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Innovation in Cambridge Engineering – how to foster it?

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Cambridge Engineering Department, supported by the Royal Academy of Engineering has just created a new post of Visiting Professor of Innovation. This post strengthens and extends the work of the Department’s strategic theme on “Inspiring Research through Industrial Collaboration”. Its objectives are: To raise the profile of innovation within the Department; to provide inspiration, mentoring and knowledge on the practice of innovation to students and academics; and to strengthen collaboration with industry. This position will be shared by three people with different backgrounds and experience: Pieter Knook, Sam Beale and Rick Mitchell. Although they will work as a team each will have a particular focus: Pieter Knook on graduate students, Sam Beale on Staff and Rick Mitchell on the undergraduate population.

Pieter and his colleagues will introduce themselves in more detail and outline their aims and hopes for their new role. They are also looking forward to receiving for guidance on how they might best be of use to the department and how to interact most effectively. Please come to welcome them and bring suggestions as to how they can make the most useful contribution to this Division and to the wider Engineering Department.

Pieter Knook is currently Chairman of Better Generation (a renewable energy start up), Pulsant (a UK hosting company focused on SME ) and The Institution (a Swedish mobile device management company) and serves on several boards as well as being a Cambridge Angel and Venture Partner with Octopus. He was formerly Director of Internet Services at Vodafone, and spent 18 years in senior roles at Microsoft (including Senior Vice President Mobile Communications and President of Microsoft Asia).

Sam Beale was, until the end of April this year, Head of Technology Strategy at Rolls-Royce Group. This role included management of the company’s University Technology Centre network and support for the Chief Scientific Officer and for the Directors of Engineering & Technology, and Research & Technology. He formerly held a range of senior design and engineering positions within the company.

Rick Mitchell is currently a visiting fellow in the IfM and Visiting Professor of Innovation Management at Cranfield School of management. He was formerly Group Technical and Quality Director at Domino Printing Sciences, International Development Manager with Philips Mobile Radio and Senior Corporate Planner for Philips Electronics UK.

This talk is part of the CUED Control Group Seminars series.

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