Gareth joined the Open University in 2019. Previously he joined BCU as Head of School of Engineering and the Built Environment in October 2016 from Oxford Brookes where he was the Head of Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences. He joined Brookes in 2011 from Hull where he had formed the Materials and Process Performance Group. Previously he led the internationally recognised Bath Nuclear Materials Group. To date, he has provided independent research and advice to the nuclear and other heavy industries including the regulator and also the IAEA in Vienna and has a substantial research income to date. Prior to his academic career, during 1992-1996, Gareth worked for AEA Technology at their Windscale plant where, amongst other things, he managed the integration of various engineering systems. A significant proportion of Gareth's research is interdisciplinary in nature. His interest ranges from integrated management systems to fracture mechanics and fundamental structure-property relationships of engineering materials. Amongst a general interest in carbon materials, currently, the main thrust is the effectiveness of UK gas-cooled nuclear reactor core designs, particularly materials performance and the functionality of core components to support life extension using various modelling and analytical techniques. Other research interests include nuclear energy and graphite technology in general, post-irradiation evaluation of nuclear materials (inc. fuels), carbon deposition, mechanical properties of porous materials, redundancy in design, BPEO and HAZOP studies. He also has interests in systems theory & waste materials treatment related to design theory and the effect of risk assessment methodology has on environmental and societal decision-making. He is passionate about employer facing education and has extensive experience of programme development and supporting apprenticeship development including various grants from HEFCE.
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