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  • Ton Fijen
    X Ton Fijen is a marine engineering graduate from Delft University, who has been working in the fields of marine and coastal engineering for more than 35 years. He has been responsible for the design, tendering and construction management and supervision of a large variety of marine engineering projects, ranging from major dredging and port upgrades, marina developments, marine outfalls, cooling water and desalination intakes and discharges, and pumping stations, to quay-walls and jetties. As Project Manager, he lead multi-disciplinary teams covering both marine, civil, structural, geotechnical, mechanical and electrical expertise. Project involvement has been in many different countries in Africa, the Middle East and in the Indian Ocean Islands. Before joining Tidal Lagoon Power (TLP), Ton was based in Stellenbosch, South Africa as a Consulting Engineer and Director of WSP Africa Coastal Engineers. At TLP, Ton has overall responsibility for the engineering design and lay-outs for the tidal lagoon projects. Initially this centred around the first-of-its-kind Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon, but has now extended to our fleet lagoons, including Cardiff, Newport, Colwyn Bay, Bridgwater Bay and West Cumbria, as well as some international prospects.

    Ton Fijen - Tidal Lagoon Power

  • Pete Jolley
    X Pete Jolley is the Chief Engineer of Concept and Innovation at Aston Martin. He began his career as a Structural Analyst working for Landrover, BMW, then Lotus, before joining Aston Martin in 2001. He led the development of the VH Body Structure, which went on to underpin all subsequent mainstream Aston Martin vehicles. In 2012, he returned to concept design to lead the team in development of the all new DB11 Body platform. Now working with the team on the delivery of the second century plan, Pete’s current focus is the development of DBX concept for the new St Athan facility.

    Pete Jolley - Aston Martin

  • Dr Albert Rafel
    X Albert Rafel received a degree in Telecommunications Engineering in 1992 and a PhD degree on Optical Communications in 1999 both from the Universitat Polit de Catalunya(Poly-Technical University of Catalonia) where he was a lecturer and researcher between 1996 and 2001. He joined BT in April 2001 where he currently leads teams in design and development work supporting evolution of next generation optical access. He provides technical consultancy to BT Openreach on optical fibre system/network performance, evolution, cost modelling and architectures. Albert is also involved in Standardisation activities actively working in ITU and FSAN Group. He has participated in numerous European collaborative projects, currently collaborating in the leadership team of the H2020 Phase II Metro-Haul. Albert has published several technical papers in international conferences and journals and is also co-inventor on several patents.

    Dr Albert Rafel - BT

  • 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)

  • Professor Johann Sienz
    X Professor Sienz holds a Personal Chair in the College of Engineering at Swansea University, where he is the Director of Innovation and Engagement. He is the Director of the WEFO part-funded, pan Wales Advanced Sustainable Manufacturing Technologies (ASTUTE) projects, the EPSRC funded doctoral training centre MATTER (Manufacturing Advances Through Engineering Training), and the WEFO part-funded IMPACT (Innovative Materials, Processing and Numerical Technologies) Research Institute. Johann delivers Smart Manufacturing in the Swansea Bay Region City Deal through the ASTUTE – Factory of the Future project. Johann is actively involved in advanced and smart manufacturing research, development and innovation working always in close collaboration with industry, covering aspects of industry 4.0, robotics and automation, additive manufacture, structural and multidisciplinary shape and topology optimization, computational mechanics, and process simulation and improvement. Johann is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (FIMechE) and of the Royal Aeronautical Society (FRAeS), and a Member of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (MIMA). He is a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and a Chartered Mathematician (CMath). He is the Editor in Chief of the highly regarded international journal “Applied Mathematical Modelling”.

    Professor Johann Sienz - Swansea University / Astute 2020

  • Professor Karen Holford
    X Professor Karen Holford is Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Cardiff University. Professor Holford's career began at Rolls-Royce in Bristol where she completed an undergraduate apprenticeship reading Mechanical Engineering at UWIST, followed by a PhD at the University of Wales College Cardiff. She then worked at AB Electronic Products, as engineer and senior engineer, where she was responsible for developing automotive products for companies such as BMW, Jaguar and Rover. She joined the School of Engineering at Cardiff University as a lecturer in 1990, becoming Director in 2010. In 2012 she became Pro Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Physical Sciences and Engineering, before taking up the role of Deputy Vice-Chancellor in April 2017. Since moving into academia over 26 years ago, Professor Holford has helped to build the now substantial international reputation of acoustic emission (AE) research at Cardiff University, with research resulting in technology that has greatly improved the safety monitoring of bridges and other structures. Alongside her research, Karen is committed to the delivery of high-quality industrially relevant learning and is passionate about equality, diversity and inclusivity. She is co-author of the report, Talented Women for a Successful Wales, setting out the importance of getting more women into STEM careers, with all recommendations accepted by the Welsh Government in January 2017. Professor Holford was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2015, is a Chartered Engineer (Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers) and a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales. She is a member of Council for STFC and a member of the ESPRC Strategic Advisory network In 2016 Karen was named in the Daily Telegraph's augural list of the Top 50 most influential Women in Engineering.

    Professor Karen Holford - Cardiff University

  • Dr Iwan Davies
    X Dr. Iwan Davies obtained a B.Sc (Hons) in Chemistry from Imperial College, London and a Ph.D. on MOVPE Studies in Compound Semiconductors from the University of Manchester. He is a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry. With over 35 years’ experience in III-V and II-VI semiconductor epitaxial growth by MOVPE, he has co-authored over 100 publications covering a very broad range of optoelectronic devices and material systems. Following a period of research and development at Plessey Research (Caswell) Ltd., he has managed the growth and characterization of epi-wafers, plant operations and product engineering, principally for GaAs and InP-based material systems at IQE. He is currently IQE plc Group Technology Director, with responsibilities for UK & European Research Project Co-ordination and corporate responsibility for chemical, safety and environmental issues.

    Dr Iwan Davies - IQE

  • Dr Debbie Jones
    X Debbie Jones is the Project Manager for the BWR Research Hub and Network and is based at Bangor University. She obtained her MChem in Chemistry in 2012 from the University of Manchester in where she remained to study for a PhD as part of the Nuclear First DTC Scheme. She completed her PhD thesis titled "Fluorescence Spectroscopy and Microscopy as Tools for Monitoring Redox Transformations of Uranium in Biological Systems" in 2016. She completed a 3 month secondment to Hitachi Research Labs in Japan where she explored the chemical properties of an adsorbent for Fukushima Waste Water.

    Dr Debbie Jones - BWR Research Hub and Network

  • Dr Norman Waterman
    X Norman Waterman is the Acting Network Director for the BWR Research Hub and Network. He is based at Imperial College London where he is an Adviser on Industrial Strategy with the Centre of Nuclear Engineering. He started his career in the nuclear power industry in 1966 as a Research Officer at the CEGB's Berkeley Nuclear Laboratories. After moving to Denmark in 1970 to work for Danfoss on materials problems associated with high volume product manufacture, he returned to the UK to work for a contact research organisation. Norman helped set up Quo-Tech in 1983, a consultancy, helping industrial companies with new product development and innovation. Quo-Tech created the "Tool Kit for the Management of Innovation" and the series of videos for the "Materials Matters" programme to introduce modern materials and manufacturing methods to mature engineers.

    Dr Norman Waterman - Acting Director BWR Research Hub and Network

  • Professor Ian Cooper
    X Ian is a Chartered Engineer with over 30 years experience in Non-destructive testing (NDT). On joining TWI in 2005 as a principle project leader at the specialist NDT Centre in Port Talbot, he specialised in NDT of composites. More recently his work has concentrated on advanced NDT methods and automated robotic inspection systems and was promoted to Technology Fellow in 2015. A recognised expert in the inspection of composites and other difficult materials, he leads the highly successful IntACOM programme developing rapid automated inspection systems for complex geometries. In 2016 he and co-authors were awarded the John Grimwade Medal for a paper on this work. He is a Fellow of the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing and is widely published in NDT and aerospace journals. He is Chair of the BINDT Technical committee and is active and influential on a number of other committees that guide the development, application, training and certification of NDT. In 2016 he was made an Honorary Professor of Practice at the University of Wales, Trinity St David.

    Professor Ian Cooper - TWI Ltd.

  • Jon Wood
    X Since May 2016 Jon has represented Innovate UK as the Manager for Wales, working with key stakeholders in Wales to develop stronger links and coordination between local and national innovation strategies. Having lived in South Wales for the past 15 years the role is a great opportunity to really understand and build on Wales’ strength and depth in entrepreneurism and innovation. Prior to joining Innovate UK Jon worked in the enzyme industry and has a background in microbiology.

    Jon Wood - Innovate UK

  • Dr Wyn Meredith
    X Dr. Wyn Meredith received a MA (Physics) from Cambridge University and PhD from Heriot Watt University in blue semiconductor laser development in 1997. Wyn has 19 years relevant industrial experience gained during time at Ferranti, British Telecom Research Labs, Sharp Research labs, IQE plc and as Commercial Director of Glasgow based Compound Semiconductor Technologies. Wyn is founding Director of the Compound Semiconductor Centre and was critically involved in defining its concept, vision and funding mechanisms. He is currently building the team necessary to execute the business plan and promote the development of Europe's first Compound Semiconductor Technology Cluster in South Wales.

    Dr Wyn Meredith - Founding Director, Compound Semiconductor Centre (CSC)

  • Professor Paul Tasker
    X Professor Paul Tasker is the Theme Leader for Advanced Sensors and Devices for the NRN AEM and is also PI for project NRN081. Paul will deliver a workshop on the South Wales Semi Conductor Cluster in conjunction with Dr Wyn Meredith of the CSC. CSCs vision is to provide Europe's first prototyping facility dedicated to allowing businesses and academics to demonstrate new technologies based on Compound Semiconductor materials that will be production ready - allowing rapid routes to market entry for entrepreneurs and technology leaders.

    Professor Paul Tasker - Cardiff University

  • Dr Helen Swygart
    X Helen Swygart has a first class honours degree in Mathematics from the University of Liverpool. She also has an MSc in Continuum Mechanics for research and Industry and a PhD in Elastohydrodynamic lubrication theory. Her career to date has been spent in industry. Initially, she worked in process engineering for Corning - a manufacturer of single mode and multimode optical, fibres. This work was all about improving yield and increasing the rate at which the fibres could be manufactured. Helen joined Qioptiq in 2002. Qioptiq is a defence and aerospace company who design and manufacture opto-mechanical systems such as head up displays for aeroplanes and night vision equipment. Qioptiq has world class optical designers and the coating of optical components is a key differentiator. Helen was initially a project manager for special products and then spent 7 years developing and implementing lean manufacturing techniques onto the shop floor. In 2012, Qioptiq set up a technology department to develop technologies that will be in their products in the long term. Helen has been a member of that department since it's inauguration. She is responsible for: identifying relevant new technologies; finding universities or other bodies to work with; identifying and obtaining funding and managing technology projects.

    Dr Helen Swygart - Qioptiq

  • Philip Wallace
    X Philip started his career as an apprentice technician at Swansea University and subsequently moved to pursue an industrial career in titanium manufacture with Timet UK Ltd gaining extensive experience in both production and technical management whilst achieving ASNT (American Society of Non‚ÄźDestructive Testing) Level III certification in 1990. Having joined TWI in 2004 Philip went on to manage the TWI Technology Centre (Wales) in Port Talbot and is responsible for the strategic growth of the centre. Philip has recently gained a MasterDegree in NDT at University of Wales Trinity St David and is a Chartered Engineer with The Welding Institute Recently appointed Associate Director TWI Ltd, Philip is part of TWI Executive Board and also sits on a number of committees including the Rolls Royce /EPSRC strategic partnership operations board, Swansea University Industrial Liaison Committee and the Ser Cymru National Research Network Management Board.

    Philip Wallace - Associate Director, TWI Ltd.

  • Dr Frank Langbein
    X Dr Frank Langbein is Principal Investigator for NRN AEM project NRN082 which aims to devise an efficient and accurate quantum device simulator for fermionic quantum spin networks, combining a multi-scale differential equation model with measurement data obtained from the device, to predict device operation given a control. Frank will deliver a morning workshop entitled 'Controlling the Quantum Technologies Hype' which will focus on quantum control and quantum technologies; specifically aimed at semiconductor platforms, for applications in networking, simulation and computation with discussion for use in MRI/NMR in medicine and security.

    Dr Frank Langbein - Cardiff University

  18th October 2017

Mercure Holland House Hotel, Cardiff

 Engineering a Successful Wales

  #EW2017 #connectingresearch


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



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This inaugural event is designed to enhance the voice of engineering and promote Welsh activities and scientific achievements during a one day event through an array of talks and workshops with the promotion of industry and academia collaboration at its heart.  

You will:


  • Hear from revolutionary industry breakthroughs such as Tidal Lagoon Power and industrial manufacturer Aston Martin on their recent development in Wales.


  • Get updates from KTN and Innovate UK who will highlight routes to securing funding for academia-industry joint projects.


  • Participate in collaborative workshops exploring the relationship between academia and industry. These sessions will be delivered by experienced academics from across Swansea, Cardiff and Bangor Universities jointly with industry speakers from IQE, CSC, BT, TWI and Qioptiq.


  • Find out about interesting developments with the BWR network on Boiling Water Reactor technology as well as the new research programme IMPACT (Innovative Materials, Processing and Numerical Technologies). 


Engineering Wales will ultimately provide you with a platform to see, hear and discuss the latest engineering and research developments from within Wales.


We look forward to seeing you in October! 



 "Engineering Wales is a chance to appreciate the real strength and breadth of engineering research that we have here in Wales and a chance to see the efforts that we’ve made and successes that we have in bringing universities and industrialists together to promote joint research and really forge a joint working pattern between the two."
- Prof Huw Summers, Chair of Engineering Wales 



Professor Huw Summers

Chair of Engineering Wales and Director of the NRN AEM.



Huw D. Summers received a BSc. Degree in Physics from Cardiff University, U.K. in 1990 and the Ph.D. degree in Laser Physics from Cardiff University in 1993. From 1996 to 2001, he was an Advanced Research Fellow of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council in the UK, working on monolithic microscale laser systems combining solid state and semiconductor technologies. Since 2008, he has been a Professor with the College of Engineering, Swansea University, U.K. and his current research interests are in the application of engineering analysis techniques to biological cell populations and the use of flow cytometry for cell population characterisation.  He is the author of more than 100 articles and recent editor of a book on nanomedicine. He is a member of the International Society for Advancement of Cytometry (ISAC), a Senior Affiliate Member of the Methodist Hospital Research Institute, Houston, Texas and an Associate Editor of the newly launched journal, Advances in Physics: X.

Huw is currently Director of the Sêr Cymru NRN in Advanced Engineering and Materials, a Welsh Government funded research network that is promoting research excellence in Wales through the award of PhD, Research Fellow and research project funding.