I am a mathematician with a wide range of experience of higher education in the United Kingdom. I am currently senior lecturer in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the Open University, the UK’s distance learning university.
I have held postdoctoral positions at Queen Mary University of London, King’s College Cambridge and the University of Warwick, and academic faculty positions at the University of Exeter, the University of Stirling and the Open University. I was also Deputy Director of the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences in Cambridge in the years 2008 – 2011.
My personal website is: www.benmestel.com
I am an applied analyst, and my research field is nonlinear dynamical systems, in particular the theory of renormalization and its applications to mathematical physics. Renormalization is the theory that underlies universal metrical behaviour in critical phenomena such as the transition to chaotic dynamics.
In addition to research in nonlinear dynamical systems, I have an interest in the application of mathematics in energy systems and in the study of asset bubbles in financial systems.
During my 25+ years of higher education teaching I have taught modules in a wide range of mathematical subjects and at all levels, from first year to MSc, and from large to small groups. I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, an accomplished teacher of mathematics, with a strong commitment to excellence and innovation, particularly in the use of new technology to enhance student learning. I have taught both face to face and online and I have a particular interest in electronic assessment in mathematics. I have also published research into the effective use of technology in higher education mathematics teaching.
My current teaching contribution at the Open University includes
M820 Calculus of Variations and Advanced Calculus
T192/T193 Level 1 Engineering Modules