Advanced Engineering



Andy Gill

Engineering Director, Rittal

Andy is responsible for design, project management and specials engineering at Rittal-CSM. He is also in charge of Global OEM engineering and the portfolio management of Rittal standard IT enclosures.

Mary Anrigo

Technical Sales Consultant – Europe at Mechdyne Corporation

Mary works with Mechdyne’s European headquartered clients in the areas of consulting and development of immersive, networked and collaborative visualisation solutions. She believes in removing complexity from the technology user’s day to day so that they can make progress and have better lives.
Mary’s previous experience, spans over 20 years of working with various technologies focusing on innovation, driving change and improving performance for organisations in a variety of fields and industries, such as CPG, financial services, oil and gas, government and university research, product design, manufacturing in Europe and the US.

Tim Searle

Company Owner at Composite Innovations Ltd

Tim Searle’s introduction to advanced materials began with his participation in competitive sailing and boat building. The quest for performance in the sport has always led to the search for better materials. So the seeds of practical interest and the scientific curiosity of high performance composites was born. He went on to study for a PhD in Advanced Composites at the University of Plymouth, following this became the commercial manager of the University’s Advanced Composites Manufacturing Centre. Here the centre provided commercial near market manufacturing development to several sectors including wind energy. Currently his consultancy – Composite Innovations Ltd. provides engineering and manufacturing solutions to the Aerospace and renewable energy sectors.

Claire Pearce

Project Manager, Plymouth Materials Characterisation Project (PMCP)

Workshop Host- Electron Microscopy

Claire is the Project Manager for the European-funded Plymouth Materials Characterisation Project (PMCP), and has worked with the PEMC team since 2013, to manage funded projects that have led to over 140 companies gaining free access to the University’s instrumentation and academic expertise. Some of these companies have gone on to use electron microscopy regularly to support problem solving, quality assurance and new product development – making a real difference to their performance.

Prior to joining the University, Claire worked in knowledge exchange roles in both the south west and London, helping businesses to gain access to the equipment and expertise found within universities, including through Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs).

Ben Travers

Head of IP and IT Law at Stephens Scown

Workshop Host- Manufacturing Licences

Ben Travers is a partner at Stephens Scown LLP and heads up the Intellectual Property, Information Technology and Data Protection team.

Ben has over 15 years’ experience of advising businesses on legal issues. He advises clients across the globe on a range of contentious and non-contentious matters, including IP protection and exploitation and the negotiation of complex IT contracts. Ben also advises on reputation management, data protection issues and cyber security matters.

Ben has a wealth of experience across a range of sectors, in particular Food and Drink, Tourism and Hospitality, Renewables, Rural and Manufacturing.

Meiling Zhu

Head of Energy Harvesting Research Group, University of Exeter

Workshop host- Integrated Energy Harvesting Systems

Prof Meiling Zhu is the head of Energy Harvesting Research Group at the University of Exeter. Since 2007 she has developed an ‘integrated system vision’ and worked on energy harvesting powered wireless sensor systems for real world applications. Her research themes are in novel energy harvesting methods, energy efficient and adaptive power management, energy-aware wireless sensing, and their design and modelling, implementation and integration, and characterisations and applications. She has, with her group members, developed a number of proof-of-concept technology demonstrators of energy harvesting powered wireless sensing nodes, including two for aviation industry and two for wearable devices.

Dr Zheng Jun Chew

Energy Harvesting Research Group, University of Exeter

Workshop host- Integrated Energy Harvesting Systems

Dr Zheng Jun Chew is a research fellow in the Energy Harvesting Research Group at the University of Exeter. His main area of expertise is in the design of analogue based low power adaptive power management circuits, which include maximum power transfer and power extraction for energy harvesting powered wireless sensor nodes. He also develops low power sensing interface for energy harvesting powered systems. One of his innovations includes using a single piece of piezoelectric transducer as both energy harvester and strain sensor.

Yang Kuan

Energy Harvesting Research Group, University of Exeter

Workshop host- Integrated Energy Harvesting Systems

Yang Kuang is a Research Fellow in the Energy Harvesting Research Group at the University of Exeter, having extensive experience in vibration energy and harvesting transducer development. He has developed three vibration energy harvesting transducers based on different mechanisms. The magnetic plucking mechanism he developed is able to harvest energy from low-frequency vibrations with high energy density (5 mW/cm3) and high durability, while the sandwiched piezoelectric transducer is able to efficiently harness energy in large force environments. He is also an expert in experimental measurement and has developed an end-to-end testbed to characterise the system-level performance of the energy harvesting powered wireless systems.