Following 20 years working in industry as a structural design engineer, I joined the Department of Civil Engineering in 2005 as a part time teaching fellow running design projects for undergraduate students while also working part time in industy. I became a full time teaching fellow in 2009 as part of the structures group. My industrial design experience covers a wide range of types and scale of projects. I also spent 2 1/2 years working as a site engineer on two major civil engineering projects.
I teach structural engineering and design in all five years of the undergraduate programme and have an underlying theme of 'Project design - turning theory into practice' with the aim of helping students make the transition from University to working in industry.
University of Strathclyde Teaching Excellence Awards
2012 Shortlisted - Most supportive teacher in the University
2013 Best Teacher in Faculty of Engineering
2013 Shortlisted - Most supportive teacher in the University
2016 Best Teacher in Faculty of Engineering
I am a teaching fellow and therefore do not have formal research responsibilities. However, through self study and collaboration with others I pursue my interests in the design process and conceptual design and have developed some novel methods for design teaching.
Recent publications about design are:
Briggs, A (2013) Project Design - Turning Theory into Practice: Profitability and the '12 minute principle'. The Structural Engineer, Vol 91 Issue 3, pp 22 - 23
Briggs, A (2013) Project Design - Turning Theory into Practice: The Reverse Serve. The Structural Engineer, Vol 91, Issue 3, pp 34 - 35
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