The Royal Academy of Engineering has appointed 28 senior industrial engineers as Visiting Professors at universities around the country.

The scheme provides financial support for experienced industrial engineers to deliver face-to-face teaching and mentoring at a host institution for three years. Engineering undergraduates benefit from an enhanced understanding of the role of engineering and the way it is practised, along with its challenges and demands, in companies dealing with issues including crucial infrastructure and advanced robotics.

The programme also enables the engineers to contribute to postgraduate teaching and curriculum development, to continue the impact of the scheme beyond the length of the appointment.

The Visiting Professors are:

  • Steven Adams (formerly Ford Motor Company) and Sam Beale (formerly Rolls-Royce) at Cambridge University
    Visiting Professors in Team-based Learning
  • Anthony Banford (National Nuclear Laboratory) at the University of Manchester
    Visiting Professor in Next Generation Nuclear Chemical Engineers
  • Robert William Shanks (formerly Sandvik Limited) at Coventry University
    Enhancing student engagement in sustainable manufacture using practice-based supervision
  • Dr Caspar Clark (Helia Photonics Ltd) at the University of the West of Scotland
    Visiting Professor in Functional Thin Film Materials & Applications
  • Dr Paul A Davies (Lloyd’s Register) at Liverpool John Moores University
    Visiting Professor in Risk Assessment and Marine Technology
  • Peter Debney (Ove Arup & Partners Ltd) at the University of Bradford
    Visiting Professor in Structural Engineering Design and Computer Simulation
  • Dr Allen J Edwards (formerly UKAEA) at Cardiff University
    Visiting Professor in Nuclear Engineering
  • Steve Franklin (Philips Research) at the University of Sheffield
    Visiting Professor in Bioengineering Industrial Innovation and Exploitation
  • Dr Martin Goosey (MTG Research Ltd) at Loughborough University
    Visiting Professor in Sustainable Electronics Manufacturing
  • Robert Harris (Ove Arup & Partners Ltd) at University of Southampton
    Visiting Professor in Auditorium and Building Acoustics
  • Robert Ian Hutchison (Corbil Ltd) at University College London
    Visiting Professor in the Application and Development of Academic Learning into the Railway Domain
  • Andrew Jackson (Foster + Partners) at the University of Sheffield
    Visiting Professor in Sustainable Building Design – funded by the Happold Foundation
  • Steve Kaye (Anglian Water Services Ltd) at Brunel University London
    Preparing students to tackle key industrial water challenges
  • Andrew  Bryan Langridge (PRICE Systems Ltd) at the University of Bath
    Visiting Professor in Whole Life Cost Engineering and Cost Data Management
  • Dr Jon Machtynger (IBM UK) at the University of Surrey
    Visiting Professor in Artificial Intelligence and Cloud Innovation
  • Tony Morgan (IBM Global Technology Services) at the University of Leeds
    Visiting Professor in Innovation in Industry
  • Dr Nelson Ogunshakin OBE (Association for Consultancy and Engineering) at Aston University
    Visiting Professor in Engineering and Infrastructure Leadership
  • Dr Vili Panov (Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery Ltd) at the University of Lincoln
    Visiting Professor in Gas Turbine Performance Diagnostics and Health Management
  • Dr Richard Pearson at Brunel University London
    Visiting Professor in Advanced Powertrain and Fuels
  • Xavier Poteau (Sellafield Ltd) at the University of Manchester
    Visiting Professor in Robotics for Nuclear Decommissioning
  • Graeme Shaw (London Underground) at the University of Southampton
    Visiting Professor in Integrated Construction and Project Management
  • Dr Andrew Sherlock (ShapeSpace Ltd) at the University of Edinburgh
    Visiting Professor in Product Design for Profitability
  • Martin Simpson (ARUP) at the University of Liverpool
    Visiting Professor in Digital Design, Construction and Collaboration in the Built Environment
  • Kevin Steptoe (Sondrel Ltd) at University of York
    Visiting Professor in Management, Design and Fabrication of Digital Devices and Systems
  • Vaughan Thomas (Tillingbourne Consulting Limited) at University College London
    Visiting Professor in Engineering Design of Next Generation Biomanufacturing Processes
  • Paul Tymkow (Hoare lea LLP) at Brunel University London
    Visiting Professor in Sustainable Built Environment Engineering
  • Dr David R S Williams (WSP|PB) at Loughborough University
    Visiting Professor in Sustainable Building Physics
  • Teo Heng Jimmy Yang (Olympus Surgical Technology Europe) at Cardiff University
    Visiting Professor in Medical Device Design

Notes for editors

  1. Visiting Professors scheme. This industry-into-academia initiative aims to utilise the experience of the Visiting Professors to enhance student learning as well as the employability and skills of UK engineering graduates.

    Under the scheme, senior industry practitioners deliver face to face teaching and mentoring at the host university. They may also contribute to postgraduate teaching, curriculum development (such as the development of new modules/programmes) and strategy development. This award provides up to £10,000 per year over three years for a Visiting Professor to support the university with these activities.

    Visiting Professors - further information
  2. Royal Academy of Engineering. As the UK’s national academy for engineering, we bring together the most successful and talented engineers for a shared purpose: to advance and promote excellence in engineering. We provide analysis and policy support to promote the UK’s role as a great place to do business. We take a lead on engineering education and we invest in the UK’s world-class research base to underpin innovation. We work to improve public awareness and understanding of engineering. We are a national academy with a global outlook.

    We have four strategic challenges:
    - Make the UK the leading nation for engineering innovation
    - Address the engineering skills crisis
    - Position engineering at the heart of society
    - Lead the profession

For more information please contact:

Aaron Boardley at the Royal Academy of Engineering
T: 020 7766 0655
E: aaron.boardley@raeng.org.uk