Dr Nicholas (Nick) Powell


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Phone number: +44 (0)121 204 5101
Email: n.powell@aston.ac.uk
Room number: MB265C

I joined Aston Computer Science Department as a Programming Support Officer in November 2015 before becoming a Lecturer in 2020, having spent the previous three years working on my PhD research and working as a laboratory demonstrator in Computer Science.

My research investigated the use of novel auditory display designs for accelerated skills acquisition and performance enhancement in motorsport, working in collaboration with a leading racing team and a professional racing driver training center. Prior to that, I spent just under a year working as a Business Process Management Developer for a software house serving clients such as ITV, the NHS, and Regional Fire Services. 
  • BSc with First Class Honours in Computer Science, Aston University, 2011

  • PhD in Computer Science, Aston University, 2017
  • 2020 - present: Lecturer, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University.
  • 2015 – 2020: Programming Support Officer, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University.
  • 2011-2012: Business Process Management Developer, AuraQ Limited.
  • 2009-2010: Release Control Analyst, TNT Express ICS
I primarily teach Java Programming Foundations (CS1310) and support Java Programming Development (CS1410), and have supported a  range of modules including Data Structures and Algorithms, Internet Computing, Human Computer Interaction, and Interaction Design. I have also supervised / co-supervised a number of Final Year Project Students (CS3040), and regularly provide support to Final Year Project students with programming tasks. 
I am particularly interested in Human Computer Interaction, specifically auditory displays and how they can be used in extreme environments.