School of Engineering

Staff Profile

Paul Watson

Electrical & Electronic Team Leader

Background

Background

A professional chartered Control & Instrumentation engineer (IET) with 20 years experience in electronics and software design, working with local SMEs (Small to Medium Enterprises) and academic organisations in the development of commercial products. I have previously been technical lead in research projects involving: ECAD (Electronic Computer Aided Design) tools, 3D computer graphics, Internet technologies, sustainable engineering product design and wildlife monitoring. In recent years I have worked for the SWAN sustainable energy group and the SAgE faculty quantifying research impact on the Research Excellence framework.

Roles and Responsibilities 

I manage the daily operation of the electronics labs and provide the technical assistance to questions arising from academic staff and students, equipment loans, re-stocking and purchasing necessary components and equipment to support research and UG/PG teaching projects. I provide specialist expertise on control and instrumentation problems and embedded software projects involving the Arduino microcontroller. I provide technical guidance to the lab technician on complex engineering problems and maintain the laboratory to reflect advances in relevant equipment and products and applications for potential projects. I also manage and support the running of the electronics lab and technicians in the Bedson Building (School of Natural Sciences).

A major part of my role is also supporting Stage 3, Stage 4 and MSc student practical projects involving autonomous car design, medical test rigs, wind turbine testing etc. Other department duties include test rig construction and support on the Formula Student car project involving electronics/software/control systems.

I support the Design For Industry (DFI) practical student projects as well as Stage 2 industrial visits to local engineering companies.

Qualifications

  1. BEng (Hons) Electronic Systems and Control Engineering 

  2. MSc Control Systems

  3. CEng & MIET (Institute of Engineering Technology)

  4. UKPSF FHEA (Engineering) - Fellow (Descriptor 2) level of the Higher Education Academy. 

Previous Positions 

Research Associate (Research Impact) - SAgE Faculty
Project Technical/Coordinator - StEP Group (Newcastle University)
Senior Design Engineer - RCID (Resource Centre for Innovation in Engineering Design - Newcastle University)
Test Engineer - TRW
Control Engineer - Ferodo

 

Research

Research:

I have previously managed or been the technical lead a number of research projects involving sustainable engineering, product design, 3D computer graphics and wildlife monitoring.

2017 EPSRC IAA funding July 2017-18 for wildlife monitoring project

2015-16: Co-Investigator on 2 SAgE research strategic development funds for impact generation involving 'Portable Micro-Energy Harvesting Product for Renewable Energy' and 'Intelligent Low-Cost Wildlife Monitoring'

2012-2013: Managed the International research funded project 'Global Secure' between Newcastle University and a number of leading Chinese Universities. The aim was to improve and develop new sustainable and clean energy technologies (EPSRC).

2012-2013:Control systems development and technical support on the Transforming Energy Demand through Digital Innovation (TEDDI) (EPSRC). 

2011: Developed the Siemens PLC based SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) system to control a tri-generation diesel engine for the SWAN group (ERDF). 

2005-2010: Technical lead on the Web based 3D computer graphics for virtual product prototyping (HEIF-Higher Education Innovation Fund).

1996-2000: ECAD Framework: Showcasing ECAD tools to implement right-first-time simulated electronic designs.  


Teaching

Teaching 

Awarded Fellow (Descriptor 2) level of the Higher Education Academy UKPSF in February 2017. 

In 2017/18 I will be delivering lab tutorials on the Arduino microcontroller for Stage 2 students Professional Skills Framework module, MSc practical projects and Stage 3/4 practical projects.