Iestyn Jowers is a Lecturer in Technology and Innovation Management.
In previous roles he has worked as
- Research Fellow, at the Design Group, The Open University
- Research Fellow, at the Institute of Product Development, TU Munich
- Research Fellow, at the Institute of Engineering Systems & Design, University of Leeds
- Research Associate, at the Engineering Design Centre, University of Cambridge
He has a PhD in Computational Design from the Open University, an MSc in Applied Mathematics and Fluid Mechanics, and a BSc in Mathematics, both from the University of Manchester.
He also has a PGCE in Secondary Mathematics from Oxford Brookes University.
Iestyn's research is concerned with digital and physical representations used in design processes. His interests include:
- the role of making in supporting design, and in supporting learning through design
- additive manufacturing
- shape computation and shape grammars
- generative design
- engineering design processes
Reimagining Education for the Future of Redistributed Manufacturing (RE:FORM), funded by the Royal College of Arts’ Future Makespaces in Redistributed Manufacturing project
Cognitive Machine Shop project, funded by the Cognition for Technical Systems Cluster of Excellence (CoTeSys)
Designing with Vision, funded by the Leverhulme Trust
Visual Exploration of Cultural Style in Design (VECSiD), funded by KAIST
Design Synthesis and Shape Generation (DSSG), funded by AHRC/EPSRC Designing for 21st Century Initiative
Knowledge and Information Management Grand Challenge, funded by the EPSRC/ESRC
PhD Research, 'Computation with Curved Shapes', funded by an EPSRC doctoral training grant
OU Module Presentation:
Iestyn is currently chair of
T848 'Managing Technological Innovation'
and is on the presentation team for
T276 ‘Engineering: professions, practice and skills 2’
Previously, he was on the presentation team for T317 'Innovation: designing for change'
He is also a tutor on the T176 and T276 engineering residential schools
OU Module Production:
Iestyn is currently on the production team for
T194 'Engineering: techniques, maths, application'
Previously, he was on the production teams for
- T317 ‘Innovation: designing for change’ (first presentation Oct 2014)
- T276 ‘Engineering: professions, practice and skills 2’ (first presentation Feb 2015)
He is the author of the OpenLearn unit 'Innovation through representation'
Iestyn has worked as an Associate Lecture on the modules
- T173 ‘Engineering the Future’
- MS325 ‘Computer algebra, chaos and simulations’
- MST322 ‘Mathematical methods and fluid mechanics’
At TU Munich, Iestyn was a member of the course team for ‘Computer-Aided Modeling of Products and Processes’ (2011-2012)
At University of Leeds, Iestyn led the ‘Research through Design’ project of PDES5180 'Design Research' (2008-2011)
At UCL, Iestyn was a guest lecturer on the MSc in Adaptive Architecture & Computation (2006-2010)
|Role||Start date||End date||Funding source|
|Co-investigator||01/Jun/2015||30/Nov/2015||EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council)|
RE:FORM (‘Reimagining Education for the Future of Redistributed Manufacturing’) has been awarded £25K by the Royal College of Art to carry out a feasibility study as part of the larger RCA EPSRC funded project on ‘Future Makespaces in Distributed Manufacturing’ (http://futuremakespaces.rca.ac.uk/ ). The project is a collaboration between the Open University and MAKLab, a makerspace in Glasgow. The project aims to (1) Understand the key challenges faced by makespaces in providing effective and relevant education and training for redistributed manufacturing in the UK (2) to explore the potential of university- makespace collaborations to fulfil the education and training requirements for effective distributed manufacturing in the UK; and (3) Investigate the role of accreditation in supporting career trajectories in redistributed manufacturing. This will be achieved through (a) a series of workshops bringing together participants from education, makerspaces, and industry; (b) a ‘summer school’ pairing Open University design students with vocational learners at MAKlab to collaboratively design and fabricate furniture prototypes, communicating via the internet, and (c) a number of interviews with industry representatives.
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