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Developing problem-based learning for electrical and power systems engineering

This project will develop problem-based learning for electrical and power systems engineering.

The Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor Arthur Ekwue will contribute to the formal development of novel module and course specifications on an annual basis in order to fully promote the wider adoption of problem-based learning.

The main objectives are as follows:

  • develop problem-based learning in power system engineering. This will be achieved via the development of case studies and role-playing exercises. This will help the students to appreciate more the relationship between theoretical concepts and applied industry best practices.
  • develop “hands-on” as well as students’ soft skills particularly in project management, business and communications. This will be achieved via the initiation of small design projects and competitions amongst the students. It will be ensured that the final year projects will also demonstrate learning for extracurricular activities to help the students perform well at interviews thus improving their employability.
  • support the practical orientation of the above courses existing in the Department.
  • develop the Department’s mentoring scheme whereby current final year students will be paired with mentors from its alumni.

Meet the Principal Investigator(s) for the project

Professor Gareth Taylor
Professor Gareth Taylor - Prof Gareth Taylor - Professor of Power Systems Director of BIPS Research Centre - Brunel Interdisciplinary Power Systems Module Leader - MSc Sustainable Electrical Power Gareth joined Brunel in May 2000 from the University of Greenwich in London. He was appointed as a National Grid Post-doctoral Scholar from 2000-2003 and joined Electronic and Computer Engineering, School of Engineering and Design as a lecturer in June 2003. He established the new MSc Sustainable Electrical Power as the Course Director in September 2006. He has been a research active member of the Brunel University Research Centre BIPS since May 2000 and was appointed as Director in 2010. He was appointed as a Professor in Power Systems in 2012 and as the Head of the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering from May 2019 to June 2023. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and is a Fellow of the IET. He is also a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. From 2016-22 he was also the elected UK Regular Member for CIGRE Study Committee D2 Information Systems and Telecommunication. In 2023 he was also appointed as a member of the Strategic Advisory Group (SAG) for the CIGRE Study Committee D2.He was also appointed as a Visiting Professor within the Control & Power Research Group, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Imperial College London from 1st October 2023 to 30th September 2026.

Related Research Group(s)

power cables

Brunel Interdisciplinary Power Systems - Power systems analysis for transmission and distribution networks, smart grids; congestion monitoring in transmission networks; simulation and analysis of new energy markets; optimisation of the design and operation of electrical networks; condition monitoring of power station and power system plant; energy-efficient designs for underground electric power cables.

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Project last modified 21/11/2023