Nader delighted to be part of a great engineering team
Forth Valley College’s Engineering Department is recognised as world class and no one typifies this more than lecturer and former Falkirk Campus student Nader Jarmooz.
At just 55 Nader, from Alva, has crammed more into his 30 year career than others could do in double that time. Not only does he teach electronics and specialist project management topics at the college, but he is also a FVC e-learning coordinator, runs his own business called Ochil Tech Developments Ltd, is a successful award winning patented inventor, and has a high profile in the industry externally having his own teaching materials viewed and downloaded more than 50,000 times from the web and has been a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) ambassador for 15 years.
Nader started his engineering journey at Falkirk College of Technology in 1983 when he enrolled on an HND in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. After successfully completing this course he went on to a BEng and BSc Honours course at Napier University, before doing a MSc Business management qualification.
He spent several years as an employee at Motorola, before starting his own company developing and marketing his own inventions. In so doing, winning the regional John Logie Baird Award in 2002 for his Easy Talk remote hands free set for mobile phones. He has also invented an energy saving socket under the Energenie brand which is sold across the world under licence. He has been teaching at FVC for the last 12 years.
Nader said: “I had a great time here as a student along with my classmate Buck Rogers and lecturer Alan Adrian.
“I tell my students to take charge of their own learning and enjoy what they are doing, as ultimately they are doing it for themselves. I have had a great career and a wealth of experiences. These days there are fewer opportunities for career advancement and promotion, as one or two steps have been taken away by new technology, so it is much harder to progress on the career ladder.
“Students in Scotland have to compete with a globalised pool of students who are hungry for success and see education as advancement, but in the UK we take it for granted.”
Father of two Nader, believes that FVC attracts a high calibre of students and has the highest regards for the Scottish youth for their hard work and friendly attitude.
Nader has been at the forefront of promoting e-learning in the college as well and works closely as an e-learning coordinator with Jasmine Hodge on the college’s Virtual Learning Environment, Moodle. He has developed online courses in project management and has given presentations to professionals both nationally and internationally at conferences on the merits of technology enhanced learning and teaching.
He added: “We have state-of-the-art facilities for teaching Engineering here at Forth Valley College and highly competent staff with great experience, who are very friendly and approachable. This has helped us become the highest performing college in Engineering and STEM subjects in Scotland’s Further Education sector.
“I enjoy it here very much and this is the best engineering job I have ever had at this college, there are goodwill and smiles everywhere and I love it.”