Professor Elena Rodriguez-Falcon

PFHEA, MEng, MBA, MCMI, Senate Fellow

Elena Rodrigues-FalconProfessor of Enterprise and Engineering Education
Faculty Director of Communications and External Relations

Department of Mechanical Engineering
The University of Sheffield
Mappin Street
Sheffield
S1 3JD

Telephone: +44 (0) 114 222 7797
Fax: +44 (0) 114 222 7890

Email : E.M.Rodriguez-Falcon@sheffield.ac.uk

Twitter: @ElenaRF

Blog: elenarfblog.wordpress.com


Profile

Elena Rodriguez-Falcon is Professor of Enterprise and Engineering Education in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Sheffield. Elena joined The University of Sheffield in 2001 having previously worked in industry for seven years in project management, product development and quality control. In the last thirteen years Elena has developed degrees which aim at embedding enterprise in engineering. She is the founder of the Enterprise-lab, which was the model for the White Rose CETLE Enterprise Zones, now known in Sheffield as University of Sheffield Enterprise (USE) http://enterprise.shef.ac.uk/ .

Until 2008, Elena was also Director of Learning and Teaching Development for one of the four Institutional Learning Priorities of the University: Inclusive Learning and Teaching.

In 2011, Elena became the University of Sheffield's Director of Enterprise Education and also the Faculty of Engineering's Director of Women in Engineering. Late 2014, Elena stepped down from these roles to take on the role of Director of Communications and External Relations for the University’s Faculty of Engineering.

Elena has been awarded the status of Principal Fellow at the Higher Education Academy - one of the first twelve in the UK.

Elena lectures on enterprise and business planning, using innovative teaching techniques which have merited recognition by the Higher Education Academy, the Royal Academy of Engineering, and Enterprise Educators UK (EEUK) and as a Northern Champion by the Institute of Public Policy Research in 2012.

Elena is world renowned for her passion and activity in matters of gender and equality in engineering. In 2014 The Guardian named her as one of the six influential women engineers who stand out from the crowd in promoting their profession to follow on Twitter. In the same year, Elena was Highly Commended,by the Princess Royal for her work promoting women in engineering.

Similarly, Elena has figure headed the Twitter campaign #ILookLikeAnLGBTEngineer through her blog, which was then picked up by The Guardian (article).

In 2015, her Alma Mater, the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon in Mexico, awarded her a Doctorate Honris Causa in recognition of her career in engineering education.

Other professional activities and achievements:

  • Vice President of International Advisory Board, UANL, Mexico (2015-to date) and member since (2011-to date).
  • Appointed British Council expert in engineering education, Ethiopia, (2014).
  • External Examiner at Warwick University (2015-), University of Manchester (2014-to date), University of York (2014-to date), Sheffield Hallam University (2013-to date).
  • One of the first 12 Principal Fellows in the UK, Higher Education Academy (2012).
  • Member elected LEP-CDI Sector Group for Sheffield and the Region (2011).
  • On the Editorial Board of the Engineering Education Journal (2010-2013).
  • Declared elected to the Enterprise Educators UK Board (2009-12) and re-elected (2012-to date).

Module leader:

MEC414/MEC6414 Technology Strategy and Business Planning

A video showcasing the 'Technology Strategy and Business Planning' module

Research Interests

Elena's general research interest lies in teaching and learning as the main umbrella for her scholarship. From this she has developed more specific interests in enterprise education, project based learning, internationalisation and various others. This has resulted in numerous conference papers and guest speaker presentations in both the UK and internationally.

Her particular interest in enterprise education has also led her to study and research into entrepeneurial behaviour and for the past seven years she has collaborated on a project called Enterprise High Growth Innovation, comprised of seven UK universities and MIT in the USA, which resulted in an award winning conference paper and a book chapter.

Notable Awards

  • Doctor of Engineering, Honoris Causa, Universidad Autonóma de Nuevo León, México, 2015.
  • Most Enterprising Academic of the Year Award, University of Sheffield Students’ Union Academic Awards, 2015.
  • Highly Commended by The Princess Royal for championing women in engineering, WISE Awards, 2014.
  • Inspiration & Co, 2014. Voted as one of the 12 most inspirational academics at The University of Sheffield. Overall winner.
  • Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, 2012.
  • Northern Champion Award, The Institute for Public Policy Research North, UK, 2012.
  • Distinguished Alumna Award for Excellence in the Profession, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, México, 2011.
  • Personal Tutor of the Year Award, University of Sheffield Students’ Union Academic Awards, 2011.
  • Enterprise Educators Award-Commendation, EEUK and NCGE, 2009.
  • Elected Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, 2008.
  • Royal Academy of Engineering, ExxonMobil Award for Teaching Excellence, 2008.
  • Royal Academy of Engineering, ETP Teaching Excellence Award, 2007.
  • Senate Award for Excellence in L&T in the Category of Collaboration, 2005-2006.
  • Senate Award for Excellence in L&T in the Category of Rising Stars, 2004-2005.
  • Higher Education Academy Engineering Subject Centre Teaching Award, 2004-2005.

Books

  • Pashneh-Tala S, Malins A, Lewis R, Heppell G & Rodriguez-Falcon EM (2011) The Little Book of Design. Sheffield, UK: Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Sheffield.
  • Rodriguez-Falcon EM, Evans M, Allam C, Barrett J & Forrest D (2010) The Inclusive Learning and Teaching Handbook. England: The Inclusive Learning and Teaching Project, The University of Sheffield.

Journal articles

Conference proceedings papers

  • Yoxall A, Langley J, Musselwhite C, Rodriguez-Falcon EM & Rowson J (2010) Husband, Daughter, Son and Postman, Hot-water, Knife and Towel: Assistive Strategies for Jar Opening. DESIGNING INCLUSIVE INTERACTIONS (pp 187-196)
  • Rodriguez-Falcon EM & Yoxall A (2010) Accessibility is in the Palm of Your Hand. DESIGNING INCLUSIVE INTERACTIONS (pp 45-54)
  • Yoxall A, Luxmoore J & Rodriguez-Falcon EM (2009) Load-path-based modelling strategies for synovial joints. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part C: Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science, Vol. 223(9) (pp 2143-2153). UK
  • Lucas WA, Cooper SY & Rodriguez-Falcon EM (2009) On the Recognition of Venturing Opportunities in Science and Technology. NEW TECHNOLOGY-BASED FIRMS IN THE NEW MILLENNIUM, VOL 7: PRODUCTION AND DISTRIBUTION OF KNOWLEDGE, Vol. 7 (pp 7-21). UK, May 2006.
  • Handscombe RD, Patterson EA & Rodriguez-Falcon E (2006) University spinouts and student start-ups: A study in heat transfer and rocket science?. Proceedings of 2006 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, IMECE2006 - Engineering Business Management
  • Yoxall A, Bradbury SR, Carré MJ, Goh WT, Heppell JG, Hodzic A, Lewis R & Rodriguez-Falcon EM (2006) Better by design: Developing teaching concepts through group work. Proceedings of the International Conference on Innovation, Good Practice and Research in Engineering Education 2006, EE 2006 (pp 522-526)
  • Rodriguez-Falcon EM, Carré MJ & Yates JR (2006) Embedding experiential learning in engineering education. Proceedings of the International Conference on Innovation, Good Practice and Research in Engineering Education 2006, EE 2006 (pp 512-517)
  • Handscombe RD, Patterson EA & Rodriguez-Falcon EM (2006) University spinouts and student start-ups: A study in heat transfer and rocket science?. Proceedings of 2006 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, IMECE2006 - Engineering Business Management. USA, 5 November 2006 - 10 November 2006.
  • Handscombe RD, Rodriguez-Falcon EM & Patterson EA (2005) Embedded enterprise learning: About, through, for and from. Engineering/Technology Management 2005: Safety Engineering and Risk Analysis, Technology and Society, Engineering Business Management, Health and Safety (pp 305-314). USA, 5 November 2005 - 11 November 2005.
  • Handscombe RD, Rodriguez-Falcon E & Patterson EA (2005) Embedded enterprise learning: About, through, for and from. Proceedings of IMECE 2005: Engineering/Technology Management (pp 305-314)