Lead EducatorI am Eann Patterson Lead Educator and responsible for the course content. I am an engineering professor at the University of Liverpool with thirty years experience of teaching engineering science. Since 2011 I have held the A.A. Griffith Chair of Structural Materials and Mechanics in the School of Engineering in Liverpool and between 2011 and 2016 I was the recipient of a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award. I started my university career at the University of Sheffield as an undergraduate eventually becoming a Professor and Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. In 2004 I moved to the USA with my wife and four children and became the Chairman of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Michigan State University.While at MSU I got involved in the ‘DEEP project’ on transforming the engineering curriculum in collaboration with a consortium of US universities lead by Johns Hopkins University and funded by the US National Science Foundation (NSF). Out of that project came the concept of ‘Real Life Examples’ for teaching engineering in a context that was familiar to all students which I hope to do on this course. I also edited a series of booklets of Real Life Examples in Fluid Mechanics, Dynamics, Solid Mechanics and Thermodynamics. These examples are now available through my blog RealizeEngineering. I frequently teach at workshops for my academic colleagues on both sides of the Atlantic on how to engage students using everyday or real life examples.This is not my first venture in front of the camera – as part of the NSF project ‘ENGAGE I made a series of videos about using everyday examples in the classroom to engage students and explain basic principles of engineering science; and an early online course on ‘Energy – Thermodynamics of Everyday Life’. This online course is heavily based on the first year undergraduate course in Mechanics of Solids. I hope you will also enjoy it and find it stimulating, interesting and useful.
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