Professor Peter Goodhew

Renowned Engineer & Emeritus Professor at University of Liverpool


Peter Goodhew is Emeritus Professor of Engineering at The University of Liverpool and RAEng Visiting Professor in Engineering Education at The University of Derby. His research centred on transmission electron microscopy and he led the UK SuperSTEM team which built the world’s best analytical electron microscopes at Daresbury Laboratory. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. In the past he has served as Dean of Engineering and Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of Liverpool . Peter is dedicated to the use of computers in teaching and he has been publishing teaching software for almost twenty years. He directed the MATTER team, which still (he asserts) produces the best educational software in the world in the materials field and the UK Centre for Materials Education. He has had a forty-eight-year love affair with computers since programming the Birmingham KDF9 in the mid sixties. This was consummated when he bought his first ZX81 and has been re-consummated many times since! Since retiring (merely defined as “nobody pays me anymore”) he has written a book on Teaching Engineering, and frequently helps in schools as a STEM Ambassador. If you want to know more about this man (who is not quite as much of an anorak as might appear from this description), try his Web site at or his teaching blog at