I currently work as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering after working at Monash University, Australia (2013-2015) and The University of Manchester (2005-2013) in Engineering Education roles.
My background is in Chemical Engineering (BSc, MSc and PhD) with expertise in Froth Flotation in Minerals Processing gained during my PhD and postdoctoral work with Prof Jan Cilliers. From 2005, when I was awarded a Post-graduate Certificate in Education PGCE -(Secondary Maths) at Manchester, I started my academic career in engineering education where I have been involved in a variety of topics and projects with particular focus on professional skill development.
I have experience in designing courses and delivering teaching to small groups and large classess (250+) at different levels in Chemical Engineering Programmes.
I have taught:
- Chemical Engineering Design: including Material and Energy balances, Process Design and Synthesis, Equipment Design
- Capstone Design Project
- Solid-Fluid Systems
- Engineer in Society: environmental impact, safety, economics and ethics
- Laboratory Projects
My current teaching concentrates in Chemical Process Design.
My main research interests are in the area of Engineering Education. The real challenge that society faces is the supply of ‘job-ready’ engineering graduates with the professional skills to face the ever-changing demands of future workplaces and my research is contributing to understand how that can happen.
The work of my research group focuses on investigating the development of professional skills in engineering and the implications for instructional design in both face-to-face and on-line learning environments. More specifically the research considers problem solving, critical thinking and teamwork as key skills and addresses questions about their development through the use of student-centred and authentic pedagogies based on problems, projects, scenarios or general processes of enquiry. The group works in collaboration with other engineering departments, sciences and psychology.
Some of the current research project topics are:
- Problem solving in relation to:
- the use of technology on the development of metacognition
- the connection between previous and current situations
- Critical Thinking and the role of reflection and authentic contexts
- Teamwork and the interactions that promote successful teamwork
- Life beyond graduation - the challenges of professional development and the transition from university to the workplace.
- Social Media in Engineering Education - from communication to collaboration to learning; investigating the impact of social media in learning.
For information on funding opportunities please check PGR Funding @Strathclyde.
- Using discursive psychology to investigate knowledge and task complexity formulations in student-led problem-based learning tutorials. Oral presentation at ICCA 2018: 5th International Conference of Conversation Analysis, Loughborough University, UK.
- Workshop on Agricultural Biomass Waste -Utilisation Routes
- Doing disagreement without being disagreeable: How students deal with conversational norms in group work. Oral presentation at EuroPLAT 2017 Conference, University of Salzburg, Austria.
- Collaboration vs. cooperation in student-centred learning, Chemeca 2017, Australia
- Conversation/Interaction Analysis - Workshop at University College of Southeast Norway
- Engineering Department, Lancaster University (External organisation)
more professional activities
- Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP 2016-2017 University of Strathclyde) | McQuade, Robert Michael
- Ventura-Medina, Esther (Principal Investigator) Anderson, Tony (Co-investigator) McQuade, Robert Michael (Research Co-investigator)
- 01-Jan-2016 - 01-Jan-2020
- Crossing Boundaries – Multidisciplinary Education using Scenario-Based Learning in Engineering
- Ventura-Medina, Esther (Principal Investigator) João, Elsa (Research Co-investigator) Mio, Cristina (Research Co-investigator)
- £4520 received from the Faculty of Engineering Educational Development Fund
- 01-Jan-2015 - 31-Jan-2016
- Binary and temporary adsorption isotherms from gas density measurements | MCDONALD, Alexis
- Ventura-Medina, Esther (Principal Investigator) Jorge, Miguel (Co-investigator) MCDONALD, Alexis (Research Co-investigator)
- 01-Jan-2005 - 21-Jan-2018
Chemical and Process Engineering
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