Senior Lecturer (T&S), GTA Co-ordinator
Areas of Expertise: Internet Protocols, Wireless Systems, Analogue and Digital Design, Laboratory Teaching, Pedagogy in Higher Education
Dave Pearce graduated from Cambridge University in 1985 and started his career working in fibre-optic communications at Plessey Research Roke Manor in 1985, then in 1990 joined Madge Networks where he was responsible for the design of 802.5 token ring network hubs, switches and bridges, as well as for the physical layer implementation on a network interface card that sold over one million units. During this time he played a leading role on the IEEE 802.5 standardisation committee. From 1996 to 1998 he researched into fixed wireless access systems at the University of York. He was appointed a lecturer in 1998 and became a teaching fellow in 2011, specialising in laboratory teaching and practical skills.
He has an active interest in engineering education research, in particular the use of new technologies in teaching. He is a member of the Special Interest Group on education research in the HEFCE Engineering Subject Centre.
He is the author of over 40 conference and journal papers in the field of communications engineering and education, and is a named inventor on twelve patents.
I am now on a Teaching and Scholarship (T&S) contract, with very little time available for research activities. I am engaged in some pedagogic research and developments, as well as scholarship activities. Details of these are available on my personal web-site.
I used to be an active researcher in Communications Technology: for publications related to that field, please see the York Research Database. Please note that despite what it says in the University's research database, I am not a former employee; I am still here.
Dave Pearce is responsible for the teaching in the first and second-year undergraduate laboratory sessions in the Department of Electronics at the University of York, as well as for the first-year module in Analogue Electronics. He also has an interest in novel user interfaces for music applications and runs final year projects in this area. His other teaching interests include circuit theory, analogue and digital design techniques including VHDL, mathematics, programming and the development of transferable skills through project work. He led the development of the department's MSc in Communications Engineering, and is an occasional guest lecturer on short-courses in all aspect of communications.
I am currently working on papers in the areas of engineering pedagogy; in particular in the field of software teaching aids and best-practice in teaching laboratories. Details of these activities and other musings can be found on my personal web-site.
I am no longer actively engaged in communications research.