Associate Professor Bill McBride

Associate Professor Bill McBride

Assistant Dean

School of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering)

Career Summary

Biography

A/Prof McBride completed a Mechanical Engineering degree (1987-1991) and PhD (1992-2001 Part Time) at Newcastle University. A/Prof McBride was employed as a consulting engineer in the bulk materials handling field working on international projects with specific expertise in Stockpiles, Transfer chutes, Feeders and Mechanical Handling devices. A/Prof McBride was a conjoint Professor at Witwatersrand University in South Africa where Post Graduate teaching of bulk solids handling is performed.

Research Expertise
A/Prof McBride has a research background in experimental bulk solids handling. Stockpile mechanics became the focus of a PhD in this area. Significant work has been undertaken in many areas of bulk materials handling systems, such as feeders, transfer chutes and dust control. With the growth of computer simulation tools such as DEM, A/Prof McBride has worked collaboratively with CSIRO on the accurate modelling of complex systems such as transfer chutes and screw based feeders/conveyors. On average A/Prof McBride supervises some 10 engineering honours student per year and supervisors 2 FTE PhD students.

Teaching Expertise
A/Prof McBride provides the major component of Computer Aided Engineering education in the Mechanical Engineering degree at Newcastle University. A 1st year foundation combines CAE with production methods and technical sketching skills which are a foundation for the design stream within Mechanical Engineering. An elective course in the students 4th year provides a mush higher level of skills in CAE with CNC manufacturing and Computational Fluid Mechanics a substantive element of this course.. In addition to the teaching at Newcastle postgraduate Bulk Materials Handling courses are offered through WitsWatersrand University with A/Prof McBride providing these as a fly in/fly out service.

Administrative Expertise
Since appointment in 2002, A/Prof McBride has been increasingly providing greater administrative leadership within the discipline and Faculty. In part this stems from a deep belief that without high quality governance, high quality education is greatly complicated. During the period as Assistant Dean, significant improvements in the graduating students evaluations of our programs have occurred. Administrative roles conducted- Program Convenor for Mechanical and Mechatronics engineering 2005 - 2009 Deputy AD T&L 2008-2010 Head of Discipline 2009-2011 Assistant Dean Teaching and Learning 2010 -
In 2015 an ambition project to redesign all of the Undergraduate Engineering offerings, and create end on Maters of Professional Engineering was conceived. Throughout the latter part of 2015 and through 2016 these plans were developed with first intakes into all the programs commencing in 2017.

Collaborations
Collaboration with Queens University in Canada has been undertaken looking at stress distribution under bulk material stockpiles. Collaboration with CSIRO on the numerical modelling of granular flow system and mechanical handling devices has been undertaken and continues.


Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours), University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Bulk Materials Handling
  • Computer Aided Engineering
  • Curriculum design
  • program administration

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
091499 Resources Engineering and Extractive Metallurgy not elsewhere classified 40
120399 Design Practice and Management not elsewhere classified 5
091399 Mechanical Engineering not elsewhere classified 55

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Associate Professor University of Newcastle
School of Engineering
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2011 -  Assistant Dean Teaching and Learning University of Newcastle
Engineering & Built Environment
Australia
1/07/2002 -  Snr Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Engineering
Australia
1/01/1992 -  Membership - Engineers Australia Engineers Australia

Awards

Research Award

Year Award
1999 A.W.Roberts
Unknown

Invitations

Participant

Year Title / Rationale
2006 Bulk Materials Handling Conference
Organisation: International Insitute of Research Description: I have been an 'expenses paid' attendee at the 5 Bulk Materials Handling conferences held to date by the International Institute of Research. This has been held in Perth 2x and Queensland 3 times.
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 9
Total funding $819,661

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20161 grants / $20,000

Redefining exposure to professional practice for engineering students$20,000

Funding body: Australian Council of Engineering Deans

Funding body Australian Council of Engineering Deans
Project Team Associate Professor Bill McBride
Scheme Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2016
GNo G1601557
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

20151 grants / $187,186

Building STEM students' numeracy for success in higher education$187,186

Funding body: Department of Education

Funding body Department of Education
Project Team Doctor Elena Prieto-Rodriguez, Professor Ljiljana Brankovic, Associate Professor Peter Howley, Associate Professor Bill McBride, Associate Professor Kathryn Holmes, Doctor Rachel Buchanan, Associate Professor Erica Southgate
Scheme Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Programme
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1501424
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

20111 grants / $12,800

Get set for success: Using online assessments to motivate first year engineering students to engage in and manage their learning$12,800

Funding body: Australian Learning and Teaching Council

Funding body Australian Learning and Teaching Council
Project Team Professor Lorelle Burton, Professor David Dowling, Associate Professor Lydia Kavanagh, Doctor Liza O'Moore, Dr Tim Aubrey, Professor David Lowe, Associate Professor Bill McBride, Doctor Janelle Wilkes, Mr Rex Glencross-Grant
Scheme Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1200526
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

20101 grants / $300,000

Analytical, Numerical and Testing Procedures for Improved Design and Performance of Bulk Solids Systems$300,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts, Professor Mark Jones, Associate Professor Craig Wheeler, Associate Professor Bill McBride, Associate Professor Chris Wensrich, Prof Dr Andre Katterfeld
Scheme Discovery Projects
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G0190069
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

20081 grants / $280,000

Passive Control of Dust Emissions from Belt Conveyor Systems$280,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts, Associate Professor Craig Wheeler, Associate Professor Bill McBride
Scheme Discovery Projects
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2010
GNo G0187541
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

20073 grants / $7,675

Evaluation and modelling of operational parameters associated with the 'Olds' Elevator$4,134

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Associate Professor Bill McBride
Scheme Pilot Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0187898
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

Evaluation and modelling of operational parameters associated with the 'Olds' Elevator$1,841

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment
Project Team Associate Professor Bill McBride
Scheme Pilot Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0188318
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

DEM 07, Stamford Hotel Brisbane, 27/8/2007 - 29/8/2007$1,700

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Associate Professor Bill McBride
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0188155
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20041 grants / $12,000

Investigation of Bulk Material Properties for Computer Simulation of Dynamic Systems$12,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Associate Professor Bill McBride
Scheme Early Career Researcher Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2004
Funding Finish 2004
GNo G0184311
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed6
Current7

Total current UON EFTSL

PhD0.95

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2017 PhD Performance Issues of Small Wind Turbines in Turbulent Urban Environments PhD (Mechanical Engineering), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2017 PhD Tip Loss Factor for Diffuser Augmented Wind Turbines PhD (Mechanical Engineering), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2017 PhD Modelling the Structural Response of Small Wind Turbine Blades Subject to Unsteady Aerodynamic Loading PhD (Mechanical Engineering), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2016 PhD The Optimisation of a Small Scale Diffuser Augmented Wind Turbine PhD (Mechanical Engineering), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2016 PhD Effect of Wind Gusts on Small Wind Turbines PhD (Mechanical Engineering), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2015 PhD Aeroelastic Measurements, Simulations, and Fatigue Predictions for Small Wind Turbines Operating in Highly Turbulent Flow PhD (Mechanical Engineering), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2013 PhD Curriculum Development in Engineering Education: A Case Study of Change and the Change Agents in the Computing Discipline PhD (Computer Engineering), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2017 PhD Understanding Passive Control of Bulk Material Dust Emissions in Discrete Feed Situation PhD (Mechanical Engineering), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2017 PhD Measured and Predicted Performance of a Small Wind Turbine Operating in Unsteady Flow PhD (Mechanical Engineering), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2014 PhD Neutron Diffraction and Micromechanical Modelling for Elastic Constant and Stress Determination in Polycrystals PhD (Mechanical Engineering), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2014 PhD Experimental and Theoretical Advances for Innovative Bypass Pneumatic Conveying System Design PhD (Mechanical Engineering), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2013 PhD Experimental and Numerical Investigation of Dust Emissions From Transfer Chutes PhD (Mechanical Engineering), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2006 Masters A New Technique to Generate Detailed Finite Element Models from CT Scan Data and a Comparative Study Between Biting Activity for Panthera Leo and Smilodon Fatalis M Eng (Mechanical) [R], Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
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Associate Professor Bill McBride

Position

Assistant Dean
School of Engineering
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment

Focus area

Mechanical Engineering

Contact Details

Email william.mcbride@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 492 15208
Fax (02) 492 16946

Office

Room ES437
Building Engineering Science - D.W. George
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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