Engineering solves challenges, from the constant miniaturisation of electronics to gravity defying super structures. Our teaching ranges from the fundamental techniques and concepts required by all professional engineers to a choice of specialisms in areas such as electronics, engineering design, energy and sustainability, environmental technologies and mathematical methods.
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John Bouchard is Professor of materials for Energy. He has spent 30 years working in the aerospace and nuclear industries and now researches structural integrity and the process of designing against failure. Engineering components often carry residual stress that can cause failure, but apparently so does a stick of rhubarb.
The Open University doesn’t just teach: it’s a global leader in research and innovation too, with OU research and development ranking in the top third of UK universities. The Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics has a long and distinguished record of conducting high quality, internationally leading research. These researchers contribute to our state of the art curriculum material ensuring our teaching is up to date, informed by scientific research.
You can get a flavour of our published research in the Design and Innovation through our Open Research Online (ORO) website
In addition to teaching on Open University modules our academics are engaged in ground breaking research that benefits individuals and society.
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