Staff profile

Daniel Cooper


Technical Instructor for Entertainment Engineering and Technical Lead for Makerspace

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Subject

Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Entertainment Engineering

College

College of Engineering and Technology

Department

Electronics, Computing and Mathematics

Campus

Markeaton Street, Derby Campus

Email

d.cooper@derby.ac.uk

About

I am the Technical Instructor for the Entertainment Engineering degrees which include Sound, Light and Live Event Technology and Broadcast and Live Event Technology. I focus on the practical aspects of the degrees such as rigging and lighting design.

I am also the Technical Lead for Makerspace, a student-led workshop where any students can come along to learn how to use a wide variety of tools and make things for their degree or personal projects.

Teaching responsibilities

As a Technical Instructor I assist teaching for the Entertainment Engineering degrees which include Sound, Light and Live Event Technology and Broadcast and Live Event Technology. I also assist with the Electronic and Electrical Engineering degrees. I have a wide variety of responsibilities, ranging from purchasing and maintaining equipment through to hands on training with practical aspects of the courses.

Research interests

As a technical instructor I assist in creating the equipment used for research mainly in the live events or acoustics area.

I am also looking into how university maker spaces can help teach students new skills and make them more employable after their degree.

Qualifications

Academic qualifications

Professional qualifications

Experience in industry

I joined the University of Derby as a Technical Instructor in 2018. Before this I worked at various companies in the live event industry, including "Chavuet Lighting" where I worked as a repair technician on moving lights and video panels.

I also worked at a large conference centre where I was the Technical Manager in charge of 5 technicians and responsible for providing a full complement of audio visual services.

International experience

I recently went to MIT University in America to learn about setting up and managing a maker space, and the University of Derby is now part of the "Make IMPACT Consortium" which is a group of universities from across the globe that give training on the set-up and management of maker spaces.

I have also travelled extensively in my work as a technician doing lighting set-ups and field repair.