James Trevelyan

What misconception do people outside of your industry hold about it?

I think you’re asking about the knowledge an industry relies on. It reminds me of my research on engineers’ knowledge, something that amazed me in its complexity once I began systematically interviewing hundreds of engineers, something I had never really thought about while working as an engineer. We take knowledge so easily for granted. So much of it is embodied in the artefacts that surround us. The French philosopher Bruno Latour pointed out how much knowledge is embodied in the structure and layout of a supermarket, knowledge that only a knowledgeable person can recognise, let alone retrieve.

About James Trevelyan

James Trevelyan is an engineer, educator, researcher and start-up entrepreneur. As founder and inventor of Close Comfort, he is introducing new energy-saving, low emissions air conditioning technology for a global market. His research on engineering practice helped define the Engineers Australia professional competencies for chartered engineers. His books “The Making of an Expert Engineer” and “Learning Engineering Practice” are influencing the future of engineering education in universities and workplaces. He is best known internationally for pioneering research on sheep shearing robots from 1975 till 1993 and for the first industrial robot that could be remotely operated via the internet in 1994. He has worked as an expert witness on several significant intellectual property matters in Australia and internationally. He has also managed his family investment portfolio for several decades and has advised family investment companies in the UK and Australia.

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