Dr Michael Boswell is currently Senior Lecturer Engineering in the School of Science and Technology at the University of Northampton and Visiting Professor at Tribhuvan University (Nepal). He is the Link Tutor with Academia International College, Nepal. Dr Boswell was awarded a PhD (Engineering) and a BSc Engineering (Hons) from Oxford Brookes University (UK).
Michael has worked for international organisations in Nepal, Norway, the Netherlands and Laos as well as working with governments in Nepal, Norway and the UK.
Michael has developed and taught a broad range of subjects in the fields of Engineering and Energy Management, including mechanics of solids, mechanics of fluids, thermodynamics and mathematics for engineers along with renewable energy and energy in developing countries. Michael is currently module leader for:
- ENG2047 - Advanced Thermo-fluids and Mechanical Principles
- ENG1051 – Mathematics for Engineers
- ENG1049 – Thermo-fluids and Mechanical Principles
- ENG1047 - Analytical Methods for Technology
Michael has secured a Memorandum of Cooperation with Academia International College, Nepal and has a role in the in-country delivery of:
- ENG4005 - Technology Project
- ENG3005 - Lean Manufacturing & Quality Applications
Michael is a former Visiting Research Fellow of Oxford Brookes University involved with the sourcing and evaluation of Nepalese plant oils as renewable fuels in the compression ignition engine for local power provision.
Appointed Visiting Professor at Tribhuvan University Nepal in 1998, Dr Boswell has been engaged subsequently with collaborative interdisciplinary research and consultancy seeking to implement measures to mitigate climate change and to promote resilience, livelihood, improvements in health and agricultural productivity in impoverished rural communities in the mountain environment as well as formulating proposals for national energy security.
Working to identify and multiply oil-bearing landraces for energy plantations and for integration in traditional hill farming systems to improve smallholder food and energy security as well as working to transfer clean technology including prototype development for fuelling on renewable liquid plant oils in applications such as motive power for agro-processing, cooking and illumination at the smallholder and village scale.
Michael's work has received the attention and endorsement of a Prime Minister, a Deputy Prime Minister, several Ministers and has been featured in a number of television documentaries and some 30 radio and newspaper articles. A 'Sewa Padak' Education Service Medal was awarded in 2004 by the Government of Nepal for exemplary service rendered to education.
A current focus is: Jatropha curcas Landrace Identification and Improvement for National Energy Security. The objective being to generate and make available superior genotypes/accessions of Jatropha curcas for further multiplication in plantations adapted to the Nepalese context.
- Rural livelihood
- Pro-poor biofuels
- Food security
- Energy security