Wed, 07 October, 2020
Welcome to a new webinar series presented by former student Warren Bath
As the world has transitioned into virtual events this year, we have decided to take this opportunity to broaden your knowledge on what NSIRC has to offer and the kind of experience a student and industrial / academic organisations can expect from joining the programme.
Special guests from industry and academic partners
This month, we will be joined by representatives from Lloyd’s Register Foundation (LRF) and Brunel University London.
Our guests will be with us to answer any questions regarding the benefits to industry that academia provides, the current topics available, support provided to our students and much more.
- Thursday 22 October 2020
- 13:00 – 14:00 (BST)
- Zoom Webinar
NSIRC prepares postgraduate students for careers in industry and supports their journey in achieving their goals. As the world has transitioned into virtual events this year, we at NSIRC have decided to take this opportunity to broaden your knowledge on postgraduate academia within industry has to offer and the kind of experience a student and industrial / academic organisations can expect from joining the programme.
This month, we are lucky enough to be joined by representatives from Lloyd’s Register Foundation and Brunel University London, who are both proud sponsors of NSIRC. They will be providing their views on topics such as the industrial benefit of supporting the programme and their involvement with the students.
Agenda - Insight into NSIRC
Meet our Speakers
Lloyd's Register Foundation is a registered charity that wants to make the world a safer place. By support emerging technologies and providing industrial insight, the Foundation aims to safeguard life and structures with advances in engineering education and research.
Brunel University is an undergraduate and postgraduate, times higher education university based in west London. A founding partner of NSIRC since 2012, Brunel launched the Structural Integrity PhD programme before adding two further courses (Oil and Gas Engineering MSc and Structural Integrity MSc) with a third beginning in 2021 (Lightweight Structures).
Professor Geoff Rodgers, Vice Provost – Research, Brunel University London
Professor Rodgers was appointed to Brunel University in 1989 as a lecturer in Physics, becoming a Reader in Mathematical Physics in 2001 and Professor of Theoretical Physics in 2003. In 2004 he joined the Brunel Graduate School and was appointed Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research in 2008. He was promoted to Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research in 2014. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and the Higher Education Academy. He is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Havana, Cuba. Between 2010 and 2014 he chaired the Research Excellence Group of London Higher, made up of the PVCs for Research of the universities in London. Professor Rodgers is currently leading the Science and Innovation Audit on Sustainable Airports on behalf of BEIS.
As Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation, Professor Rodgers is responsible for all aspects of the research strategy and operations at Brunel University London. He has lead a number of multi-partner academic projects including NSIRC with TWI, BP, Lloyd's Register and Network Rail, the Women in Engineering Programme and the initiation of a STEM Learning Centre at Brunel.
Professor Tat-Hean Gan, Director, NSIRC
Alongside being the Director for the National Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRC), the UK’s first industry-led, postgraduate education and research centre in structural integrity, which is based at TWI, Tat-Hean is also Director of Innovation and Skills at TWI and Director of Brunel Innovation Centre (BIC). He has a first-class honours degree in electrical and electronics engineering from the University of Nottingham and an MSc in Advanced Mechanical Engineering with the University of Warwick where he also continued his PhD studies in Engineering, and has an Executive MBA from the University of Birmingham. Tat-Hean is a professor at Brunel University London, where he is also the chair of acoustic Waves Technologies in the School of Engineering and Design. His research areas are signal and image processing, sensor development, artificial intelligence (AI), digital twin, asset integrity management and structural assessment.
With over 10 years of experience in Non-Destructive Testing (NDT), Tat-Hean has published more than 100 papers and has contributed to several books in the field of NDT. He is a Fellow of the British Institute of NDT and also the Institute of Engineering and Technology.
Warren Bath, Group Manager of Innovation and Skills, TWI Ltd
Warren is the Group Manager of Innovation and Skills and Head of Business Analysis at TWI Ltd. He pursued his passion for cars after college and started working within the Volkswagen and Audi Group. This led him on to a path set for engineering, where the next step was completing an undergraduate degree in Motorsport Engineering at Brunel University. During his placement year, Warren undertook an internship in Monaco at SBM Offshore. After this successful period, TWI sponsored him to complete an MSc in Structural Integrity with NSIRC. Having worked within the Numerical Modelling and Optimisation Section before and during his MSc, he subsequently joined TWI, becoming the first person to hold the position of Innovation Project Leader. This role led him to help organisations secure over £50m of grant funding for engineering research.
He now builds and maintains the strategic partnerships of TWI’s Innovation Network and supports TWI’s Executive Board. His mission over the coming years is to drive TWI’s unique offering within industry to support the UK’s transition to a low carbon economy.
Jan Przydatek, Director of Technologies, Lloyd’s Register Foundation
In addition to his role on the Foundation’s executive leadership team, Jan has direct responsibility for the Foundation’s challenge areas of Safety at Sea, Safety of Physical Infrastructure, and for the Lloyd’s Register Safety Accelerator. He is on the boards of a number of Foundation programmes including Assuring Autonomy International Programme (with University of York), Engineering X – Safer Complex Systems Programme (with RAEng), Discovering Safety (with UK HSE), International Consortium of Nanotechnology (with University of Southampton) and is responsible for the Foundation’s grant to TWI for NSIRC and accelerating the application of this research. In his role at NSIRC he makes regular contact with the PhD students to monitor progress as well as endorsing new PhD topics and broader oversight of governance.
Jan is also on the advisory board of the EPSRC Trusted Autonomous Systems programme.
Prior to joining the Foundation, he had 20 years’ engineering and managerial experience in the maritime and energy sectors as a chartered engineer following completion of his BEng and PhD in Materials Science at Imperial College, London.
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