic modelling (SWMM/EPANET)
Programming (C, Excel VBA)
Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project
Multi-objective optimisation (NSGAII/GANetXL)
Design Software (SketchUp, SolidWorks, MicroStation and AutoCAD)

Hobbies and Interests
Inspired by the similarities with pressurised water systems, Stuart has become interested in designing and building electronic circuits. Furthermore, he also enjoys inventing, designing and building gadgets for his home, and has an ambition to one day develop and commercialise some of his inventions.

As an Associate member of the AHEA, Stuart strongly believes in the importance of Higher Education and has a commitment to sharing his passion for learning at the highest level with other like minded individuals. During his own PhD studies, Stuart has actively developed his teaching skills through the delivery of modules to undergraduate students and has been awarded the Learning and Teaching in Higher Education qualification for his role within the Engineering Department at The University of Exeter. His particular interests lie in exploring how the role of educational theory can inform practise to help produce students capable of critical thinking and an awareness of the world around them. The following lists Stuart’s current teaching roles within the University of Exeter:

Delivery of Lectures
This has provided the opportunity to develop a range of teaching styles and to cultivate an environment where students feel confident and willing to share their ideas and explore new material. Stuart is committed to using new technologies to enhance learning and makes use of ICT to present lectures, using electronic voting devices to assess prior attainment and consolidate new learning.

Delivery of Tutorials and Lab Experiments
Stuart has played an active part in the delivery of the thermodynamic practicals working 1:1 with students to enhance their knowledge in this field. A commitment to student voice provided the opportunity for Stuart to work with students to evaluate their learning and improve his teaching practise for future cohorts. The importance of formative assessment and the need to provide students with accurate and timely feedback so that all students can succeed and know how to improve their studies is central to Stuart’s philosophy on teaching.

Masters Supervision
More recently Stuart has also had the opportunity to design postgraduate Masters Level research projects and to supervise their completion. This has enabled him to work 1:1 with individuals focussing his academic support to assist students to strive for new qualifications while increasing the pedagogy of their subject.

Exam and Assessment Marking
Marking undergraduate coursework and examination scripts has enabled Stuart to analyse students’ strengths and weakness and in turn hone his quality of teaching and to ensure that students are confident that they have met all learning outcomes. As such Stuart believes that target setting can help students to focus their learning and ensure that they are able to direct their studies. At times it has been necessary for Stuart to devise and construct the assessment criteria.

  1. Adriano says:

    Great tutorial! I have almost 800 pdfs, imagine renaming each one! Thanks

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