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Michael Douglas

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Senior Lecturer

I am a Senior Lecturer in Engineering and have been teaching for 12 years in both the FE and HE sector. My background is in maintenance and production engineering, having originally completed a maintenance technician apprenticeship. I have worked in several different manufacturing industry sectors. I am a graduate (MSc Manufacturing Engineering 2018) of the University of Sunderland and in the process of applying to study a PhD here.

Teaching and supervision

I teach on the following courses:

I currently deliver the following modules:
  • EAT240 Automation for Manufacturing
  • EDA202 Industrial Automation
  • EAT100 Design and Practical Skills
  • EDA207 Personal and Professional Skills 1
  • EDA208 Group Project
  • EDA308 Personal and Professional Skills 2
    EDA309 Individual Project

    I also supervise undergraduate and postgraduate student projects in a range of different subject areas.

Research interests for potential research students

Having come from a maintenance/production engineering background, I have a keen interest in industrial automation, continuous improvement and organisation culture relating to maintenance departments and workforce.


My research interests include:
  • Industrial automation
  • New technologies including IoT, IIoT and Industry 4.0
  • Industrial automation
  • Robotics
  • Manufacturing maintenance 
  • Manufacturing - organisation culture and change management
  • Engineering education and pedagogy
  • Continuous improvement tools and techniques
  • Production data analysis 

Last updated 30 September 2019