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24th Oct 2018


National Museum
of Wales


As part of the Welsh Government's Ser Cymru initiative
The National Research Network (NRN) in Advanced Engineering and
Materials (AEM) hosts 'Engineering Wales.'

Engineering Wales Conference

Future Directions for Research in Wales


Engineering Wales is back for a second year and with the recent published review by Professor Graeme Reid on government-funded research and innovation in Wales, this event will focus on the changes to the R&D landscape and the impending effects upon it in a post Brexit Wales.

As both local and national governments plan future R&D funding linked to industrial strategy, universities need to be well informed and prepared to benefit from this.

Engineering Wales aims to provide a platform to highlight this change through a number of lead speakers from industry, academia as well representatives from key funding bodies.


  • Simon Masters
    X Simon is the Head of High Value Manufacturing at Innovate UK

    Simon Masters - Innovate UK

  • Dr Robert Quarshie
    X Robert leads the materials and nanotechnology activities at the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), Innovation network partner. Before joining KTN, initially as Director for the Materials KTN, Robert was a Senior Technology Advisor in the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS). A materials technologist and business school graduate, Robert has had over twenty years of industry experience working in a number of senior technical management posts in the steel industry here in Wales. He was awarded the British Technology Group Prize in 1985 for his PhD research in high energy density batteries and more recently the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) award for outstanding contribution. Robert is the current Chair of the Advisory Board for the SPECFIC Innovation and Knowledge Centre (IKC) based in Swansea, member of the steering committee for the European Technology Platform for engineering materials (EuMaT) and Chair of the Materials and Design Exchange (MaDE) Partnership. Robert has a strong interest in exploring the design freedoms enabled by digital manufacturing and the positive impact product designers can have in helping to accelerate the innovation process for commercialising value-added materials technologies.

    Dr Robert Quarshie - Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN)

  • Dr Christina Guindy
    X Dr Christina Guindy is Head of Research at the Royal Academy of Engineering. The Royal Academy of Engineering is the UK’s national academy for engineering. We bring together the most successful and talented engineers from across the profession – our Fellows – for a shared purpose: to advance and promote excellence in engineering for the benefit of society. The Academy’s Research Programmes promote excellence in UK engineering research and innovation by supporting outstanding researchers and enabling partnerships with industry.

    Dr Christina Guindy - Head of Research, Royal Academy of Engineering

  • Professor Diana Huffaker
    X Professor Diana Huffaker is the Welsh Government Sêr Cymru Chair in Advanced Engineering and Materials as well as the Scientific Director of the Institute of Compound Semiconductors based within Cardiff University. Her expertise spans nanostructures and materials, optoelectronics, plasmonics, sensors, quantum technology and clean energy platforms. Diana retains Adjunct Professor status at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where she directs the Integrated Nanomaterials Laboratory at the California Nanosystems Institute, conducting innovative research on advanced photodetectors, photovoltaics and optical links for low energy databases. Professor Huffaker has co-authored over 300 refereed journal publications with >11000 citations (h-index=58, >16 refereed publications/year, >8 invited/plenary/year. She has over 20 disclosures and provisional patents with 8 full patents. She has founded two companies and planning two more in Wales. In recognition of her contribution to her field, she has gained several prestigious awards from internationally recognised societies including fellow of Humboldt society, Learned Society of Wales (LSW), Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and Optical Society of America (OSA). She is an active leader in the international technical community with a variety of Review, Editorial and Advisory responsibilities within EPSRC, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), Science Advisory Council Wales (SFCW), NSF and DARPA. She is also passionate about all-gender STEM education, especially associated with entrepreneurialism and “innovation for all”.

    Professor Diana Huffaker - Sêr Cymru Chair in Advanced Engineering and Materials & Scientific Director of the Institute for Compound Semiconductors, Cardiff University

  • Professor Alan Shore
    X Prof K Alan Shore is the General Secretary of the Learned Society of Wales. He holds a chair in Electronic Engineering at Bangor University. His research has included substantial work on the nonlinear dynamical properties of semiconductor photonic devices. He has chaired the Photonics Academy of Wales @ Bangor ( PAWB) since its establishment in 2005. PAWB is an outreach activity which provides hands-on photonics experimental experience to students in the age range 8-80. Engineering Wales will give a platform on activities of the Society directed at enhancing engineering and science in Wales. The Society welcomes advice and suggestions in respect of possible additional opportunities for contributing to the growth of science and engineering and notably with commercial and industrial engagement.

    Professor Alan Shore - Learned Society of Wales

  • David Clubb
    X David is the Director of RenewableUK Cymru, the award-winning representative body for sustainable infrastructure and energy in Wales. He has worked in the energy sector for 15 years across public, private and third sectors. He loves thinking about digital strategy. He is a Trustee of the Institute of Welsh Affairs, and a member of the Welsh Government Women in STEM Board. David has a Ph.D. in applied physics. Follow David @davidoclubb

    David Clubb - Director of RenewableUK