I have a BEng (Hons) and PhD from Sheffield Hallam University. Upon completing my PhD in modelling and simulation, I joined Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) to develop simulation models for BAE SYSTEMS. Numerous successful projects followed, including the assessment of long bed machining capability, determining the capacity of a runway and the associated taxi/wait times and the transfer of a Boeing aviation manufacturing facility from Salmesbury to Prestwick. In addition a 3D animation of the Joint Strike Fighter (F35) assembly was developed to assist in the visualisation of the proposed production process. On returning to Sheffield Hallam University, various consultancy projects have been successfully completed for Siemens Industrial Power Generation, CHEP (a BRAMBLES COMPANY), JRI (Joint Replacements Instrumentation) Ltd and Firth Rixson. To ensure continued industrially relevant experience David sought and was awarded a Royal Academy of Engineering secondment to gain an increased understanding of how Lean is implemented within the National Health Service (NHS). As a result of this opportunity numerous successful projects have been completed both by myself and my students. In 2014 I was awarded University Inspirational Research supervisor of the year.
To ensure that Sheffield Hallam becomes a world leading applied university, engagement and partnership with external stakeholders is vitally important. In my current role as B&E Portfolio Lead (E&M) I have developed a range of collaborative interventions, for example: consultancy, KTP and SIP projects; leading student projects in conjunction with local companies; facilitating student research projects and placement opportunities.
I enjoy developing and delivering an applied curriculum, through external and professional engagement to effectively identify and deliver work packages for the betterment of our students, the University, and local employers through regularly visiting local industry.
I have a sustained record of generating and leading external engagement activities, including:
• Liaising with employers - visiting businesses premises to identify employers’ current, medium and future needs, in addition to organising and running the bi-annual Industrial Advisory Boards, arranging employability fairs, and promoting the University's employability agenda.
• Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) - I have a successful track record of being Academic Lead for two Knowledge Transfer Partnership programmes: one with PMS Diecasting (now a Gripple subsidiary) and Evenort. The case studies developed while completing the KTP projects have successfully been used as the basis of assignments on the modules which I lead.
• Sheffield Innovation Programme (SIP) - Through engaging with SIP I have recently developed a case study in conjunction with a local SME and I am currently assessing 380 L7 students’ approaches to implementing Lean within their factory, to enhance productivity while reducing throughput time, thereby securing the long-term profitability of the business.
• Work-based projects - I have secured collaborative projects with McLaren, Jepson and Co, Embrace (NHS), Build-Lite (UK) Ltd. and other local SMEs, as part of the Level 5 Professional Practice module.
• Sheffield Hallam's Formula Student - As the Academic Advisor for Sheffield Hallam's Formula Student Team, I have led the development of the car for the past five seasons, 2017- present. With the team climbing up the leader board from c.80th place in summer 2017, to 13th in 2021 and reaching the design finals (top-five) and sponsors. For the first time, this year, I have engaged with the Business School to deliver live projects to their students, thereby enhancing the profile of the Department across the University.
Specialist areas of interest:
- Discrete-event simulation;
- Lean and 6 sigma techniques.