Dr Nigel Shepstone

Staff profile

Dr Nigel Shepstone

Position

Senior Lecturer

Teaching area

Electrical Engineering - Power Engineering, Electrical Machines, Mathematics

Qualifications

Doctorate in Education (ScEdD (Curtin) - 2009

Advanced Certificate in Adult Teaching (ACAT) (MIT) - 2000

Master of Science in Engineering (MScEng) (cum laude) - 1996

Master of Business Adminstration - 1980

Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BScEng) (cum laude) - 1976

Industry experience

Military service (rank lieutenant) in South African military: Seconded to Kentron (Pty) Ltd for 21 months to assist with research into guided air-to-air missiles. (1977 - 1978)

Cullinan Electrical (Pty) Ltd: Worked in the Marketing/Technical Services Department and was involved in investigating new businesses, investigating new markets, investigating new products, developing tariff protection strategies, and providing technical support to sales staff and senior management. (1981 - 1985)

Shepstone. Krause cc, Consulting Electrical Engineers: Sole manager of this business for two and a half years. (1986 - 1988)

In 1988 Dr Shepstone joined the staff of the Natal Technikon where he lectured until 1997.  In 1997 he immigrated to New Zealand and has been working at the Manukau Institute of Technology since this date.

Membership and affiliations

Member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology

Chartered Engineer (U.K)

Research/publications

Technical

  • An Investigation into the Theoretical and Practical Methods for Handling Uncertainty in Networks, MBA dissertation, 1980.
  • An Investigation into the Feasibility of using Neural Networks to Control Turbo generators, IEEE African ‘96 Conference, Stellenbosch, 1996.
  • An Investigation into the Feasibility of using Artificial Neural Networks to Control Turbo generators, MScEng thesis, 1997
  • The Selection of Standby Generators, NETEC Conference, Manukau, New Zealand, 2001.
  • On Standby, Electrical Technology, February/March, 2002, pp 22-23
  • A simple method for determining the size of Diesel Generators that are used to supply Transient Loads, Energise – Power Journal of The South African Institute of Electrical Engineers, July, 2002, pp 30 - 32.

Educational

  • Placing the Curriculum in a Feedback Loop, Society of Electrical and Electronic Engineering Educators Conference, Cape Town, South Africa, 1991.
  • The Influence of Euro centricity on Engineering Courses and an Approach to their Transformation, IEEE African ‘96 Conference, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 1996.
  • Graphical Teaching of Engineering, 2nd UICEE Conference on Engineering Education, Auckland, New Zealand, 1999.
  • Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education, 3rd UICEE Conference on Engineering Education, Hobart, Australia, 2000.
  • Using Computer Simulations to Teach Power Systems, International Symposium: Engineering Education: Innovations in Teaching, Learning, and Assessment, London, United Kingdom, 2001.
  • Teaching Electrical Power Systems Using Computer Simulations, International Journal of Electrical Engineering Education, Vol. 40, No. 1, January 2003.
  • Member of the Editorial Board, Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education, January 2008.
  • Most recent Publications
  • Understanding: an Enigma, Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education, January 2008.
  • A Critical Examination of Electrical Engineering Curricula across Three Institutions in New Zealand, doctoral thesis, 2009.
  • Engineering Studies: An Analysis of Electrical Engineering Programs, published by Lambert Academic Publishing, 2010.
  • The Influence of Working Memory and Practice on Student Success in Engineering Mathematics, Proceedings of the Australasian Association of Engineering Education Annual Conference, 2014.

Why come to MIT?

MIT has small class sizes enabling a high level of personal assistance from lecturers.