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James Trevelyan

Professor James Trevelyan

Professor
Mechanical and Chemical Engineering, School of

Contact details
Address
School of Mechanical and Chemical Engineering
The University of Western Australia (M050)
35 Stirling Highway
CRAWLEY WA 6009
Australia
Phone
+61 8 6488 3057
Fax
+61 8 6488 1024
Email
james.trevelyan@uwa.edu.au
Personal homepage
http://www.mech.uwa.edu.au/jpt/
Qualifications
BE MEngSc W.Aust., FIEAust, CPEng, MASME
Biography
James Trevelyan practices as a mechatronics and mechanical engineer developing new air conditioning technology, and is a fellow of Engineers Australia. He is well known internationally for pioneering research on sheep shearing robots (1975-1993), remote access laboratories and robots (1994-2002), landmine clearance methods (1996-2004) and engineering practice (2002-2015).
He was presented with the 1993 Engelberger Science and Technology Award in Tokyo, the world’s pre-eminent award for robotics research, and has twice been presented with the Japan Industrial Robot Association award for best papers at robotics conferences.
His teaching has also been well recognised with a national and several UWA distinguished teaching awards, and also awards for papers at international conferences on engineering education.
His most recent work is research on engineering practice that aims to understand how engineering work is actually performed, an aspect of engineering that has not been researched before. This research helps to explain why services in low-income countries such as safe drinking water usually cost much more than in industrialised countries, helping to explain continuing poverty in many countries. His new book, The Making of an Expert Engineer, provides solutions that could help eliminate most of the poverty we see today.
Key research
Engineering practice, learning and engineering education. Also, part-time, on landmines, robotics and unexploded ordnance.
Publications
Trevelyan, J. P. (2015, May-June). How engineers collaborate. Public Works Professional, 2.
Trevelyan, J. P. (2015, 14-17 June). Incremental Self-Assessment Rubrics for Capstone Design Courses. Paper presented at the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, Seattle, WA, USA.
Trevelyan, J. P. (2014). The Making of an Expert Engineer. London: CRC Press/Balkema - Taylor & Francis.
Trevelyan, J. P. (2013, July 17). Engineering is our Weakness. Australian Financial Review.
Trevelyan, J. P. (2013, July 17, 2013). James Trevelyan on Power Options for Pakistan. Wonders of Pakistan. Retrieved July 17, 2013, from http://wondersofpakistan.com/2013/07/17/exclusive-prof-james-trevelyan-on-power-options-for-pakistan/
Trevelyan, J. P. (2013). Observations of South Asian Engineering Practice. In B. Williams, J. D. Figueiredo, & J. P. Trevelyan (Eds.), Engineering Practice in a Global Context: Understanding the Technical and the Social (pp. 223-244). Leiden, Netherlands: CRC/ Balkema.
Trevelyan, J. P. (2013, May 31). Pakistan has a bright energy future. The News. Retrieved from http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-9-181003-Pakistan-has-a-bright-energy-future
Trevelyan, J. P. (2013). Philosophy of Engineering & Sustainability. Paper presented at the Symposium on Sustainability in Engineering Education, University of Technology, Sydney.
Trevelyan, J. P. (2013). Towards a Theoretical Framework for Engineering Practice. In B. Williams, J. D. Figueiredo, & J. P. Trevelyan (Eds.), Engineering Practice in a Global Context: Understanding the Technical and the Social (pp. 33-60). Leiden, Netherlands: CRC/ Balkema.
Tan, E., & Trevelyan, J. P. (2013). Understanding of clients’ perspective of engineers’ service quality can inform engineering education and practice. Paper presented at the Australasian Association for Engineering Education Conference, Gold Coast.
Trevelyan, J. P. (Writer) & L. Le (Director). (2012). Ending Poverty –What Engineers Can Do, TEDx Perth 2012. Australia.
Trevelyan, J. P. (2012, December 13). The Engineering Commons Podcast: Value. from http://theengineeringcommons.com/tag/value/
Trevelyan, J. P. (2012, June 20). The enigma of Indian engineering. The Hindu. Retrieved from http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/lead/article3547601.ece?homepage
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Trevelyan, J. P. (2012). Submission to Australia in the Asian Century Enquiry (School of Mechanical and Chemical Engineering, Trans.) (pp. 25). Perth: The University of Western Australia.
Trevelyan, J. P. (2012). Submission to Senate Enquiry on the Shortage of Engineering and Related Employment Skills. Canberra: Australian Parliament.
Trevelyan, J. P. (2012). Understandings of Value in Engineering Practice. Paper presented at the Frontiers in Education 2012, Seattle.
Trevelyan, J. P. (2012, December 3-5). Why Do Attempts at Engineering Education Reform Consistently Fall Short? Paper presented at the Australasian Association for Engineering Education Annual Conference, Melbourne.
Trevelyan, J. P., & Razali, Z. B. (2011). What do students gain from laboratory experiences? . In A. K. M. Azad, M. E. Auer, & V. J. Harward (Eds.), Internet Accessible Remote Laboratories: Scalable E-Learning Tools for Engineering and Science Disciplines (pp. 416-431): IGI Global
Trevelyan, J. P. (2011). Are we accidentally misleading students about engineering practice? Paper presented at the 2011 Research in Engineering Education Symposium (REES 2011), Madrid.
Trevelyan, J. P. (2011, October 4-7). Balancing the Budget: Aspects of Economics in Engineering Education. Paper presented at the 2011 Research in Engineering Education Symposium (REES 2011), Madrid.
Trevelyan, J. P. (2011, September). Landmines, water and sewerage: humanitarian engineering in south Asia. Water Engineering Australia, 5, 19-20.
Trevelyan, J. P. (2011, April 12). Not Boxing Smart Enough. West Australian.
Trevelyan, J. P. (2011). Observations of South Asian Engineering Practice. Paper presented at the Engineering Round Table Meeting, Madrid.
Trevelyan, J. P. (2011, December 30). Pakistan’s unsustainable energy policy, Op-Ed. Pakistan Today. Retrieved from http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2011/12/more-on-rationing/

Roles, responsibilities and expertise
Teaching focus on design, project management and sustainability
Future research
http://www.mech.uwa.edu.au/jpt/pes.html/ - Engineering practice and engineering education
Funding received
Approximately $0.75 million for work on engineering practice since 2003 (through grants, scholarships for graduate students, and company donations.)
Industrial relevance
Australia is experiencing a long-term skills shortage in engineering, yet we have little idea of what is actually meant by engineering skill. In 2006, there were around 65,000 engineering graduates working in Australia in unrelated occupations. James’ research explains how engineering companies could significantly boost their productivity and earnings, and help restore Australia’s reputation for delivering promised engineering outcomes. Individual engineers can boost their earnings by following the results of James’ research.
Languages
English, some Urdu, French & German
Memberships
Engineers Australia (Fellow)
American Society for Mechanical Engineers (member)
American Society for Engineering Education (member)
Australian Robot & Automation Association,
Australasian Association for Engineering Education
Society for Counter-Ordnance Technology (honorary)
Honours and awards
Engelberger Award for Science and Technology Development 1993 (top international robotics award)
Japan Industrial Robot Association award for best papers at ISIR conferences (1988 inaugural, 1996)
ASME Award for Mechanical and Mechatronics Teaching 2003
UWA Distinguished Teaching Awards
Patents
AU2013100346 (Autralian Patent) Localised Air Conditioning (100%)
JP 2519289 (Japanese patent) Wrist mechanism for robotic manipulators. (1988) (With coinventors D. Elford, P. Kovesi, M. Ong. May 1996. Contribution 25%
AU 8431508 (Australian patent ) Contact sensing device. (1985) (With M. J. Crooke, coinventor) International Patent Convention WO 8500445 designated states Australia, Japan, USA, EEC.AU 8820664 (Australian patent) Animal head restraint. (1989) (With A. Whitehead, coinventor). Corresponding patents in New Zealand (ZA 8805870), South Africa, United States of America (4887553), Europe) Contribution 50%
SE 8800567 (Swedish patent) Wrist mechanism for robotic manipulators. (1988) (With coinventors D. Elford, P. Kovesi, M. Ong. Corresponding patents in Australia (AU8812154), Europe, Japan, USA (US 4862759) New Zealand (ZA 8801211), Britain (GB 2201140), Germany (DE 3805528), France (FR 2611161), South Africa). Contribution 25%
AU 8776112 (Australian patent) Leg restraint. (1987) (with coinventors D. Elford, R. Leslie). Contribution 30%.
AU 8776111 (Australian patent) Nose restraint. (1987) (with coinventors D. Elford, R. Leslie). Contribution 30%.
AU 8433725 (Australian patent) Positioning, manipulating restraining of animals during shearing. (1985). (with coinventors D. Elford, R. Leslie). Corresponding patent in New Zealand (ZA 8407660). Contribution 30%.
No. 210154 N.Z. patent for resistance sensing. (November 1984. Coinventors R. Greenhalgh, R. A. Leslie) (Corresponding Australian (52100/86, 591645, PCT/AU85/00304) and overseas patents) Contribution 30%.
AU 8815016 (Australian patent) Sensor shielding device. (1988). Corresponding patents in Britain (GB 2204132), New Zealand (8802625).
AU 9068360 (Australian patent) Hybrid follower control. 1991.
Teaching
Mechanical design (MECH5551, MECH5552)
Current external positions
CEO and Director, Close Comfort Pty Ltd. (http://www.closecomfort.com/)
Useful links
http://www.mech.uwa.edu.au/jpt/shearmagic/ - Robot Sheep Shearing Project
http://www.mech.uwa.edu.au/jpt/demining/ - Demining Research Project 1996-2001
Current projects
http://www.mech.uwa.edu.au/jpt/pes.html - Engineering Learning and Practice Research Group
Research profile
Research profile and publications
 

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