Bristol University, Dept of Engineering Mathematics
Mathematical Modelling, Simulation, Optimization, Engineering Physics
Dr.M.J.McCann Visiting Fellow
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My relationship with the University of Bristol in England is based on assisting in the Department of Engineering Mathematics (Faculty/School of Engineering) as a Visiting Fellow. Living mostly in the USA, the normal arrangement we have come to is for me to be on campus in Bristol for periods of a week or two or three, spread over the academic year.

Much of the teaching at Bristol in the Engineering Mathematics Department is based on team project work, either university specified tasks or in the students' later years, industrially specified and observed projects.
Thus, as with my consulting activities, a main theme is to help students (as clients) develop skills in creating and using mathematical models and simulations in their work.
The purpose is to enable them to create their quantitative analyses from an understanding of the underlying physical and operational processes, rather than taking formulae from textbooks or using powerful software tools without understanding of their limititations or knowing what might be reasonable results.

As a result of many years experience in several very different industries, with issues ranging from basic science, through operations to finance and economics, I can usually call on some relevant experience to help them while I have the fun of getting involved with new puzzles and concepts and problems. However, whereas for commercial clients I'd do calculations and develop the details of the analyses, with the students I stop at pointing out how to do the job (and they don't get billed).

Helping with mathematical modelling courses, the range is from first year undergraduate, through second year and on to the fourth and fifth years of the rather special Engineering Design programme, which leads to a Masters Degree.
I also have contributed annually a session on Optimization Methods for incoming Engineering Doctorate students who are following the industrially sponsored research engineers programme.

Mostly for communication with the students, I have an email address through the university.

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Invitation. McCann can help if you have a design or operational problem that needs some technical support that is outside your team's experience, some quantitative assessment of what is really the cause of the difficulties, some design alternatives or just a fresh look by an intelligent interrogator.
If you have a problem with the behaviour of a market sector, plant, process or item of equipment and would like to get a quantitative handle on it to improve yield or optimise performance, then contact me. I'm always ready to give a little time to discuss a new puzzle, in confidence, of course. We'll only worry about fees when there is some defined work. I can be flexible about how I work with you.
Dr M.J.McCann,
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Chadds Ford PA
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