Iestyn Jowers


Iestyn Jowers is a Lecturer in Technology and Innovation Management.

In previous roles he has worked as- Research Fellow, at the Design Group, The Open University
- Research Fellow, at the Institute of Product Development, TU Munich
- Research Fellow, at the Institute of Engineering Systems & Design, University of Leeds
- Research Associate, at the Engineering Design Centre, University of Cambridge

He has a PhD in Computational Design from the Open University, an MSc in Applied Mathematics and Fluid Mechanics, and a BSc in Mathematics, both from the University of Manchester.

He also has a PGCE in Secondary Mathematics from Oxford Brookes University.

Iestyn's research is concerned with digital and physical representations used in design processes. His interests include:

- the role of making in supporting design, and in supporting learning through design
- additive manufacturing- shape computation and shape grammars
- generative design
- engineering design processes

Research Projects:

Reimagining Education for the Future of Redistributed Manufacturing (RE:FORM), funded by the Royal College of Arts’ Future Makespaces in Redistributed Manufacturing project

Cognitive Machine Shop project, funded by the Cognition for Technical Systems Cluster of Excellence (CoTeSys)

Designing with Vision, funded by the Leverhulme Trust

Visual Exploration of Cultural Style in Design (VECSiD), funded by KAIST

Design Synthesis and Shape Generation (DSSG), funded by AHRC/EPSRC Designing for 21st Century Initiative

Knowledge and Information Management Grand Challenge, funded by the EPSRC/ESRC

PhD Research, 'Computation with Curved Shapes', funded by an EPSRC doctoral training grant

OU Module Production:
Iestyn is currently on the production team for
- T194 'Engineering: techniques, maths, application'

Previously, he was on the production teams for
- T317 ‘Innovation: designing for change’ (first presentation Oct 2014)
- T276 ‘Engineering: professions, practice and skills 2’ (first presentation Feb 2015)

He is the author of the OpenLearn unit 'Innovation through representation'

OU Module Presentation:
Iestyn is currently on the presentation teams for
- T848 'Managing Technological Innovation'
- T276 ‘Engineering: professions, practice and skills 2’

Previously, he was on the presentation team for
- T317 'Innovation: designing for change'

He is also a tutor on the T176 and T276 engineering residential schools

OU Other:
Iestyn has worked as an Associate Lecture on the modules
- T173 ‘Engineering the Future’
- MS325 ‘Computer algebra, chaos and simulations’
- MST322 ‘Mathematical methods and fluid mechanics’

Other Teaching:
At TU Munich, Iestyn was a member of the course team for ‘Computer-Aided Modeling of Products and Processes’ (2011-2012)
At University of Leeds, Iestyn led the ‘Research through Design’ project of PDES5180 'Design Research' (2008-2011)
At UCL, Iestyn was a guest lecturer on the MSc in Adaptive Architecture & Computation (2006-2010)

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