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Alison Starr

Executive Director - Strategy and Business

National Composites Centre

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Windo Hutabarat

Research Fellow

Cranfield’s Manufacturing Informatics Centre

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David M. Lindley

Chairman

The Institution of Engineering & Technology - Aerospace TPN, Technical Advisory Panel and the Aerospace Community

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Marc Drew

SVP - Supply Chain India

Rolls-Royce India.

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Simon Astwood

Engineering Capability Manager

National Composites Centre

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Ashutosh Tiwari

Professor of Manufacturing Informatics
and Head of the Manufacturing Informatics Centre

Cranfield University

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Chris Wiseman

Corporate Sector Manager

TWI Ltd

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Vineet Seth

Managing Director – South Asia & Middle East

Delcam

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Dr Pablo Bermell-Garcia

Research Team Leader

Airbus Group

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Ben Kitcher

Offshore Renewables Manager

AMRC with Boeing

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Kotresh M Gaddikeri

Senior Principal Scientist

CSIR, NAL

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Rhydian Pountney

General Manager, Rest of World sales

Renishaw

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Sir Mike Gregory

Co-Chair, Manufacturing Advisory Group

Govt of the UK

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Dominic McAllister

British Deputy High Commissioner, Bengaluru

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Shekhar Sanyal

Country Head and Director of Institution of Engineering and Technology

India

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Dr Eckhard Neise

Chief Technical Officer

TATA Advanced Materials Ltd.

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Alison Starr

Alison is the National Composites Centre Executive Director responsible for Strategy and Business. She joined the NCC from GE Aviation Systems, where she was Director of Strategic Partnerships. Alison has overall responsibility for Development of NCC strategy, Sales, Sales forecasts, Market engagement and Sector strategy, Customer relationships and Account management including Membership affairs, Government and funding body relationships Marketing & Public Relations, External and Internal Communications. She has chaired the Composites Leadership Forum since its inception and is Chair of EPSRC's "Manufacturing the Future" Strategic Advisory Team (SAT). Alison has a wealth of knowledge of the UK’s composites industry and strong, established relationships with academia, government and funders.

Alison’s background is in research engineering in aerospace, having worked for GE Aviation, Smiths Aerospace and AgustaWestland. She worked extensively on future aerospace technologies, focusing on flight-deck design, human interaction and performance before moving to broader roles in research programme management, funding, strategy setting and government engagement across the GE Aviation Aerospace portfolio of businesses. She is a Fellow of Royal Aeronautical Society.

Windo Hutabarat

WINDO HUTABARAT is a Research Fellow at the Cranfield’s Manufacturing Informatics Centre, which he joined in 2008 to work on Product-Service Systems research project funded by the EPSRC. At Cranfield he pioneered the concept of applying innovations from the gaming sector into manufacturing and services. These has been developed into four Innovate UK funded collaborative projects with Housing 21, EnginSoft UK, Airbus Group Innovations, Aertec UK, Alstom Power, Lanner Group, Jaguar Land Rover, and Holovis; and also two feasibility studies funded by EPSRC Centres for Innovative Manufacturing. He is also active in the area of engineering optimisation and currently involved in an AMSCI funded project with Cosworth and Flexeye aimed at optimising a flexible manufacturing system. He obtained his degree in Aerospace Engineering from Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia, before joining the Cambridge Engineering Design Centre on a Chevening Scholarship.

David M. Lindley

David originally trained as an aircraft technician in the Royal Navy (Fleet Air Arm). Following on from his military service David moved into the aerospace industry where he worked for BAE SYSTEMS as a Senior Airworthiness Engineer on Military Fast Jet programmes. Here he gained his post graduate Master’s Degree in Aviation Safety at Lancaster University. On completion of his MSc, David was appointed the Lead Systems & Flight Safety on the F35 programme, taking the aircraft from concept phase to First Flight based at Lockheed Martin Fortworth, Texas USA before to returning the UK to work on F35 design development work in support of the aircrafts integration into the Royal Navy’s new aircraft carriers.

Marc Drew

Marc Drew is the SVP for Supply Chain India, based in Bangalore India. In this role he oversees the development of Rolls-Royce supply chain and operational footprint for the Aerospace business. He previously ran the IAMPL manufacturing JV in Bangalore having overseen the setup of the business from initial factory construction.

Simon Astwood

Simon is a digital manufacturing specialist with over 10 years’ experience in the aerospace industry. He has been responsible for developing automated composite deposition systems and complex composite tooling solutions. He has led research in the fields of design for manufacture of aerospace structures and augmented reality deployed in manufacturing environments within Airbus Group.

Simon is now employed by the National Composites Centre as the engineering capability manager for digital manufacturing, metrology, automation and tooling. He sits on the advisory board for the Aerospace Technology Institute Processes and Tools group, and holds a Research Fellow Post at Cranfield University.

Ashutosh Tiwari

Ashutosh Tiwari is Professor of Manufacturing Informatics and Head of the Manufacturing Informatics Centre at Cranfield University. Over the last fifteen years, he has established Cranfield as one of the centres of excellence in the application of informatics techniques to manufacturing technologies, processes and systems. Within this area, he has developed two novel internationally recognised research themes that focus on: (i) multi-objective optimisation of high-value manufacturing processes, such as wing manufacture and engine assembly, and (ii) application of gaming technologies to skill-intensive manufacturing. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), a fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), a fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), and a Chartered Engineer (CEng). He graduated in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) - Kanpur. In 1998, he joined Cranfield University from where he successfully attained his MSc in Manufacturing (Commonwealth Scholarship) and PhD degrees.

Prof Tiwari has a strong research track record of leading collaborative research and development projects with industry through UK's Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Innovate UK, and Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) projects. He has secured around £5.5m of research funding (as principal investigator) from Government grants (UK and overseas) and industry. He has developed strong research collaborations with a number of companies including Airbus, BAE Systems, Alstom Power, Edwards, Dathan Tools, Jaguar Land Rover, Nissan, Toyota, Honda, Cosworth, Arup, Housing 21 and BT. He is currently an executive committee member of the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Through-life Engineering Services. He has successfully completed the supervision of 21 PhD/EngD theses, 15 MSc by Research and MPhil theses and 73 MSc theses. He has produced 250 research publications including 102 refereed journal papers, 98 refereed conference papers and 50 book chapters, edited books, workshop papers, research reports and magazine articles. He was awarded the IMechE Thatcher Bros Prize 2008/09 for the best journal paper in manufacturing.

Chris Wiseman

Chris Wiseman joined TWI in 2007, and is Corporate Sector Manager at TWI Ltd, for both the Aerospace & Equipment and Consumables & Materials industries. He also has a special geographic responsibility for TWI Industrial Members in India, and in supporting TWI’s exciting “in-country” ambitions there.

Chris is a qualified Metallurgist and spent 30 years in a R&D career with a global aluminium producer. Technology areas to which he has contributed include corrosion, thermo-mechanical forming, novel test methods, process optimisation, joining techniques and surface treatment.

Today, his role is focused on developing technical and commercial opportunities for TWI and its customers around the world.

Vineet Seth

Vineet Seth is currently the Managing Director - South Asia and Middle East, for Delcam (an Autodesk Company) and also the ASEAN Business Development Director for Delcam Professional Services, Delcam’s Advanced Engineering Consulting division. He is the first employee of Delcam India and was appointed as the Country Manager for Indian operations. Under his dynamic leadership, Delcam India has grown from a single office in Pune during 2000, to 16 other locations throughout India - at present. Parallely, he has also been responsible for setting up Middle East operations for Delcam Plc in 2004 and has continually charted exponential growth for both subsidiaries. He is also responsible for the JV between Delcam & Terraze Engineering in Saudi Arabia. He shuttles between the UK, U.A.E, K.S.A and India on a regular basis and keeps the momentum going for all his offices. Additionally, in his role as the ASEAN Business Development Director of the Delcam Professional Services division, he is involved in developing the market in the Aerospace & MRO domains for his company in the region.

With his proven business acumen and an understanding of businesses worldwide, Vineet Seth has been able to create group synergy & team spirit in pursuing collective goals across his offices. By continually and realistically assessing markets and market dynamics, he has managed to inspire and guide teams and individuals with clear specific directions in order to keep his divisions profitable, and his associates competent.

Alongside his business development activities for Delcam, Vineet Seth also holds the following distinctions –

  • Keynote speaker at the United Kingdom & India Advanced Engineering Plenary in Pune, India – 2008
  • Keynote speaker at the National Centre for Aerospace Innovation & Research, IIT Bombay – 2011
  • Featured author for various business and technological articles in numerous technology magazines and publications
  • Nominated Governing Board Member of the National Centre for Aerospace Innovation & Research at IIT, Bombay – 2013 till date
  • On the Editorial Advisory Board of Efficient Manufacturing Magazine in India – 2013 till date

Vineet Seth holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and is a Mechanical Engineer by profession. He has travelled the world extensively and is considered as a competent authority in International Business.

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Dr Pablo Bermell-Garcia

Dr Pablo Bermell-Garcia is Research Team Leader at Airbus Group Innovations, the cross-group center for research and innovation led by Sebastien Remy and reporting to the Airbus Group CTO Jean Botti. Pablo started his career as an injection moulding toolmaker apprentice in Valencia, Spain. Following this five-year hands-on manufacturing experience , he embarked into engineering design studies across universities in Spain, United States, and Colombia by gaining international scholarships. Pablo first entered into Research at Cranfield University in the UK where he obtained an MSc degree in Research and a PhD degree in the field of Knowledge Based Engineering applied to Aerospace. In his academic life, Pablo has served as engineering design methods lecturer at Jaume I University in Spain and as Research Officer at Cranfield University, UK. After an aerospace research break, Pablo moved to the Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) sector at Unilever R&D where he spent 3 years at the packaging innovation function. He joined Airbus Group in 2009 to focus on aerospace research and technology. His research activity at Airbus has contributed in various research and innovation streams including Digital Manufacturing, Computational Intelligence, Data Analytics and Visualisation, Collaboration Systems Engineering, Immersive Technologies and Serious Games and Gamification.

Ben Kitcher

Ben Kitcher is a manufacturing engineer with a passion for making impactful changes to manufacturing systems. Having grown professionally alongside the AMRC with Boeing over the past decade, Ben is aware of the impact such centres can have to industry in the UK and beyond. Having made significant cost savings in British manufacturing plants, his skills have been deployed internationally to help global supply chains become world class.

Ben has worked on one of the world’s most advanced additive manufacturing programs; the development of the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB front bearing housing. Acting as Operations Manager for the additive layer-manufacturing cell, Ben and the engineering team overcame technical problems never before encountered with the fledgling technology to deliver a prototype component in just 1/3 of the usual development time. These components have since been demonstrated on the Airbus A380 Flying Test Bed.

Now applying AMRC technologies to renewable energy equipment, Ben is hoping not only to improve manufacturing output through research, but also improve energy production through manufacturing excellence.

Kotresh M Gaddikeri

Kotresh M. Gaddikeri is a senior principal scientist in the advanced composites division of CSIR- National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL).

He completed M.Tech. in Aerospace Structures from IIT Bombay in 1996. Subsequently, he joined CSIR-NAL, Bangalore in 1997 to pursue R&D in the area of composites.

His research interests are:
(i) Design & development of composite structures
(ii) Development of Z-pinned & Tufted composites
(iii) Studies on damage tolerance and postbuckling of stiffened panels

He has published around 8 Journal papers, 35 conference papers, 65 NAL internal reports, filed 2 patents and one design copyright.

Awards Received:

  • Young Scientist Award of NAL for the Year 2003 for “Development of Centre Fuselage Components to LCA and Flaps to SARAS Aircraft”
  • Swarna Jayanti Award of Aeronautical Society of India for the Year 2005 for “Cocured Technology for Production of Structural Parts”
  • CSIR technology prize for engineering technology for the Year 2005 for “Development of Advanced Composite Technologies for Aerospace Structures” (Team Award)
  • JEC Asia-2015 Innovation Award under Thermoset Category for the ‘Development of Co-infused & Cocured Fully Integral Wing Interspar Box using VERITy Process’ (Team Award)

Rhydian Pountney

Rhydian Pountney is the General Manager for Rest of World sales at Renishaw plc and is responsible for business development in 10 of Renishaw’s overseas subsidiary operations. He has recently overseen considerable expansion of the Indian Sales and Marketing operation including establishing an extensive direct sales force and a network of regional offices.

Renishaw is a world leader in engineering and science based technologies, and has over 70 offices in 32 countries, including 12 offices in China. The company has won multiple international awards for its innovative products, including 17 Queen’s Awards recognising Technological and Export Achievement with overseas sales representing 94% of turnover.

Rhydian joined Renishaw in 1979 and has spent most of his working career in Sales & Marketing initially as export sales manager including spending four years in Hong Kong where he established Renishaw (HK) Ltd and a network of offices in China and the Far East. Rhydian is a director of 7 Renishaw overseas subsidiary companies which he directly established and is a member of the Renishaw International Sales & Marketing board.

Rhydian has spoken at many events promoting the benefits of export and was a member of the UKTI’s Advanced Engineering Sector Advisory Board and recently took on the role as UK co-chair of the India-UK Joint Economic and Trade Committee (JETCO) Advanced Manufacturing Working Group. He is also a member of the UKTI/FCO Overseas Business Risk - Joint Advisory Group.

Sir Mike Gregory

Prof Gregory has recently retired as Head of the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM). The IfM takes a very broad view of manufacturing and now has over 200 staff and graduate students linking engineering, management and policy through education, research and close engagement with industry and government. He served as Executive Director of the Cambridge MIT Institute from 2005-2008 and was Springer Visiting Professor at UC Berkeley in 2008/9. He continues to chair the UK Manufacturing Professors Forum and Co-chair the Manufacturing Advisory Group in BIS. He is currently Acting Director of the University's Institute of Continuing Education and is a Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge and of the Royal Academy of Engineering where he is a Trustee.

Dominic McAllister

Dominic McAllister has been British Deputy High Commissioner in Bengaluru (fomerly Bangalore) since November 2015. His principle focus is on strengthening India/UK ties and promoting mutual prosperity. Dominic has been a UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office diplomat for over 25 years serving in Former Yugoslavia, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Venezuela, South Korea and most recently as Head of the UK’s Science & Innovation Network for the Gulf, based in Doha and covering Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman and Bahrain. Dominic has a BSc degree in Chemistry from Kings College London and an MA degree in Chinese History from SOAS. He is married with four children.

Shekhar Sanyal

Shekhar Sanyal is the Country Head and Director of Institution of Engineering and Technology – India.

Shekhar is an expert on strategy, performance and organisation turnaround. He enjoys a rich experience in varied and senior roles across leading organisations.

Before joining the IET, he worked with Nortel as the Sales Training Head for Asia Pacific. Before his stint with Nortel, Shekhar worked with AchieveGlobal, the world’s largest (soft skills) training organisation. Here he played triple roles of a Regional Business Development Director, Special Projects Manager and a trainer /facilitator. These roles allowed him a unique & amazing insight into core of the organisation while being able to see the organization from 30,000 feet. Shekhar has also worked with the ABP group as Head of Region (South) for Business World and with Tata Infomedia where he started his career as a management trainee and grew to the position of Head of Sales (Directories) for Chennai.

Shekhar is frequently seen commenting in prominent Indian media platforms on important issues related to engineering education in India as well as on the growing movement of Internet of Things.

A graduate from Delhi University in 1992 with a BA (Hon) in English Literature. He also holds an MBA from the Institute of Management Studies.

Eckhard Neise

Eckhard Neise studied aerospace engineering at the Technical University in Munich, Germany and received his diploma in 1982 with a thesis on leaf spring design using composite materials. He then joined the Institute of Polymer Processing at Aachen university where he received his doctor of engineering 1986 for working on the use of industrial robots for composite production. He joined Airbus in Germany in the same year and worked on process development, design and manufacture of composite components for 22 years, in Germany, France, the US and England. His last position in Airbus was component design and build team leader for the Airbus A400M wing panels, large structures build out of composite materials. He then took over as head of engineering and later chief operating officer at Sogeclair Aerospace Germany, an affiliate of a major European engineering service provider for automotive and aerospace. In 2013 he joined TATA Advanced Materials in Bangalore as Chief Technical Officer. In this role he is responsible for all engineering activities – design and estimation, manufacturing and industrial engineering, tool design and configuration management plus the program management.