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Personal Statement

My core interest is multidisciplinary design engineering education. Qualified with an MEng in Product Design Engineering from the University of Strathclyde (2001), I facilitate modules in Electrical Concepts (module registrar) for 1st year Product Design students, Fluid Mechanics for 2nd year Sports Engineers, Design Engineering for 3rd year Product Design and Design Management topics for both 2nd year undergraduate and postgraduate students. I also provide tutor support across a number of studio based design classes, including Design Emotion and Experience. I supervise undergraduate and postgraduate student design and research projects as well as group industrial projects. I am currently the 1st year undergraduate advisor of studies, and the local coordinator for the Joint MSc in Global Innovation Management (GIM); a collaborative 2 year master’s programme in conjunction with Hamburg University of Technology and Aalborg University.  2008 – 2012 Editions of the GIM programme were supported under the European Commission’s flagship Erasmus Mundus scholarship programme.

I have participated in a number of funded (Sporting Chance Initiative and Medtech) product design projects with Industry; a tennis court pace measurement apparatus (Sportslabs), abdominal toning product (Kennedy Koncepts) and a transport, storage and cleansing system for Transoesophageal (TOE) Probes (Health Science Solutions).

I have published research activity in design creativity, design education and innovation management education.

I am currently undertaking part-time study on the Doctor of Education programme at the University of Strathclyde investigating a topic focussed on programme design for enhanced learning within design led engineering education.

Research Interests

Creative Design Methods; Culture and design; the role of Open-source in design practice; Product acoustics; and; Innovation, Design and Engineering Education.

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Projects 2013 2021

Research Output 2009 2018

A new approach for patent use in student design engineering projects

Maclachlan, R., Wodehouse, A. & Vasantha, G., 6 Sep 2018, Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, E&PDE 2018. Glasgow, p. 288-293 6 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution book

Open Access
Technical presentations

Applied humour in creative product design

Hatcher, G., Ion, W., MacLachlan, R., Wodehouse, A., Simpson, B. & Marlow, M., 29 Aug 2018, Creativity and Humour. Luria, S. R., Baer, J. & Kaufman, J. C. (eds.). London, p. 157-182 6 p. (Explorations in Creativity Research).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Product design


New engineering design processes through humour

Hatcher, G. (Creator), University of Strathclyde, 31 Oct 2016