Dave Knapton


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Principal Lecturer

I am Principal Lecturer and the Engineering Academic Team Leader within the Faculty of Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing. After graduating from the University of Sunderland myself, with a BSc (Hons) Product Design with Management, I gained valuable experience as a Design Engineer within the tier 1 automotive supply chain, working directly for a variety of OEMs designing large scale injection moulded products and associated assemblies.

Further industrial experience includes supporting a diverse range of sectors as a consultant of digital tools for manufacturing organisations.

My specific expertise and interests lie in design, reverse engineering, 3D scanning and manufacturing processes. Since joining the academic team at the University of Sunderland, I have taught modules in the above areas as well as taking an active role in the academic leadership across the Engineering Faculty.

Teaching and supervision

I have been in involved in the development, planning and teaching of a broad range of engineering modules and programmes at the University including:

  • Mechanical Design and Material Selection
  • Automotive Design and Material Selection
  • Design, Drawing and Practical Skills
  • Value Analysis / Value Engineering
  • Operations Management
  • Computer Aided Engineering
  • Design for Manufacturing
  • Project Supervision


Until recently I was also the Programme Leader for BEng (Hons) Automotive Engineering.

I am Module Leader for level 6 design modules on both the Mechanical and Automotive engineering programmes.

Research

My current research interests lie in the area of Engineering Pedagogy. Recognising that the educational experience of young people is changing, I am exploring ways in which the Higher Education sector can ensure that provision remains both accessible and relevant for the needs of contemporary engineering students together with meeting industrial needs and expectations to ensure effective employability.

Publications

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Article

Elkady, M, Elmarakbi, Ahmed, Knapton, David, Saleh, M, Abdelhameed, M and Bawady, A Theoretical and Experimental Analysis of Electromagnetic Variable Valve Timing Control Systems for Improvement of Spark Ignition Engine Performance. Advances in Automobile Engineering, 2 (3). pp. 1-8. ISSN 2167-7670 (In Press)

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Areas of expertise

I take an active role in overseeing the ongoing accreditation process of the BEng suite of programmes with the Institution of Engineering and Technology, (IET).

Recently, I also successfully secured funding from HEFCE to allow the development of an Engineering Masters Conversion Programme at the University.

Further information

I am a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (MIET) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

 

Last updated 03 September 2018