Birmingham researchers recognised for teaching excellence at engineering awards

Tim Jackson receiving award

Two University of Birmingham researchers have been recognised for teaching excellence at the Engineering Impact Awards 2017 organised by National Instruments

Steve Quigley, a digital systems researcher, and Tim Jackson, a researcher focusing on the electromagnetic properties of materials, were presented their award at a ceremony on 27 November 2017.

The award was given for a case study they wrote on the use of the National Instruments Virtual Bench as part of a first year course in Electrical Engineering.

The Virtual Bench is an all-in-one Instrument combing an oscilloscope and other common instruments into a single device that connects to a PC or iPad. Their challenge was to make the best use of limited lab time to teach 370 first-year engineering students, from varying backgrounds and degree paths, the fundamentals of electrical measurements and analysis. They used Virtual Bench to create a new set of laboratory exercises, which students found easier to learn and understand.

Tim Jackson commented: "We used Virtual Bench to accelerate the teaching of electronics to undergraduate students in a much more intuitive and engaging way, which was not possible using conventional benchtop instrumentation."

Read the winning case study on the National Instruments website:

Teaching Electronics to the Next Generation of Engineers Using VirtualBench