The Hereford-based New Model Institute for Technology and Engineering (NMITE) has announced that two new academic staff members; Associate Professor Sarah Peers and Associate Professor Peter Broks, will be joining the academic team from May 2021 in advance of the institution’s first cohort intake in September 2021.
From 2018 to 2020, Associate Professor Sarah Peers, Head of NMITE’s Academic Skills Centre was Deputy President of INWES, the International Network of Women Engineers and Scientists. Her background is mathematics and education, with a mechanical engineering PhD in the application of artificial intelligence for maintenance of mechanical engineering structures. She is currently an Advisor and a Fellow of the Institute of Innovation & Knowledge Exchange in the United Kingdom, and Director at the UK STEM Foundation where she supports technical vocational education. Sarah has championed gender equality in STEM since 1992 and strongly believes in the power of global collaboration and education to improve the lives of everyone.
Associate Professor Peter Broks has over 30 years’ experience working at the interface of the Humanities with applied science, creating and teaching courses designed to engage the public with science and technology. He has lived in Herefordshire for 25 years and moved to Germany to be part of the management team for a major international project embedding responsible innovation into universities around the world. Peter’s experience in creating courses is of huge appeal to the NMITE team.
NMITE’s Chief Academic Officer, Professor Beverley Gibbs, said: “I am delighted to welcome two new colleagues to NMITE’s expanding academic team. Sarah and Peter share NMITE’s vision for a high-quality educational environment that provides a space for individual transformation and truly 21st century engineering. Their experiences echo our aims of more diversity in engineering, and engineers who understand and are equipped to positively impact society and the economy.”