Advanced Engineering 2016 - National Exhibition Centre, 02 - 03 November 2016

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Advanced Engineering Bob Aalund

Robert Aalund Thermal Technologies

Robert Aalund has accumulated more than 30 years’ experience on the OEM side of multiple ultra high-tech equipment lines, including EDM, industrial LASER, robotics, thermal processing systems, rapid prototyping systems, and most recently SPS (spark plasma sintering).  Offering a rare blend of engineering skill, initiative, creativity, keen observation, and good business sense, Robert has played a major role in the market development of many technologies now seen as foundational in high-tech manufacturing.  His skills include initial feasibility studies for emerging technologies, product design, development of business and support infrastructure, product and organizational branding, and development of international marketing strategies that support continuous growth. 

In 2003 Robert began study in advanced powder materials and composites.  These studies included materials and material processing technologies.  This led to a business development position within Sumitomo/Sojitz Corp, in building the support/business infrastructure and international marketing strategy for their SPS technology.  This in turn, led to his current position with Thermal Technology LLC, as their Director, Business Development SPS/DCS.  Robert manages and collaborates on every aspect of the SPS/DCS product lines including the Thermal Technology patents associated with SPS.

On his own time, Robert is involved with numerous small businesses, in partnership, located in Washington State, Oregon, Arizona, Illinois, and Florida.

Robert also provides training presentations on career development techniques and the high-tech manufacturing business to regional high schools and colleges.

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Stamatis Angelinas, Chassis Engineer - Brake Actuation & Performance Planning, Bentley

Stamatis Angelinas has been at Bentley for 3.5 years, initially responsible for Foundation Brake components sizing, testing and supplier management for Iron and CSiC-based brake systems. He currently works on Hybrid Brake Actuation systems within the design team leading Regenerative/ Frictionless Braking strategy development, and is also responsible for tuning and delivery activities of electro-mechanical brake boosters into upcoming projects.

Stamatis obtained his BEng in Mechanical Engineering at Plymouth University in 2007, and MSc in Automotive Engineering at Cranfield University in 2009. He completed a PhD in Automotive Engineering at Cranfield University in 2013, specialising in High-Performance Friction Brake Systems, where he developed advanced modelling strategies for composite disc brake materials, using Genetic Algorithms for thermo-mechanical loading optimisation, and Computational Fluid Dynamics for cooling performance optimisation.

*Part of the IMechE Brakes 2016 conference

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Professor Kaspar Althoefer, Queen Mary University

Professor Kaspar Althoefer is an electronics engineer, leading research on Robotics at Queen Mary University of London. After graduating with a degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Technology Aachen, Germany, and obtaining a PhD in Robot Motion Planning from Kings College London, he joined the Kings Robotics Group in 1996 as a lecturer. Made a Senior Lecturer in 2006, he was promoted to Reader and Professor in 2009 and 2011, respectively. In April 2016, he joined Queen Mary as full professor of Robotics Engineering. 

In the run-up to the 2014 REF, Professor Althoefer was the head of the task force preparing the response for the Kings Informatics; the Department moved up considerably from a mid-table position in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise to 12th position in the country according to the 2014 REF GPA.

His current research interest are in the areas of robot autonomy, soft robotics, modelling of tool-environment interaction dynamics, sensing and neuro-fuzzy-based sensor signal classification with applications in robot-assisted minimally invasive surgery, rehabilitation, assistive technologies and human-robot interactions in the manufacturing environment. He was awarded more than £4.5 Million in competitive research funding from funding bodies such as the Wellcome Trust, EPSRC and the European Commission; he strongly contributed to the attainment of further grants in excess of £20 Million, especially through collaboration with colleagues at St Thomas Hospital London focusing on creating robotic solutions for the healthcare sector. Prof Althoefer was the coordinator of two EU projects (STIFF-FLOP and CONPHIRMER), and PI/Co-I on numerous further EU, EPSRC and industry-sponsored projects. He is currently the PI / Co-I of EU projects FourByThree and SQUIRREL and a project on landmine detection sensors funded by charity FABW (Find a Better Way), co-founded by Sir Bobby Charlton.

Prof Althoefer has authored/co-authored more than 200 peer-review papers. The majority of his journal papers (over 60%) are in the top journals of the field, including top transactions and journals of the IEEE and ASME and proceeding of the leading national learned societies in the field, IMechE and IET. He is named inventor on five patent applications. He was the principal supervisor of 18 successful PhD students. He is currently heading a team of five postdoctoral Research Assistants/ Fellows and six PhD students.

Advanced Engineering Alex Aucken

Alex Aucken, CLF Chair (Solvay Cytec)

Alex Aucken is Automotive Director for Solvay, responsible for coordinating the commercial and programme and activities for serial automotive composites.

He is also Chair of the Composites Leadership Forum, with responsibility for coordinating and supporting the delivery of the multi-sector UK Composites Strategy.

With 26 years of industry experience, including Automotive, Aerospace and Defence, including 15 years in the composites sector, he has been involved in Powertrain engineering, Body structures, Composites, vehicle launch teams, chassis development and even test driving.

He has a track record of delivering technically, commercially and politically challenging strategies and programmes, whilst managing the risks of large investment programmes and new technology development.

He has extensive experience in supply chain collaboration and development including many UK and European government-supported collaborative projects, detailed customer/supplier relationship management, as well as M&A experience and has developed a wide network of Industry, Government, Academia and Media.

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James Barth, Lead Aerodynamicist, Reaction engines

Prior to joining Reaction Engines, James has worked on fluid dynamics problems ranging from micro-scale multiphase flows through large-scale industrial processes. He studied operational mode transition inside a rocket-based combined cycle engine at JAXA during an MSc in Space Sciences from International Space University.He then completed a PhD in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Queensland, focused on fuel injection and combustion efficiency improvements in a Mach 12 scramjet.As part of REL’s Performance and Aerodynamics team, and in collaboration with industrial partners, he works on modelling and testing the aerodynamics of the SABRE engine and its subsystems.

*Part of IMechE Aviation Aerodynamics 2016 conference

Advanced Engineering Joseph Baynes

Joseph Baynes, Student Design engineer, ULV Team, Arion 2, University of Liverpool Velocipede Team

4th year mechanical engineering student at the University of Liverpool, recently returned from racing the Arion 2 at the World Human Powered Speed Challenge, now working on third land speed bike, the ‘Arion 3’.

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Martyn Bennett, Chief Scientist, ARTIS

Martyn has spent over 20 years in R&D in the rubber industry. He graduated from Sheffield City Polytechnic with a BSc in Applied Science (Physics Materials) in 1983 and, after post-graduate work with Bassetts and Leatherhead Food Research, he joined the University of Bristol as a Teaching Company Associate. Martyn joined Avon Rubber in 1989 and established the Avon Rubber Materials Development Centre in 1998.

Having launched ARTIS in 2007, he brings specialist technical knowledge of physics, metallurgy, polymer science, food processing, rheology, test development, statistical analysis and data management and was responsible for leading the ARTIS involvement in recent DTI and TSB-funded programs.

Martyn is Chair of the Industrial Advisory Group for the Materials Department of Loughborough University and is also a member of the Polymer Society Board of IOM3; the Industrial Advisory Group for polymeric materials at NPL; and the scientific advisory committee to the Materials KTN.

Advanced Engineering Eddie Blackett

Eddie Blackett, Innovation and Construction Manager, iLECSYS Rail Ltd

Eddie studied geology and worked in the geotechnical and piling industry before moving in to specialising in the Rail sector. He has a passion for innovative solutions and works with organisations to develop more cost effective and sustainable products. More recently he has focused on the benefits that composite materials have within the built environment.  He believes that innovative products and the use of new composite materials will answer many of the governments cost reduction plans, whilst also adding value for the future, with improved sustainability and whole life cost benefits.

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Nigel Blatherwick, Commercial Director, Applied Graphene

Nigel Blatherwick has over 25 years sales and strategic marketing experience in Advanced Materials and Composites industries. He joined AGM in early 2015 and is helping to identify new opportunities across a global partner base seeking to adopt graphene nanoplatelet technology.

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Mike Blundell, Head of the Vehicle Dynamics and Safety Research Group, Coventry University

Mike Blundell is the Associate Dean Enterprise within the Faculty of Engineering and Computing and is also Professor of Vehicle Dynamics and Impact and the Head of the Vehicle Dynamics and Safety Research Group at Coventry University. He previously worked as a naval architect for the ship and submarine design department of the Ministry of Defence and as a stress engineer for Boeing (Europe).
He is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (FIMechE), a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and a Member of the Engineering Professors Council.

*Part of the IMechE Brakes 2016 conference

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John Bolger, Engineering Associate Fellow – Compressor Aerodynamics, Rolls-Royce

John Bolger is a senior engineering specialist in turbomachinery aerodynamics with over 25 years of experience in technical and leadership roles within Rolls-Royce. He gained his PhD in 3D Compressor Aerodynamic Design from the University of Cambridge, Whittle Laboratory in 1999 and has led aerothermal teams in fans, compressors and turbines to deliver global product development programmes. He is a Rolls-Royce Engineering Associate Fellow in Compressor Aerodynamics and currently has the role of global specialist in fan and compressor aerodynamics technology.

*Part of the IMechE Aviation Aerodynamics 2016 conference

Advanced Engineering Philip Borland

Philip Borland, CEO, NoMuda Ltd

Phil Borland is the founder and CEO of NoMuda Ltd, developers of  After working with Manganese Bronze, BSA and Lucas Engineering and Systems, Phil founded NoMuda to help businesses implements the Toyota Production System / Lean.  With the mindset of Simplify - Standardise - Automate, he set about developing a suite of tools that enables the implementation of Lean in the most effective and sustainable way.

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Dawn Bonfield, CEO, Women's Engineering Society

Dawn is a chartered engineer, a Fellow of WES, a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, and a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers. She is also a member of the Worshipful Company of Engineers. She is passionate about supporting women in engineering, and is founder of National Women in Engineering Day, and the WES outreach activities 'Magnificent Women' and the 'Sparxx' project. Her Presidential theme was 'women returners' and she is working on a number of initiatives to support women to return to work after career breaks.

Dawn has recently written a report for the Institution of Civil Engineers called Disruptive Diversity which has set out how this large institution can increase its diversity and inclusion to make a step change in attracting and retaining a diverse range of members.  In addition to her work with WES, Dawn is Patron of Alton Convent School, a member of the Institute of Materials Minerals and Mining Women in Materials committee, a steering group member of the 100 Years of Women in Transport Campaign, a member of the Royal Academy of Engineering Diversity Concordat, a member of the Women's Business Council STEM Working Group, an Advisory group member for the Science Museum's Engineer Your Future careers exhibition in 2014, a judge for a number of competitions in engineering including the Talent2030 National Engineering Competition for Girls and the WISE / Evoke bursaries for girls in engineering.

Dawn was awarded the SEMTA Diversity in Engineering Award 2016. Dawn was awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List 2016.

Advanced Engineering Carafino Braganza

Carafino Braganza, Student Design engineers, ULV Team, Arion 2, University of Liverpool Velocipede Team

4th year mechanical engineering student at the University of Liverpool, recently returned from racing the Arion 2 at the World Human Powered Speed Challenge, now working on third land speed bike, the ‘Arion 3’.

Philip Bruce, CLF WG chair

Philip Chairs the Affordable Composites Group following his period as a member of the Composites Leadership forum on which he led the Supply Chain group in preparing the strategy. Philip attended the CLF on behalf of Scott Bader to focus on supply side issues.

He became Managing Director of Scott Bader in the United Kingdom in 2005, where he led the company in global composites, speciality chemical and adhesives until he retired in the middle of 2015.
Philip through his consultancy company holds the position as Secretary General of FEICA (the Association of the European adhesive and sealant industry) operating from Brussels. Philip joined FEICA in January 2016 and is committed to both composites and adhesive developments.

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David Bryant, Lecturer in Automotive Engineering, University of Bradford

David Bryant’s research interests centre on vehicle brakes and braking systems with a specific focus on noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) and braking instabilities. Drawing on regular funding from automotive OEMs, the work has gained international recognition with the publication of several conference papers and journal articles. Projects have directly impacted on vehicle design and production and have embedded an understanding of complex problems. Knowledge Transfer interests focus on the running of the Braking of Road Vehicles short course for industry.

*Part of the IMechE Brakes 2016 conference

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Peter Burrows, Sales Manager, Baugh/ETher NDE

Pete Burrows has over 29 years of NDT experience, across all industry sectors. Pete has held various professional qualifications (Level 2&3) in the field of NDT and has been active in NDT business development and sales for 21 years. Pete started in NDT as an apprentice at Dowty Group and has been in this field as a practitioner, or in sales/applications roles ever since.

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Joe Carruthers, Managing Director, NetComposites

Joe Carruthers is the Managing Director of NetComposites Ltd, an independent provider of expert services relating to composite materials. NetComposites' offerings encompass consultancy, conferences, innovation, training and information services.

Joe has been working with composite materials for more than 20 years in a variety of roles across industry and academia. He has a PhD in the subject and is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

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Clive Chitiz, VP Business Development, Plataine Technologies

Clive joined PLATAINE three and a half years ago as VP Business Development, representing the company in various vertical industries working with Carbon Fibre Materials.

Clive specializes in managing key corporate accounts as well as identifying and developing the next generation of Plataine customers.

To this end, Clive and the Plataine team are frequent speakers at Composite Conferences and Seminars and look forward to meeting participants at Composites Innovation 2016!

Clive holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Marketing and Economics from Wits University in South Africa.

Advanced Engineering Tom Cleverly

Tom Cleverly, Project Engineer, Reynolds Technology

Tom studied materials science at the University of Birmingham. It was here that his combined interests in both cycling and metallurgy lead him to apply for a summer placement at Reynolds. Having worked there for the past three years as a Project Engineer. His focus on both product and process development has contributed to their expansion into a variety of different technical sectors.

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Phil Cooper, Product Verification Programme Leader, National Physical Laboratory

Phil is the National Product Verification Programme Leader at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL).  

Phil started his working life at Nestlé Rowntree as a Graduate Management Trainee in production management, before going on to set up, run and subsequently sell three successful small companies.  Phil went on to apply his business knowledge within Higher Education, becoming Head of Innovation & Enterprise at one of the largest Universities in the UK. In 2008 Phil was recruited to NPL as Director of the Sensors & Instrumentation Knowledge Transfer Network, and then went on to become NPL’s Head of Knowledge Networks.  He has been in his current role since July last year. 

He has degrees from Loughborough University (BA Hons) and the University of Stirling (MSc).

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Sean Cooper, Senior Composites Development Engineer - AGC AeroComposites

Sean Cooper is a project manager for collaborative materials and technology research projects he conducts company research into composite materials and manufacturing processes, including thermoplastic composite processing technologies. He holds an MSc in Advanced Materials from the University of Surrey and a BSc in Mechanical Design and Manufacture from Plymouth University. He is a board member of the British Composites Society, a STEM Ambassador and a professional member of both the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) and the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET).

Advance Engineering Steve Crapper

Steve Crapper, ECS Engineering Services

Steve Crapper is a Business Development Manager with ECS Engineering Services Ltd. We are a turnkey engineered solutions provider across the infrastructure, water utility, flood defence and power generation industries. Our specialism is matching the best possible solution with our engineering installation expertise to give end clients a delivered solution with the best possible whole life costs for their budgets. FRP solutions offer perhaps the best possible solutions for manufacture of static and moving bridges and water control structures.

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Peter Curtis, Chief Technical Officer, Aircraft Research Association

Peter Curtis has been Chief Technical Officer at ARA for 7 years, responsible for developing the overall aerodynamics capability of the company, both experimental and computational.  He previously spent 25 years at BAE Systems, specialising mostly in propulsion related aerodynamics.  His work included research on future concepts and time spent on the Harrier, Nimrod MRA4 and JSF programmes.

*Part of the IMechE conference

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Chris Daniels, Head of Partnerships and Communications, Hybrid Air Vehicles Ltd

Chris looks after a range of business areas within Hybrid Air Vehicles, and is the company's main spokesperson as well as running Airlander's STEM programme. His role also encompasses partnership opportunities with major brands and within Airlander's supply chain.

Chris Studied mathematics at Oxford University and has an MBA from IESE Business School in Barcelona. He was awarded a Flying Scholarship by the Royal Air Force, and went on to gain his Private Pilots Licence and has kept a lifelong interest in aviation.

Chris has had many years of experience in a range of industries and in high profile roles as diversified as Trading Floor investment banking and professional expedition leading. Most recently Chris was Head of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games Activation at Lloyds Banking Group. Chris joined Hybrid Air Vehicles Ltd 3 years ago.

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John Darlington, Head of Product Management, TenCate Advanced Materials

With over 20 years in the thermoplastic and thermoset composite industry from raw materials to final components, John Darlington has a background in Mechanical Engineering and obtained his PhD in "Concurrent Process Modelling" from Durham University. John Currently leads the product management department at TenCate Advanced Composites, launching innovative composite material solutions for aerospace and industrial markets.

Dr Susan Davies, Advanced Technology Leader HIP, Bodycote H.I.P Limited

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Gareth Davies, Commercial Manager, Composites Evolution

Gareth Davies has worked for Composites Evolution for 2.5 years and is responsible for sales strategy, business development, key account development, distribution network management and marketing of their Biotex natural fibre reinforcements and Ecopreg bioresin prepegs. He has over 20 years' experience in R&D, business development and sales of chemical, plastic and composite materials solutions. Gareth has a BEng (Hons) degree in Materials Engineering from the University of Wales, Swansea.

Advanced Engineering Angela Dean

Prof Angela Dean, Head of Department of Engineering in the College of Engineering

Angela has recently moved from Head of Engineering to concentrate on the development of degree apprenticeships in the College.  

Graduating in materials engineering from the University of Surrey Angela has experience as an engineer in industry and as a principal lecturer in education in various Universities.  She worked for a number of years as a development engineer in the aeronautical industry before joining the HE sector.

Since 2000 she has been an academic manager at the University of Derby and been responsible for the academic development and management for engineering and architecture programmes.  She has also been responsible for business engagement and managed collaborations nationally and internationally. 

She has been involved in skills development at undergraduate and postgraduate level for a number of years including the development of innovative postgraduate programmes for the HEFCE funded projects such as the postgraduate support scheme (2014/5) and the conversion engineering pilot (2015/6).

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Tom Donnelly, Product Strategy Manager, Productiv

Tom has over 25 years’ experience in the automotive industry, including the development of market entry strategies for automotive innovations, feasibility studies for new products and development of engine sub-systems for the world’s largest vehicle manufacturer. Tom has worked at Lotus, Lucas, and most recently before becoming Product Strategy Manager at Productiv, he was Industry Principal at Frost & Sullivan Consulting. With a strong footing in both mechanical and electrical engineering, business administration, project management and product strategy planning, we think that Tom’s presentation will be well worth a listen.

Andrew Dugmore, TRB/Composites UK Chair

Andrew began as a composite engineer in both Motorsport and Aerospace sectors. He has worked up to the senior management team in both Sales and Operational roles, most notably at Amber Composites (now Tencate). He is currently the President of TRB Lightweight Structures.

Andrew joined the Composites UK Board of Directors in 2012 and was elected as Chairman by the board in 2014. He is in his 3rd year of office as Chairman.

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Professor Bruce Drinkwater, University of Bristol

Bruce Drinkwater was born in Hexham, England, in 1970. He received B.Eng. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College. Since 1996, Bruce has worked as an academic in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Bristol. He was promoted to Professor of Ultrasonics in 2007 and now leads the Bristol Ultrasonics and NDT research group. His current research interests are divided between ultrasonic array imaging for non-destructive testing and acoustic radiation force devices for particle manipulation applications. His research has led to the successful commercialisation of an array wheel probe and the imaging techniques he helped developed are now widely used in industry. In 2015 Bruce co-invented the world's first stable ultrasonic tractor beam which was widely featured in the popular press. He is a passionate advocate of the importance of engineering and science to society.

Advanced Engineering Brian Dron

Dr. Brian Dron, Commercial Director - Europe, Materials Design SARL

Based in Munich, Germany, Dr. Brian Dron is the Commercial Director for Materials Design, Inc. in Europe, having joined the company in early 2016. Prior to that, Brian has served in various business and leadership roles at a variety of software simulation companies most notably Molecular Simulations Inc, Ingenuity Systems, Symyx Technologies and a variety of genomics software startups.

Brian’s academic background is in heterogeneous catalysis chemistry for which he holds a PhD from University of Dundee in Scotland.

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Dr Muhammad Eesa, Head of R&D Dept, Advanced Chemical Etching Ltd (ACE)

Muhammad Eesa graduated from the University of Birmingham with a PhD in Chemical Engineering in 2010. He joined Advanced Chemical Etching (ACE) Ltd in 2011 as a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Associate. The KTP project, which was a partnership between ACE and the University of Wolverhampton, led to the development of a new process for the chemical etching of aluminium. In 2013, Muhammad became the head of the R&D department at ACE where he played a major role in developing a new process for etching titanium and nitinol.

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David Ensor, Senior Consultant, Engineering Integrity Society (EIS)

David Ensor has some 40 years' experience in the automotive & supplier industry gained in many companies worldwide. He is a specialist in fatigue analysis, instrumentation, durability, data analysis & RLD and has worked in component durability & full vehicle durability development. He managed development departments until becoming a Senior Consultant at HORIBA-MIRA. David has developed durability programs for a range of OEMs & Tier 1&2 Suppliers. In addition he has produced many technical papers advancing fatigue & analysis processes.

Simon Eves, Technical Director, Pipex px

Simon graduated from the University of Edinburgh and has worked in the structural composites industry for over 25 years.  Having been with Pipex px® since 2003 his key responsibility is Business Development and Product innovation, key Projects have included the subsea Cocoon & Shroud ® MARRS® OFFSHORE handrail system and various Footbridges on behalf of Network Rail within the transport industry sector.

Advanced Engineering Joseph Fairey

Joseph Fairey, Engineering Apprentice, Hybrid Air Vehicles Ltd

Joseph Fairey grew up living opposite the Cardington Hangars, meaning he has always been fascinated by them and has enjoyed watching the blimps come in and out over the years.

He attended Samuel Whitbread Academy to study a Level 2 Diploma in Engineering, getting an overall B. Joseph also completed the first year of a BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Engineering, before coming to Hybrid Air Vehicles. Other subjects he studied included Level 3 Maths for Engineers, in which he got a B, and a Level 2 BTEC in IT.

Since he was a child, Joseph has always aspired to be an aircraft technician. He has a long family history that has been steeped in engineering for generations, which has served as an inspiration to follow in their footsteps.

When Joseph first heard about the apprenticeship going at Hybrid Air Vehicles it instantly clicked with him that he really wanted to work there. His intention was to stay at school and finish his A Levels but when he found out he had won the apprenticeship working on the world’s largest aircraft, he knew it was an opportunity not to miss. He was overwhelmed and incredibly excited to start the career he’d been dreaming of for years.

“Becoming an apprentice on the world’s largest aircraft is absolutely amazing and becoming an apprentice on a prototype aircraft is amazing but being one of two apprentices in the whole world who work on the world’s largest prototype aircraft is extraordinary and the amount of publicity we get for working here is such an amazing feeling. Within two months we were filmed to be featured in a film. What an amazing opportunity to be working here and I enjoy waking up and going to work every day.”

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Gavin Farmer, Carbodeon

Gavin worked in automotive powertrain systems where held various manufacturing, development and commercial roles before entering the nanomaterials and nano composites business in 2012 with Finnish nanomaterials manufacturer Carbodeon who are focussed on the development and manufacture of NanoDiamond materials and their applications. At Carbodeon Gavin is responsible for Business Development, a role which also encompasses a significant portion of application engineering as he manages several material and process development programmes across automotive, industrial, aerospace and electronics industries.

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Avi Freeman, Partner, Beck Greener

Avi heads the engineering, electronics and physics team at Beck Greener, specialising in patent cases related to mechanical, electronic, electrical and software engineering and physics, and electronics more generally.  His primary experience is in obtaining and advising on patent protection for inventions in these fields working with clients ranging from large scale multi-nationals to SMEs and start-ups on intellectual property strategy and practice.  Avi drafts and prosecutes patent applications in both the light and heavy engineering fields including specific technical areas such as optics, communications, and electronic and mechanical devices.  Avi also advises on unregistered design protection, and files and prosecutes applications for registered designs.

Avi travels widely to the US, Asia and the Middle East speaking and presenting on matters of European patent law, ranging from general developments such as the European unitary patent, to the more specific, such as the European and UK approach to the protection of computer-implemented inventions.

Avi is skilled at drafting, filing and prosecuting cases at the European Patent Office and at the UKIPO for multinational corporations. He has comprehensive experience of post-grant procedures at the EPO, including handling oppositions and appeals with a high success rate.  Avi also has a large caseload before overseas patent offices, particularly the USPTO, where he prosecutes applications on behalf of direct clients with the assistance of local counsel.

Avi takes great satisfaction in helping start-ups and young companies, specifically when the IP infrastructure he has helped to create supports their growth. He also enjoys working with overseas hi-tech companies, either directly or through local patent attorneys.

Avi is recommended in The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2015 editorial.

Peter Frewer, Chief Engineer, Frewer Engineering

Peter Frewer is the Chief Engineer of Frewer Engineering and has 25 years experience in the field of lightweight composite structures design and finite element analysis.

He has worked on projects such as the design of carbon epoxy aircraft engine intakes, space structures, F1 research structures for future vehicles & many other general engineering applications of composites across industry.

His company specializes in the design of highly advanced and innovative equipment, especially using composite structures, there is much more on their web site at along with a virtual visit to Frewer Engineering on Youtube.

Advance Engineering Tony Fry

Tony Fry, Senior Research Scientist, National Physical Laboratory

Tony Fry is the Science Area Leader of the Advanced Materials Group at NPL, the main focus of the Group’s activities is concerned with the development of characterisation techniques and test methods to evaluate the microstructural properties and life-time performance and durability of engineered materials such as metal alloys, ceramics and their composites. He has 20 years’ experience in characterising and testing high temperature materials and has been working in high temperature corrosion for more than 16 years. He is a member of the IOM3 Energy Materials Group, and is a member of a number of standards committees including ISO/ TC156/WG13 committee on high temperature testing.

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Dr Jonathan Fuller and Dr Meisam Jalalvand, Senior Researchers, University of Bristol

Dr Jonathan Fuller and Dr Meisam Jalalvand are Senior Researchers in the Advanced Composites Centre for Innovation and Science (ACCIS) at the University of Bristol. Both are involved with the EPSRC- funded High Performance Ductile Composite Technology Project to avoid catastrophic failure of composite materials. Dr Fuller's interests are in the testing and analysis of thin ply composites, whilst Dr Jalalvand's work focuses on hybrid composites with the capability of sensing and warning critical loading conditions through change of appearance.

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Tim Galsworthy, Head of Wing of the Future, Airbus

Tim Galsworthy is the Head of Wing of the Future where he is responsible for the integration and delivery of technologies and architectures that enable future Airbus products to retain their world leading position.

He has worked for Airbus for 38 years and has a background in manufacturing and engineering. He joined the company in 1978 as an apprentice Aircraft Fitter working on projects like VC10 Tanker conversion, F1-11 refurbishment and BAE146 assembly. After 11 years in manufacturing he worked as a structures design engineer on multiple Airbus programmes until leading his first team for the Nimrod MRA4 engine installation.

He went on to become the design integrator for A380 leading edge, then Wing Chief Designer on A400M. When A350 XWB was launched he led the technology development programme for Airbus’ first majority composite civil wing and empennage. When that was completed, Tim became the Head of Engineering on the A350-900 wing.

After nine years working on A350, seeing the programme from first ideas through to in-service, he joined the R&T community in January 2016 as Head of Wing of the Future.

Tim is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Advanced Engineering Adrian Goodbrand

Adrian Goodbrand, Product Sales Manager, VFE

Adrian has over 10years experience in the vacuum furnace industry in a variety of roles and a chartered engineer through the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. He is primarily involved in selling to the European Market with a focus on new products including Spark Plasma Sintering machines which are drawing increasing interest in a range of industries.

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Neil Gray, Global Market Manager, FST Products, Scott Bader

Neil Gray has a technical background, with a BSc (Hons) degree in chemistry and several years initially working in Scott Bader’s R & D and technical service centre in the UK. He combines his technical knowledge in the properties and processing of thermosetting resins for fabricating FRP composites with commercial experience and MBA based business skills. Over the last 10 years, Neil has been in various international business development roles, and since 2012 has been globally responsible for the range of high performance Crestapol urethane acrylate resins developed and manufactured by Scott Bader.

 Russell Greenwood, Operations Manager Dickinson Legg Ltd

 Russell has 20 years experience in the tobacco industry, starting his career at GBE Legg as an apprentice and progressed through engineering into sales.

After Dickinson acquired GBE Tobacco in 1998, Russell complemented his practical experience by obtaining a BEng Hons degree in mechanical design at Southampton Institute.

In 2007 Russell was appointed Spares Operations Manager and took responsibility for group spares including machine shop and store activities.

Advanced Engineering Stuart Gregory

Stuart Gregory, Managing Director, Petrofer UK PLC

Stuart Gregory the Managing Director of Petrofer UK and also a member of the Global Executive Committee.

Started as an Apprentice/Metallurgist with GKN, moved to become a Research Technician at Sheffield University then moved back into industry. First working as a Production Engineer, to a Production Manager and following the company closure moved into selling industrial process fluids as Technical Sales Manager with an Australian company. Some 21 years ago  moved to Petrofer UK working through Technical sales management and becoming MD over 4 years ago.

Advanced Engineering Jeremy Hadall

Jeremy Hadall, Head of Sector - Design and Production, IET

Jeremy is currently the Chief Technologist, Digital Engineering at the Manufacturing Technology Centre. The MTC is part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult and is based in Coventry, England.
He has been working in the field of automation for manufacturing since leaving University either as an Applications Engineer for ABB Robotics or as Senior Systems Engineer for Vanderlande Industries. Having joined the Manufacturing Technology Centre at its inception in 2010, he was responsible for the creation and development of the Intelligent Automation research theme. As the Manufacturing Technology Centre has grown, his role has evolved to become Chief Technologist for Digital Engineering for the MTC Group which encompasses the Lloyds Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre, MTC Operations and MTC Business Launch Centre. His primary interest remains in the application of robotics and autonomous systems for industry.

He is currently the chair of the IET Design and Production sector Executive Committee and has previously held a position on the Manufacturing TPN Executive Committee. Jeremy also chairs the High Value Manufacturing Catapult’s Automation Capability Forum and is a member of the British Automation and Robotics Association Council and the KTN’s Robotics and Autonomous Systems Special Interest Group Advisory Board. He is a Fellow of the institution and has been a member since 1992.

Martin Halpin, Innovation and Development Manager, Construction Composites Ltd

Martin studied Civil Engineering in Nottingham and has 30 years’ experience working for contracting and client organisations in a variety of roles on a wide ranging portfolio of construction schemes. His passion is infrastructure and he’s been fortunate over the last 12 years to be involved in numerous design and construction projects working in collaboration with client organisations, design and supply chain partners to deliver a wide range of bridge reconstructions, replacements and refurbishments using innovative solutions to overcome engineering challenges whilst placing safe by design, buildability, affordability, sustainability and whole life cost high on the agenda.

Advanced Engineering John Hammond

John  Edward Hammond, Inventor, Pre Cast Advanced Track Ltd (PCAT)

John is a Charted Engineer and a retired member of the Institution of Civil Engineers’ who graduated at Aston Polytechnic in 1965. His main engineering experience related to major highway and bridge design and construction and the asset management of highway networks including M25, Midlands Links and included the renewal of A38 Aston Expressway Tame Viaduct.

John first became involved with rail projects when working for Mott MacDonald, and in 2002 set up his company Pavement Innovations Ltd. Since then John has invented and designed the modular slab systems known as PreCast Advanced Track (PCAT), this represents a step change in modular slab track structures and has been conceived to meet railways challenges of  and high expectations required for the 21st century railway.
The unique precast slab invention is a “world first” for macro synthetic fibre reinforced concrete has been developed in conjunction with Elasto Plastic Concrete (EPC) using their Barchip™ fibres in conjunction with Finite Element Modelling undertaken by JKP Static in Hungary.

In 2016 PCAT won the “Most Innovative Product” award for excellence at the Rail LIVE 2016 show organised by the Rail Alliance.

In July the laboratory testing was completed by AECOM using the Rail Track Stiffness Tester this showed that PCAT-LRT track system even on a poor foundation has potential to deliver significant benefits compared to other slab systems.

John’s presentation at the Advanced Engineering Show will clearly show the future of railways can develop using the PCAT system and provide a railway track infrastructure fit for the 21st Century.

Luke Hampton, Senior Supply Chain Manager, SMMT

Steve Hancock,  LMAT

Steve Hancock is a technical consultant at LMAT, a leading consulting firm in the field of composites manufacturing and process simulation. Steve is also a co-founder of InCA Intelligent Cost Analysis, a spinout of LMAT specialising in software and services for technical cost modelling and technology evaluation.

Steve has a PhD in composite materials from the University of Bristol and has spent much of his career evaluating the business case for implementing new materials and manufacturing technologies in a wide range of industries and market segments.

Mark Harding, Manufacturing Project Leader, Bentley

Manufacturing Project Leader on Next Generation GT & Continental, Positions previously held within Bentley were Head of The Pre-series Centre and Head of Plant Engineering.

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Chris Hare, Research and Technology Manager, NetComposites

Chris has 16 years of direct composites manufacturing experience working in the design and supple of innovative composite components to mass transit, heavy vehicles, medical and construction sectors, from concept, design, manufacture and testing, through to product supply and support to customers. For the past 10 years he has been leading collaborative and commercial research projects across a variety of composite materials and processes.

 David Harris, Patent Attorney and Partner, Barker and Brettell

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Roy Harrison, Professor of Environmental Health, University of Birmingham

Roy Harrison is Queen Elizabeth II Birmingham Centenary Professor of Environmental Health at the University of Birmingham, UK, and also Distinguished Adjunct Professor at King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia. His research interests are in air pollution, especially airborne particulate matter. 

He has also been heavily engaged at the science/policy interface as a member of several government technical advisory groups for the Department of Health and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) in the U.K. including until recently membership of Defra’s Science Advisory Council. 

He was a contributor to the World Health Organization Global Air Quality Guidelines and the Guidelines for Quality of Indoor Air. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2004 New Year Honours List.  He is author of almost 500 papers in the peer-reviewed literature, and is listed by ISI as a Highly Cited Researcher.

*Part of the IMechE Brakes 2016 conference

Advanced Engineering Markus Heinimann

Markus Heinimann, Vice President - Engineered Products and Process Technology, Arconic Titanium and Engineered Products

Dr. Markus Heinimann is the Vice President, Engineered Product and Process Technology for Arconic Titanium and Engineered Products (ATEP).  In this role, Markus is leading the development and execution of the technology strategy for ATEP’s Engineered Products segment and Process Technology organization. He is responsible for advancing new and existing material, process, product and manufacturing technologies to meet the needs of the aerospace, defense, energy and other high tech segments.
Dr. Heinimann holds Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and Doctorate degrees in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Purdue University. Markus is a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and ASTM International Committee on Fatigue and Fracture where he chairs the ASTM sub-committee on Structural Applications. He has received the Award of Merit and title of Fellow from ASTM, and the Outstanding Aerospace Engineer Award from Purdue University.
Markus holds several US and International patents, and has authored more than 70 technical papers or presentations on aerospace materials, product development and structural design.

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Gavin Hill, Marketing Engineer, National Instruments

Gavin is a Technical Marketing Engineer for National Instruments, with a mechanical engineering background. He has primarily been involved with customers in the UK, Ireland, Norway and Denmark with a focus on new technology in the transition to Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

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Dr Lina Huertas, Technology Manager, Manufacturing Technology Centre

A mechanical engineer by training and system’s engineer by trade, with 10 years’ experience in defining, framing, developing and demonstrating informatics systems and the business models around them. Her experience includes a PhD in the application of informatics solutions to support quality improvement in manufacturing. In the past 5 years, she has been involved in participating in, forming and managing teams to deliver solutions that generate business benefits on the back of digital solutions, including: operational simulation, embedded prognostics systems and self-adaptive machines. This work has supported projects that have led to multimillion pound savings in industry. Currently, she is leading the Digital Manufacturing Strategy at the MTC and heading the Intelligent Automation & Informatics Theme, offering unique capabilities to develop and mature technological solutions for the UK manufacturing sector.

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Nashim Imam, Attorney, Phillips & Leigh

Nashim, a partner at Phillips & Leigh, is highly experienced in both patent and registered design work. He handles mechanical, electrical and software subject matter, including manufacturing processes, aerospace engineering and metallurgy. Nassim advises a wide range of clients from start-ups to multinational organisations, in drafting and prosecuting patent applications. He offers strategic portfolio management advice, to suit clients' commercial needs as well as providing support and training to achieve future research and development goals.

He spend eight years as a project manager in research and development for two multinational firms working within the aerospace industry. Further to his experience in carbon-based refractory crucibles for the non-ferrous industry, Nashim also has experience in various oxide refractory components such as thermal insulation products and injection moulding of ceramic cores for aerospace applications. Nashim has a BSc (Hons) in physics and a PhD in High Temperature Refractory/Metal Interaction from Birmingham University. Nashim's interest in the commercial exploitation and management of technology led him to undertake and gain an MBA with distinction from Aston Business School.

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Steve Johntson, Technical & Application Support Manager, Performance Lubricants Chemours UK Ltd

33 years in Engineering

25 years with ICI/ DuPont/ Chemours

B.Eng, Mechanical Engineering

16 years with Krytox

EMEA Technical Manager

Regional Product Steward

Aerospace & Aviation Business Development

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Allan Johnstone, Senior Project Engineer, Honda R&D Europe

Allan Johnstone has been working on braking systems for Honda since 1998. In that time he has worked on several research projects and developed several demonstration braking systems to deliver European brake feel. In developing the brake systems he has established  methodologies to understanding, evaluating and quantifying brake feeling, which been adopted world wide within Honda. Prior to working for Honda, Allan worked for Dennis Specialist Vehicles (DVS) with responsibility for braking system for fire engines and buses from pre build through to type approval. Before working at DSV, Allan worked as a development engineer for Terex Equipment where he worked on a prototype braking system for heavy duty dump trucks.

Over these years Allan has developed a passion to understand and produce brake feeling that exceeds the customer expectations.

*Part of the IMechE Brakes 2016 conference

Advanced Engineering Gareth Jones

Gareth Jones, Managing Director, In-Comm Training & Business Services Ltd

Gareth Jones, MD of In-Comm Training and Business Services, brings us up to date by unpicking the frameworks and standards associated with Apprenticeship Trailblazers and how companies will be affected by the much publicised new ‘levy’. He will also talk through the importance of closer working relationships between industry and academia, including his firm’s involvement in groundbreaking collaborations within Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering.

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Ajay Kapadia, Knowledge Transfer Manager - Advanced Composites, Knowledge Transfer Network

Ajay Kapadia has a B.Eng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering and an M.Sc. in Advanced Manufacturing Systems. Since completing his formal training, Ajay has held a number of manufacturing engineering roles working with Composite Materials in a variety of Industrial Sectors. From working in Industry, he moved into R&D and set up TWI’s Adhesives, Composites and Sealants Contract R&D business. Ajay is currently Knowledge Transfer Manager for Advanced Composites at the Knowledge Transfer Network, an Innovate UK funded initiative to help businesses innovate and grow using technology.

Jon Kimber, Robotics and Automation - Product Line Specialist, Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence

Jon Kimber is a Product Line Specialist for Robotics and Automation at Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence.  He has been with Hexagon for 17 years and has progressed through business units gaining experience in metrology software, hardware, sales and now turnkey solutions.  He obtained his BEng in Mechanical Engineering at Portsmouth University in 1994 and spent 3 years designing and building special purpose machinery before joining Hexagon.  Jon is passionate about efficiency, technology and continuous improvement and his current role utilises state of the art dimensional metrology sensors in automated manufacturing applications to improve process quality.

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Konstantinos Kontis, Head of the Aerospace Sciences Division, University of Glasgow

Konstantinos Kontis is a world-leading authority in aerodynamics, wind tunnel testing, flow control, shock physics and diagnostics. He is  the Mechan Chair of Engineering and the Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Glasgow. As Head of the Aerospace Sciences Division, he is providing leadership and is in charge of strategy, decision-making, development of initiatives and collaborations, and line-management of members of staff. He is representing the University of Glasgow in a number of committees and working groups worldwide, where he is contributing to the Aeronautics and Space Strategy. He leads and coordinates the University of Glasgow 'National Wind Tunnel and Testing Facilities / ESA-ESTEC Facility' Centre. He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society (FRAeS), the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (FIMechE), and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (FAIAA). In May 2016, he was elected Director-at-Large of the AIAA Board of Directors, USA.

*Part of the IMechE Aviation Aerodynamics 2016 conference

Dr Aiden J Lockwood, Project Manager, Integrated Manufacturing Group

Dr Aiden Lockwood is Technical Fellow for Industry 4.0 and Manufacturing Informatics at Factory 2050, within the Integrated Manufacturing Group, part of the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC). He has a diverse background extending across academic research, engineering and manufacturing. Having graduated in 2005 with a Master’s degree in Control Systems, and again in 2008 with a PhD in Engineering Materials, Aiden then spent 4 years working in academic research at the University of Sheffield, before moving into a R&D role at Sandvik Coromant, developing high performance solid carbide tooling for advanced aerospace applications. Aiden joined the AMRC in November 2014, and is currently responsible for a large programme of work within the Aerospace sector, as well as being responsible for developing and delivering a number of projects under the Industry 4.0 theme. In the future, Aiden is keep to develop more research activities drawing low TRL technologies into manufacturing and developing highly intelligent, connected manufacturing environments.

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Candice Majewski, Mechanical Engineering Lecturer, Sheffield University

Candice is a Mechanical Engineering lecturer with over 15 years' experience in the field of Additive Manufacturing. During this time she has focussed much of her research towards improving materials and processes in order to increase their potential for widespread industrial usage. In 2011 she received the International Outstanding Young Researcher in Freeform and Additive Manufacturing award, awarded annually to recognise an outstanding young researcher in the field of Additive Manufacturing. She is currently managing a number of Government and Industry-funded projects aimed at developing and improving powder-based polymer techniques.

Candice is a founding member of the University of Sheffield's Centre for Advanced Additive Manufacturing (AdAM), an inter-disciplinary research group comprising members from across the University, and manages the Centre's Polymer Sintering Laboratory. She was also responsible for introducing the teaching Additive Manufacturing into her Department's curriculum, and regularly engages in a range of Outreach activities in this area.

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Lucas Marchesini, Business Development Manager, Engineering Services, BSIM Engineering

A manager with more than 18 years of working experience in international environments in the industrial sectors of Aerospace, Automotive, Micro-mechanical, Electronics and Software. In particular, experience gained in the aeronautical and car racing fields has deepened expertise in aerodynamics, simulation and vehicle dynamics.

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Dr Ian Mellor, Metalysis 

Ian has a background in physical chemistry and was awarded a PhD in Heterogeneous Catalysis from the Nottingham Trent University. He has over ten years industrial experience leading teams, developing new products and commercialising technologies, primarily in the alternative energy and metals industries. Since joining Metalysis, Ian has developed and led the Technology team to improve the chemistry and morphology of the products, primarily for Tantalum and Titanium. He has also provided support to the Engineering team for the scale-up of the process. 

Advance Engineering Andrew Mills

Andrew Mills, Research Group Leader, Cranfield University

Andrew Mills is a Principal Investigator for the Cranfield Composites Centre. He leads the development of technology for the cost effective manufacturing of lightweight composite structures in close partnership with industry.

Over his thirty years’ experience in composites manufacturing research, he has developed a strong track record in knowledge exchange and economic impacting activities. One of the most significant was leading the  Airbus UK / Cranfield project ‘AMCAPS’; which investigated novel materials and process technology for large composite wing manufacture, some techniques from which have now been qualified for manufacturing the Airbus A380.

Recent grants include: EPSRC/BAES funded FLAVIIR (Flapless Unmanned Aircraft – Composites Manufacturing), which developed low cost manufacturing technology for unmanned aircraft airframes. These were demonstrated through manufacture of a wing-box and an all carbon fibre composite airframe for a flight demonstrator aircraft, DEMON. The project was awarded a BAE SYSTEMS Chairman’s Silver award and The Engineer Magazine’s Aerospace Award. 

Currently alongside carbon fibre manufacturing technology research he is leading two AMSCI projects which are developing knowledge tools for carbon fibre composites design for manufacture.

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Rob Neumann, Moldex

Rob Neumann is a composite engineer with structural and design experience. He completed a Ph.D  in composite materials in 2001 and then proceeded to  work in Formula 1. During that time he was involved in 3 world championships wins.  He was a founding director of Moldex Composites based in India. This company was built up from a green field site in Gujarat. His time is now spent between the UK and India.

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Mike Orange, MD Responsible for Engineering & Design, Cecence

Mike co-founded Cecence with Humphrey Bunyan in 2014 to enable cross sector applications of composite technology and material development. Cecence have been keen to both develop novel solutions and new materials, with an equal stress on the adaptation of production methods to allow for faster processing and consequently greater take up of composite materials. He is a structural engineer with a degree in naval architecture, specialising in complex engineering modelling and design programmes. Prior to Cecence he spent over 14 years in the marine industry, including 5 years as Head of Custom Sales and Engineering for hood yacht Spars Ltd and 8 years as Technical Director of Ocean Yacht Systems Ltd. Mike is an innovator with a proven track record in developing and bringing new and technically complex solutions to the market. His wealth of contacts and his general reputation in the composite industry are well known.

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Holly Phillips, Principal Naval Architect, RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution)

Holly is the RNLI's Principal Naval Architect. She is a Chartered Engineer and has worked in the marine industry for over 20 years. This included completing her PhD reviewing the damage tolerance of composite structures and working for a company designing high lift ships' rudders. Now at the RNLI, Holly manages the team of naval architects responsible for the structural and stability aspects of the RNLI fleet. In addition, Holly was the Project Manager for the RNLI's new E-Class lifeboats that operate on the River Thames. She represents the RNLI on a number of external committees and advisory boards and is a Visiting Fellow at the University of Southampton with which the RNLI has an Advanced Technology Partnership. Holly was an operational crew member at the RNLI's Poole Lifeboat Station and enjoys the sport of Cornish Pilot Gig racing in her spare time.

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Gareth Pierce,  University of Strathclyde/ Advanced Forming Research Centre


Gareth Pierce is a member of the Centre for Ultrasonic Engineering (CUE) in the department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering (EEE) at The University of Strathclyde. His research interests include robotic delivery platforms for Non-Destructive Testing & Evaluation (NDT&E) - encompassing both fixed industrial robotics, and mobile vehicle technologies (including UAVs) for applications in engineering inspection. He is EU Robotics member (inspection & maintenance and construction automation topic groups) for the UK Research Centre in Non Destructive Testing (RCNDE), member of the Association for Robots in Architecture, and Technical Committee member for the European Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring.
He manages the Facility for Innovation and Research in Structural Testing (FIRST) laboratory at Strathclyde University with state of the art metrology and robotics equipment funded through EPSRC EP/G038627/1-New Imaging Systems for Advanced Non-Destructive Evaluation – this facility is focussed on knowledge exchange and technology transfer.  He collaborates closely with the HVM Catapult Centres (notably the Advanced Forming Research Centre and the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre) through the Innovate UK/ ATI funded project on next generation wing structures (VIEWS programme 113040), and EPSRC EP/N018427/1, Autonomous Inspection in Manufacturing & Remanufacturing.

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Daniele Poletto, Principal Brake Systems Engineer, McLaren Automotive


Daniele Poletto graduated in Mechanical engineering at the University of Padova in 2004, receiving a Master Degree in Vehicle Engineering in 2006 at the University of Modena. During the master, he joined as stageur Ducati Corse in the Vehicle Dynamics team working with the set up and tyre performance tooling for MotoGP project.

In 2006, Daniele joined Ferrari Gran Turismo in the Reliability and Durability department as Performance Engineer supporting the definition of durability methodology and targets for all mechanical systems for the 599, California and 458 projects.

In 2008 his role changed to Vehicle Development engineer for the 599GTO project being involved in the development of the brake systems, dynamics, NVH and Vehcile performance.
In 2011 he was Senior Engineer responsible for the mechanical and hybrid systems performance and development of the F12 and LaFerrari.

Daniele joined McLaren automotive in 2014 as Senior Development engineer for Super Series and in 2016 was nominated Principal Engineer for Brakes Systems being responsible for concept, design and development for all McLaren projects.

*Part of the IMechE Brakes 2016 conference

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Ivan Popovic, Project Lead – Propulsion Concepts, Rolls-Royce

Ivan Popovic earned B. Eng and M.Sc. in Aerospace Engineering from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada before completing PhD at the Whittle Laboratory at Cambridge University.

Prior to joining Rolls-Royce he worked at the National Research Council of Canada on external aerodynamics and for Fairchild-Dornier in Germany as aircraft performance engineer. In 2010, Ivan joined Rolls-Royce Thermo-Fluids team to work on Trent XWB-97k and future programmes.

He is currently leading Novel Propulsion Concepts in the Future Technologies Group working on distributed power and propulsion.

*Part of the IMechE Aviation Aerodynamics 2016 conference

Nick Probert, Head of Business Development Australasia, Sicut Enterprises Ltd

Nick Probert has over 15 years experience within the steel shipping market. Nick has worked with Strang Systems since 2006 to patent and commercialise innovative packaging, loading concepts and new securing systems to transport steel and heavy cargo in standard shipping containers around the world.  Using his extensive expertise, Nick exploited new markets for steel and other primary industries, and introduced Greenfield operations in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Europe, USA, and Africa. Nick is a highly experienced shipping and logistics professional, and completed his Masters from Swinburne University in Entrepreneurship and Innovation in 2007, and was awarded the Lloyds DCN Australian Young Achiever award in 2009.

Tim Pulford, Chief Engineer, Horiba Mira

Tim graduated from Brunel University in 1992 and joined MIRA as a graduate engineer. He soon joined the Vehicle Dynamics team and developed skills in objective testing, subjective assessment and vehicle dynamics attribute development.   In the late 90’s and early 2000’s Tim was involved in significant vehicle dynamics development projects for the Ford Motor Company including the Ford Transit, Fiesta and Focus and was the Vehicle Dynamics PAT leader for the original Ford Transit Connect.

In the past decade Tim has been involved in a leading a large number of chassis development programmes for Chinese OEM’s in addition to consulting on Vehicle Dynamics projects for Korean, European and UK OEMs.

Tim is now a Chief Engineer within the Vehicle Engineering Product Group and has the responsibility for the technical delivery of projects within Chassis Engineering and research into technologies which will influence the design and development of the chassis systems of the future.  Tim is also MIRA’s representative for the Cambridge Vehicle Dynamics Consortium, established by Cambridge University to perform research into the dynamics of Heavy Commercial Vehicles.

Advanced Engineering Jacob Pulley

Jacob Pulley, Engineering Apprentice, Hybrid Air Vehicles Ltd

Jacob Pulley was born in Stevenage and originally lived in Letchworth before moving to Shortstown, Bedford, where he could see the Cardington Hangars from his bedroom window. He went to Shortstown Lower School (where the logo on the school uniform is a conventional airship!) before going on to Abbey Middle School, in Elstow. Following this he attended Samuel Whitbread Academy from Year 9 to the end of Sixth Form.

Whilst at Samuel Whitbread he completed his GCSEs, where he worked hard to achieve a Grade B in both Resistant Materials Technology and Level 2 Diploma in Engineering. In Sixth Form he took his A-levels, achieving a Grade C in both Level 3 Engineering and Mathematics for Engineers.
At school Jacob was deeply involved in Young Engineers Formula 24 Team, who race the electric car that they built at regional and national events. Whilst completing his A-levels Jacob got himself a part time job working at Greggs Bakery.

Once he had completed his A-levels, Jacob continued at Greggs full time whilst waiting for his apprenticeship interview and to hear whether or not he got the role at Hybrid Air Vehicles. After finding out that he'd got the apprenticeship, Jacob started working at Hybrid Air Vehicles on the 7th September 2015.

In his time with the company so far, Jacob has been heavily involved in the production of the Airlander: he has assisted with engine building as well as the follow-up testing, working on electrical and mechanical systems inside the hull, and attaching major fixtures to the outside – including engines, Fins, and the Mission and Fuel Modules, to name a few. He also rigged the fins and was involved with airfield activity, such as preparing the Towable Mission Module (TMM) in the mooring circle.

Jacob has also had some amazing opportunities such as meeting the Duke of Kent, manning the stand at Farnborough Air Show Futures Day and many other STEM events.

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Dr. Simon Romani, Technical Director, LPD Lab Services


I am a laboratory Technical Director with LPD Lab Services where my role is mainly customer facing dealing with complex technical enquiries from quotation generation, through project management to delivery and interpretation. I also have a direct role in providing SEM/EDX and SIMS analytical expertise, as well as additional backup in XPS activities.


I joined LPD from the University of Liverpool, where I managed the electron microscopy unit for over 9 years, culminating in the successful completion of a 3-year project to design, build and then manage the "Nano-Investigation Centre at Liverpool" (NiCaL). This included the role of Technical and Industrial Liaison Manager - managing a technical team providing Small and Medium Enterprise businesses with analytical assistance using the in-house SEM, TEM and dual-beam FIB facilities. 


My SIMS knowledge was largely developed working for MATS (UK), prior to it being bought out by the former CSMA, and before that at the National Microelectronic Research Centre (NMRC, now Tyndall National Institute) in Ireland. 


Prior to NMRC, I worked at the Atomic Energy Authority's Harwell Laboratory (now AEA Technology plc), with stints in the Materials Characterisation and CVD and Diamond Technology Groups after completion of my PhD in Ion Implantation.

Advanced Engineering Henry Sarle-Cooke

Henry Sarel-Cooke, GKN


Develop current Structures business (chassis and bolt-on components) in steel in markets including; Automotive; Off-Highway and Defence, in steel and aluminium. Project Manager and key developer of light weight strategy into high volume automotive, concentrating on exploiting this technology on next vehicle platforms (2020/21).


Caparo AP Braking. Commercial Director. Instigator in the development of a complete brake system, including regenerative braking for several French electric vehicles. Headed team that developed light weight brake systems for Formula Renault and VW Racing and then promoted these into the upgrade kit market.

Armstrong Atlas Fasteners. Commercial Director. Atlas was a major supplier into the automotive sector and oversaw the promotion and development of the Taptite system into the automotive and further develop other sectors, Motorbike and construction.

Will Searle, Founder & Director, Axillium Research

Will Searle is the founder of Axillium Research, a recognised leader in public/private investment, strategic cooperation and innovation programme delivery. Will founded Axillium in 2007 to support manufacturing supply chains to better engage with OEM led research and development. Today Axillium provides innovation management and consultancy services to over 165 organisations working to research high value added ICT, Manufacturing and Advanced Materials technologies. As Programme Director of the Composites Innovation Cluster, Will has led the creation, bidding and management of the programme in close collaboration with the national composites industry, academic partners and industrial stakeholders.

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Paul Sherratt, Senior Lecturer - Sports Technology Institute, Loughborough University

Paul Sherratt is a Senior Lecturer at the Sports Technology Institute at Loughborough University, where he also obtained his PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Materials.

Advanced Engineering William Simpson

William Simpson, Student Design engineer, ULV Team, Arion 2, University of Liverpool Velocipede Team

4th year mechanical engineering student at the University of Liverpool, recently returned from racing the Arion 2 at the World Human Powered Speed Challenge, now working on third land speed bike, the ‘Arion 3.

Advance Engineering Jasmin Stein

Dr.Jasmin Stein, Senior Project Leader, TWI Ltd

Dr Jasmin Stein is a senior project leader at TWI Ltd. She has ten years’ experience in composite processing, mechanical testing, non-destructive testing and structural health monitoring. She received her PhD in Advanced Composite Materials from The University of Manchester in 2013. Jasmin has technically managed and coordinated many UK (EPSRC, Innovate UK) and EU funded research projects (FP7 and H2020), involving composite development, structural health monitoring and process monitoring.

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Daren Steward, DSA Programmes and Office Management Group Leader, Jaguar Land Rover

Daren Steward joined Rover Group in 1990 straight after graduating from Hatfield Polytechnic with an Engineering Degree and has been at the company that become JLR ever since.  After completing the graduate training scheme, Daren started working within the Chassis department and has focused on brake systems since 1993. 

After working on many vehicles including the MGF, Rover 75, Land Rover Freelander, Range Rover and Jaguar XJ, he became the Technical Specialist for Braking Attributes in 2006.  In this role, he had the task of understanding what the customer desires when they press the brake pedal, from a feel, performance and refinement perspective and from what they expected from the parking systems. 

Since 2015 Daren has been the Group Leader for Deceleration and Stability Attributes (the new name for Braking) Programmes which is the role responsible for managing the delivery of all JLR programmes for this Attribute.

*Part of the IMechE Brakes 2016 conference

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Norman Thornton, Engineering Integrity Society

Norman Thornton haas been involved in the dynamic testing of components and assemblies in most industries but especially in Automotive and Aerospace. He is now a consultant but has previously held senior positions in global companies with responsibilities for Design, Testing, and Manufacturing.



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Andrew Triantaphyllou, Senior Research Engineer, Manufacturing Technology Centre

Andrew Triantaphyllou is a Principal Engineer at the MTC on the subject of Design for Additive Manufacturing.  His research focuses on increasing the value proposition of AM by improving the designer’s toolset and by increasing knowledge of design best practice. Current projects are optimisations of engineering components and assemblies for AM plus advice on AM design methodology and integration with existing company workflow.

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Georgios Tsampardoukas, Frictionless Braking – Research Lead Engineer, Jaguar Land Rover

Georgios Tsampardoukas has more than nine years of experience in the Automotive industry and more than 15+ on software development. Since 2014, Georgios is leading a research in advanced chassis control systems at R&D department in Jaguar Land Rover.

Georgios obtained his MSc on Automotive Engineering in 2003, PhD in vehicle dynamics and chassis control systems  in 2007 and MSc in Control Engineering in 2011. Georgios published several research papers in international conferences and journals.
Prior to joining Jaguar Land Rover, Georgios held a position as a post-doctoral researcher in Coventry University in the area of model based embedded software applications and hardware-in-the-loop validation methods.

*Part of the IMechE Brakes 2016 conference

Advance Engineering Walter Valdsman

Walter Veldsman, Business Development Manager, Applications

Walter Veldsman joined BOC in 1992.  Walter has over 40 years experience within engineering and manufacturing, including experience in engineering design, project management, product, market, sales and business development.  Over the past few years, Walter has been responsible for bringing the CRYOCLEAN application to the United Kingdom and Ireland market, as well as setting up the CRYOCLEAN demonstration facility, situated in Wolverhampton.

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Michele Vianello, Brakes Development Engineer, Bentley Motors

Michele Vianello graduated in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Padova and subsequently gained a Master’s Degree in Vehicle Engineering from the University of Pisa.  His thesis was carried out in conjunction with Cranfield University, in the area of thermo-mechanical aspects of automotive brake discs.

He then successfully completed a PhD at the same University, with support from Jaguar Land Rover, focusing his attention on brake noise and vibration. His research was part of a 3-year programme of applied research into the mechanism of disc brake squeal and CAE, which aimed to develop new guidelines in order to predict noise propensity from brake system design parameters, from the initial stage of brake design.

Moving from Academia to Industry, he is currently working for Bentley Motors UK as a specialist engineer, responsible for brake development in all aspects of NVH refinement.

*Part of the IMechE Brakes 2016 conference

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Dr. Nils Wagner, Senior Engineer, INTES GmbH

Nils Wagner graduated in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Brunswick - Institute of Technology. His diploma thesis was carried out in conjunction with the University of Innsbruck, in the area of random response of rotating systems. He then successfully completed a PhD at TU Braunschweig, but at the faculty of Civil Engineering, focusing his attention on a coupled FEM/BEM analysis method of a moving mass problem.

In 1999, Nils moved to the faculty of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Stuttgart as a Post-Doc. Prior to his industrial activities, Nils held a position as a post-doctoral researcher in University of Stuttgart in the area of parameter-dependent eigenvalue problems.

Moving from Academia to Industry, he is currently working for INTES GmbH, Stuttgart, Germany as a senior engineer, responsible for trainings, benchmarks and conference contributions in all aspects of CAE by using the commercial FEA package PERMAS and the corresponding pre- and postprocessor VisPER with emphasis on structural dynamics and optimization.

*Part of the IMechE Brakes 2016 conference

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Giles Waterhouse, NDT Manager, Marine Results

Since graduating in Business from Solent University continued to work in the sailing industry, primarily on the racing yacht circuit completing some of the classic offshore races around the world and rigging for a round the world racing team. Interweaved this with working for Marine Results to service and manage the masts and rigging, including dye penetrant inspections, aboard some of the worlds largest sailing yachts. For the past 3 years have become involved in the interesting and rapidly expanding world of NDT of these yachts and motor vessels of all sizes, specialising in Ultrasonics. Marine Results now offers a comprehensive service providing Dye Penetrant and Ultrasonic inspections, designing bespoke monitoring or evaluation packages to suit various scenarios from quality assurance at build to in-service inspection of damage.

Dr Brendon Weager, Technical Director, NetComposites Ltd

Brendon Weager is the Technical Director for the NetComposites Group and was Project Manager for the CiC BIOCOMP project. He is responsible for the Biotex natural fibre reinforcement and Ecopreg sustainable prepreg products ranges at Composites Evolution. He has coordinated a wide range of R&D projects and has led a number of breakthrough developments in biocomposites and other novel composite systems. He has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from University of Nottingham and previously worked as a trainee engineer for Ford Motor Company.

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Dr Simon Weeks, Chief Technology Officer, Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI)

Dr Simon Weeks was appointed Chief Technology Officer of the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) in September 2014, assuming responsibility for technology leadership of the ATI. Prior to joining the institute, Simon spent most of his professional career in Rolls-Royce, most recently as Head of Aerospace Research & Technology leading the global research and technology programme for future jet engines for Rolls-Royce.

Before this, Simon has held a number of other senior technical leadership roles in Rolls-Royce including Director of engineering operations for Aero Engine Controls (a RR-Goodrich Joint venture company) and Technical Director for Eurojet in Munich (leading the development of the EJ200 engine for the Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft). In his time in Rolls-Royce, Simon worked over half of his career in research & technology activities.

Simon is a chartered engineer and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society. He gained a MA in chemistry and a DPhil in the electro-chemistry of fuel cells at Oxford University.

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Stuart Wilders, Business Strategy - Manufacturing, BOC Gases Ltd

Stuart Wilders joined BOC in 2015, having previously held Marketing Management roles over the past ten years; his most recent role as Group Marketing Manager within a Europe-wide industrial cooling business.  Within his current role, Stuart is responsible for BOC’s marketing strategy within manufacturing industries including Automotive and Aerospace, while involved in application technology development and managing BOC’s involvement within manufacturing processes including CO2 cleaning, additive manufacturing, thermal spraying, surface cleaning, plastic injection moulding and extrusion foaming.

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Dr Tracey Wond, Head of Research (College of Business), University of Derby

Tracey is engaged with research that advances the practice of evaluation. Tracey has engaged in academic debate surrounding evaluation through international public management journal contributions (Public Management Review, Policy and Society, International Journal of Public Administration) and conferences (International Research Society for Public Management), as well as practitioner arenas (UK Evaluation Society nationally and regionally). Tracey was involved in the programme at the heart of this conference presentation, leading on the Return on Investment work stream, which delivered toolkits to supported the value and impact of employer-engaged provision to be measured.

Tracey is a Senior Lecturer and Chair of College Research in the College of Business, University of Derby.

Jason Wyles, Managing Director, Perfect Bore Manufacturing Ltd

Jason is the Managing Director and has been with Perfect Bore for 14 years now having started out as Financial Controller when it was owned by an American conglomerate and undertaking a number of years as Commercial Director.

Previously Jason has worked in the healthcare/recruitment, publishing and retail sectors after leaving the Army where he served for 14 years and qualified as a Management Accountant.

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Mr. Imré YAGUE, Manager, SONACA

Imré Yague is a technical manager with more than 20 years of experience within aerospace industry.

His technical expertise includes complex structures design from concept to detailed but also CAD tools and methodology.

His competence in technical and people management comes from experience of leading several design teams insides the company but also in offshore situation.

He is today in charge of the development of Engineering Services for Sonaca. He has a Master's degree, Mechanical Engineering from “Université Catholique de Louvain” (Belgium 1988) and a Master in management in EPM School (Business, Management, Marketing and Strategy - 2008).

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Dr Yuri Zhuk, Technical Director, Hardide Coatings Limited

Dr Yuri Zhuk is a founding Director of Hardide Coatings Ltd, which developed advanced tungsten carbide coatings produced by its patented Chemical Vapour Deposition technology. Hardide coatings can be applied accurately on complex geometry parts to improve their resistance to wear, erosion and corrosion. The coatings are used by blue-chip customers including leading oil and gas service companies, valve and pump manufacturers, aircraft producers. Yuri is responsible for the company’s technology, R&D, patenting, production improvement and applications development programmes. Dr.Zhuk started carrier as a scientist and later became a technology entrepreneur, gaining over 20 years of successful international technology business experience. Yuri holds MSc (with Distinction) and PhD degree in Plasma Physics and Chemistry from the Lomonosov Moscow State University and an MBA from the UK Open University, is an author of several patents, scientific and technical publications, presented Hardide at the leading industrial conferences.

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