Leslie Lee
Executive Director
As Executive Director, Dr Leslie Lee is responsible for HSSMI’s day to day operations, as well as leading the Institute’s research, development and commercial strategy. Les has a PhD from Loughborough University and more than 35 years of experience in the design, development, and implementation of manufacturing systems. He has worked on high profile engineering projects in the UK, Europe and North America and has a passion for raising the profile of engineering and delivering advancements in manufacturing and systems engineering technology.
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Axel Bindel
Chief Technology Officer
Dr Axel Bindel is Chief Technology Officer at HSSMI. He has extensive experience in applied industrial research. After graduating from the University of Stuttgart in Electrical Engineering, he worked for the Fraunhofer Technology Development Group (now Fraunhofer IPA) in Stuttgart where he led the group Integration of Electronic Systems. He then took on a role at Loughborough University in the Manufacturing Systems Integration group. Axel holds a PhD from Loughborough University in Manufacturing Engineering. Axel oversees all research at HSSMI, ensuring that it follows and is relevant to our four core themes and reflects our mission and vision.
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Simon Barnes
Commercial Director
As part of the Executive Team supporting the growth and development of HSSMI; from a commercial and value-driven perspective. To offer our strategic and innovation partners industry leading strategy development, responsiveness to change and improvement. Supporting a team to deliver long-term value to our partners manufacturing strategy through innovation in a rapidly changing operating environment. Presenting and driving influence for HSSMI in the wider funding and political landscape. Extensive experience in supply chain, manufacturing, circular value chain and industry group organisations. Has seen the impact of change and development across a range of sectors including hospitality, food and drink and automotive. Understands the benefits of using digital to accelerate innovation in manufacturing.
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Jonathan Horsley
Programme Director
The UK’s low carbon propulsion industry has taken another step forward with the appointment of Jon Horsley as the Programme Director of the Digital Engineering and Test Centre (DETC) based on the Stratford Olympic Park in London. Jon brings a wealth of global experience from 20 years in the automotive industry which will enable him to help organisations accelerate the use and development of next generation digital engineering and test systems in the UK. Jon joins from Innovate UK where he was responsible for researching and implementing intervention and support needs within the UK Automotive Industry to accelerate R&D, production, and deployment of low carbon vehicle technology. Prior to this he was a Director at Motorola Zytek Technologies Ltd. Jon also is a member of the DETC Advisory and Management Boards.
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Hosein Torabmostaedi
Strategic Account Manager
Dr Hosein Torabmostaedi is Strategic Account Manager at HSSMI Midlands and North East England. Hosein is responsible for recruiting, maintaining and delivering HSSMI’s partnership offer to automotive OEMs, solution providers and universities, as well as building new cross-sectoral manufacturing opportunities with existing and new partners globally. Hosein has a PhD in High Volume Production of Nanoparticles and has previous experience of working as a research and business development manager in the Centre for Bioenergy and Resource Management at Cranfield University.
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Ross Clark
Strategic Account Manager
Ross is a Strategic Account Manager, responsible for accounts principally in Scotland and the north of England. His background covers senior roles in Scotland and London in the fields of innovation, manufacturing, engineering and consultancy. These roles have included being Managing Director of a division of the global Howden Group, manufacturers of air and gas handling equipment, and Director of technology Innovation Centres in Glasgow, Edinburgh and London. The role includes working with tier one automotive OEM’s on various technology and innovation projects, and in developing HSSMI’s role as a strategic partner in the national and regional delivery of manufacturing solutions for industry.
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Steve Crowley
Manufacturing New Technologies - Project Engineer
Steve Crowley is a qualified Mechanical Engineer with 40 years’ experience in the Automotive & Telecommunications industries, specializing in the implementation of major capital equipment projects in England, Germany & USA. Areas of expertise include Manufacturing & Production Engineering from component machining to vehicle assembly, and facilities management in Engine Test & Development for off highway vehicles. Recent projects have included production assembly line optimization, employing World Class Manufacturing techniques, such as JIT, Safety & Ergonomics. With a passion to raise the profile & efficiency of British manufacturing industry.
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Stephen Clare
Finance Manager
Stephen is the Finance Manager for HSSMI. He has previously worked at a senior finance or board level in a variety of industries including IT, telecoms and broadcasting.
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Andy Scarisbrick
Digital Engineering and Test Centre (DETC) Manager
Andy is a Manager in the Digital Engineering and Test Centre (DETC an APC Spoke). Andy is responsible for coordinating and delivering internal and external projects for DETC which are selected to meet challenges identified in a comprehensive product design road-map created with industry and Academic experts. Andy will continue to look for digital opportunities both within and outside the automotive industry that combine to meet these challenges. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers with over 30 years experience in product development with Ford Motor Company, most recently specialising in forging research collaborations.
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David Stewart
Circular Economy and Digital Manufacturing Manager
Dr. David Stewart is the Manager of Circular Economy and Digital Manufacturing in Scotland and is responsible for growing the business unit and team in Scotland. He joined 4 years ago and has held various positions within the company including manager for HSSMI’s Circular Value Chains, Manufacturing New Technologies and Data Analytics teams in London. David has a PhD in Remanufacture and Reverse Logistics and a First class BSc (hons) degree in Product Design, both from University of Strathclyde. David’s other industrial experience includes working as a consultant at engineering private equity firm Clyde Blowers Capital (CBC) and as a design engineer at ThermoFisher Scientific.
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Kevin Rampersad
Manager
Kevin is a Manager in the newly launched Digital Engineering and Test Centre (APC Spoke). He has a first class BEng (Hons) in Manufacturing Systems Engineering and a PhD in The Rapid Design of Simulation models using Cladistics and template based modelling. Kevin is currently adapting techniques from the digital entertainment industry for use with advance propulsion and power-train systems. He uses CAD data collected from manufacturers to design and create 3D virtual factories as well as new 3D PDF simulation and applications. He is also working with industry experts from both Business and Academia to develop a comprehensive road-map for Digital Engineering and Test which encompasses all aspects of Virtual Engineering and Augmented Reality. Kevin also works closely with OEM and supply chain partners to disseminate new technological advancements to the wider manufacturing sector through extended customer outreach programs.
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Victoria Tewes
Strategic Account Manager
Victoria is a Strategic Account Manager responsible for working with organisations primarily based in the South of England. Her background includes significant experience within the fields of Project and Operations Management and she was previously responsible for delivering key non-technical projects for HSSMI before progressing to the role of Strategic Account Manager on behalf of the organisation. The role includes working with various partners in order to develop HSSMI’s role in the delivery of Research and Engineering Services.
Caroline Guest
Electric Powertrains and Circular Value Chains Manager
Caroline is the Research Manager for the Manufacture of Electric Powertrains and Circular Value Chains teams in our Midlands office. She has an MEng (1st class hons) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Bristol and an MSc in Sustainable Manufacturing from Cranfield University. Her MSc dissertation was on reducing emissions for return freight and her thesis on assessing remanufacturing readiness. She brings a wealth of experience to the team across many areas of Automotive Engineering from sponsorship and full-time employment with Ford Motor Company. Her particular areas of expertise are in Final Assembly and Packaging Engineering and has worked around the world on vehicle launches. She also has experience in project management, powertrain manufacturing, launch quality assurance and change management. She is currently working on projects in re-manufacturing and in developing volume production of electric motors.
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Satwik Mehta
Virtual Engineering Manager - London
Satwik Mehta leads the Virtual Engineering team in London at HSSMI. He manages the delivery of various Engineering services and Research programs. He specialises in the development and deployment of digital manufacturing solutions to enhance industry performance. Currently, he oversees the development of VR/AR applications, concepts for high volume Additive Manufacturing, Gamification and Cobot applications. Satwik is trained as a Mechanical Engineer and has also acquired an MSc. in Manufacturing Engineering from University of Warwick. He has extensive experience in manufacturing and new product introduction in the automotive sector. He has worked at various positions in the Volkswagen Group.
Aanand Dave
Virtual Engineering Manager - Midlands
Aanand manages the Midlands Virtual Engineering team. Having developed technical expertise in operational sustainability, eco-efficiency and systems-thinking; he works on a combination of commercial and research projects in modelling, simulation and data visualisation of HSSMI partner factories and supply chains. As well as working full time on a range of HSSMI projects, he is presently completing a PhD in factory eco-efficiency modelling with Cranfield and Cambridge University.
Torquil Landen
Manufacturing New Technologies Manager
As manager for Manufacturing New Technologies, Torquil is currently working on a number of fuel cell and battery projects that will have a significant impact on the current level of manufacturing capability available in the UK. He has over 20 years’ experience working in the alternative powertrain and renewable energy sectors. Working on furthering the development and exploitation of hydrogen fuel cell/battery technologies within the transport sector at a number of companies, both here in the UK and abroad. He also has a first class honours degree in chemistry and holds a PhD from Cambridge University.

 

Richard Parry-Jones
President
Professor Richard Parry-Jones is President of HSSMI. He is a highly respected figure in the automotive and rail industry. He is also the former Chief Technical Officer at Ford Motor Company. During his 40 year international career he has helped shape the modern automobile industry. He oversaw product development for some of the most famous Ford models, including the Escort, Focus and Mondeo.
David Anderson
Chairman
Dr. David Anderson is the Chairman of HSSMI’s Board of Directors. He was formerly Managing Director of Defence Training at QinetiQ in the UK and prior to that was CEO and President of QinetiQ Inc. in the USA. Scots born, he attained a First Class Honours degree in Physics and a PhD in Solid State Physics from the University of Dundee. In the past, Dr Anderson has led a team delivering all specialist training for the UK’s Ministry of Defence in what was a thirty year PFI contract, the largest ever competed by the Ministry of Defence.
Angela Kimberley
Angela has been running a business coaching and personal development business for over eight years working with start-up and established businesses. Angela is working alongside HSSMI as a business coach and understands the challenges of running and growing a business.
Brian Graves
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Brian is head of the Engineering Technology Transfer team at Imperial Innovations and has over 20 years' experience in business development, product development and marketing in the engineering industry with John Crane Limited, a division of Smiths Group plc.
Hilary Hayward
Hilary is HR Director for IGD, the Institute of Grocery Distribution and is another not-for-profit organisation that undertakes both research and commercial work. Hilary’s advice on how to find and motivate our team, our biggest asset, will be invaluable. Hilary is also keen to learn lessons from HSSMI to take back to IGD.
Monty Meghjee
Monty is the Financial Director of Majenta. He together with his team of co-directors, have grown Magenta to what it is today. Monty has a clear and concise financial knowledge, it is this knowledge that enables us to do cost and value comparisons to another business and make HSSMI is financially sustainable.
Peter Domeney
Peter is Manufacturing Engineering Director at Jaguar Land Rover. He has 30 years experience in the automotive industry. Peter has been responsible for building up a new manufacturing facility for JLR in Wolverhampton.
Susanne Baker
Susanne spent much of her career working for the Engineering Employers Federation (EEF). The EEF is a very well established organisation with a regional structure and a wide complex membership. Susanne is helping us understand the challenges of regional development and running a contemporary relevant membership network, she currently works for techUK which is also a member organisation with a diverse range of members and member interests.
Tony Best
Tony is Director at Surface Technology International. From 1982 –2010 he worked in the financial services industry, spending nearly 25 years at the US investment bank JPMorgan where he was Head of Global Sales and member of the Global Executive Committee.

 

Alberto Minguela
Technical Lead
Alberto is the Technical Lead on Circular Economy in the CVC team where he is managing funded projects and authoring bids. His areas of expertise are closed-loop manufacturing, service-based business models, process improvement methodologies and exploitation of Circular Economy opportunities across manufacturing industries. Alberto has two BSc (hons) degrees, in Architectural Technology and in Building Engineering from Madrid Polytechnic University. He holds an MSc in Sustainable Architecture from CAT in Wales. Following his MSc research on bio-based building materials, he co-founded Adaptavate with the vision to shift the built environment towards a Circular Economy using materials you can grow and compost at the end of their life. Alberto’s past experience ranges from construction-site management to running the day-to-day of a start-up company, business model design and fundraising through competitions and innovation challenges across Continental Europe and the UK.
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Andy Grimes
Technical Lead
Andy is a Technical Lead in the Virtual Engineering Team. He has a BEng (Hons) in Engineering along with a HND in Electronic and Electrical Engineering. He has experience as in assembly machine design, data analysis and project co-ordination. He is also experienced in software system specification and small team management. Andy is currently focused on adapting augmented reality, 360° image capture, machine health monitoring and self-healing machines. He also specialises in adapting existing non-manufacturing technologies for manufacturing engineering purposes.
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Bekmurat Kairoshev
Engineer
Bekmurat is an engineer in Virtual Engineering team, specialising in additive manufacturing and process improvements. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering (BEng) from Loughborough University and Nuclear Engineering (MSc) from Imperial College London. He has experience in FE simulation of additive manufacturing, and has successfully assembled a binder jetting 3D printer. He has been awarded with a postgraduate certificate in the field from Nottingham University. At HSSMI Bekmurat is managing the “ADD-CAD” project and responsible for implementation of software add-on to improve the formation of micro-shapes and fluid-dynamic effects in additive manufacturing.
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Brais Carballedo
Engineer
Brais is an Engineer in the Virtual Engineering team. He specialises in CAD design and simulation helping the team to bring into manufacturing different digital solutions and gaming technologies as Virtual Reality. He also leads the ‘’Manufacturing Gamification’’ project which aims to explore how the concept of gamification can be successfully integrated into the operations and culture of Automotive manufacturers. Brais holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Vigo, where he specialised in Mechanical Engineering. He performed his final thesis at the University of Chemical Technology and Metallurgy in Sofia, where he expanded his knowledge in CAD design and finite element analysis.
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Clayton Thomas
Business Process Intern
Clayton is reviewing the current business processes at HSSMI and will view approaches and methods to improve the efficiency innovatively, exploring regionalisation, HR Systems and CRM in preparation for expansion. Clayton graduated from University of East London with a BA in Business Marketing and an MSc in Managing Innovation in creative organisations. He has previous entrepreneurial experience orchestrating processes for multiple start-ups in the food, fashion and entertainment industry.
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Farhad Bidgol
Team Leader
Farhad is the Team Leader for the Circular Value Chains Team. He holds an MSc in Manufacturing Consultancy from Cranfield University and has project experience on lean and six sigma manufacturing. He has previous experience process improvement and continuous improvement for a global packaging company, various consultancy projects for food and drink manufacturers in the EU. In his current role. He is involved with both Horizon EU2020 project management and Innovate UK materials recycling high value materials projects.
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Fergal Harrington-Beatty
Technical Lead
Fergal is a Technical Lead in the Manufacturing New Technologies team at HSSMI. He undertook a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering at The University of Warwick completing an Ecological Design Project, and has since gone on to work in the Aerospace (BAE Systems), Electric Vehicle (Potenza Technology) and Building Services (GBE Services London) Engineering sectors. It is his two years’ experience at Potenza in particular leading the production of various Niche Vehicle Network and Formula-E projects that he hopes to use to successfully lead the hydrogen fuel cell and blockchain deployment programmes currently undertaken at HSSMI.
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Gorka Garcia Borja
Technical Lead
Gorka is a Technical Lead in the Digital Engineering and Test Centre who originally comes from San Sebastian, Spain. He holds an Industrial Engineering degree by the University of the Basque Country, where he specialised in Electronics Engineering. Gorka has been working in research manufacturing for over 3 years, collaborating and managing funded R&D projects in order to bring innovative solutions and processes to the automotive industry, as well as helping to author proposals for Innovate UK and Horizon 2020 calls. At DETC, he oversees engagement with companies (from start-ups and SMEs to OEMs and academic institutions) with the aim of bringing innovative developments happening in gaming and digital to the automotive manufacturing sector. He also manages the metrics and KPIs that were defined for DETC by the department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).
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Heloise Ravindranath
Office Administrator
Heloise is an office administrator responsible for the general administrative duties for the London team. She also works alongside the HR Manager providing support and assistance on a day to day basis. Her background includes over 10 years of admin experience working within Education, Training and Employment. She also has experience working in the community sector supporting people within vulnerable groups. She has a passion for organising Community projects as well as cooking at Community and family functions.
Ibon Terrazas
Intern
Ibon is an intern at HSSMI. He holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of the Basque Country. For his bachelor thesis he took part into the Erasmus Programme, developed in the University of Southern Denmark. He also holds a Master Degree related to Renewable Energies from Wroclaw University of Technology (Poland) and Otto von Guericke University (Germany). He is working within the Manufacture of Electric Powertrains and Resource Efficiency Team supporting them in the DRM project among others. Ibon has taken part into several projects related to power transmission and low voltage installations.
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James Kirby
Engineer
James is an Engineer in the Digital Engineering and Test Centre. He holds a BEng degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Hull. James has experience developing and testing stirling engine technology and is currently working on a vehicle lightweighting project. He is also working with industry experts from both business and academia to develop a comprehensive roadmap for DE&Tc which encompasses all aspects of virtual engineering, augmented reality and gamification.
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Jilda Thomas
Marketing Co-ordinator Intern
Jilda is the Marketing Co-ordinator Intern. She facilitated the #WhyBigData event and created marketing material for the launch of the working group report on collaborative applications. Alongside this, she designs project-specific infographics and assists in the management of HSSMI’s social media accounts among other various design projects for the commercial team. Jilda has recently gained a degree in Fashion Buying with Marketing (BA Hons) from DeMontfort University where she developed proficiency in the Adobe Suite, the software she uses as a design tool.
John Hall
Technical Lead
John is a Technical Lead in the Manufacture of Electric Powertrains and Resource Efficiency Team at HSSMI. He has a long career in manufacturing/productivity in marine systems, cosmetics and automotive industries and brings with him a wealth of experience in the planning, launch and steady state production in terms of people, facilities, method, ergonomics, work measurement and cost improvement
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John Victory
Process Engineer Based In CNH
John was with Ford Power Train for almost 38 years. In Management he was responsible for a team of 20 engineers, standards for Electrical Control Systems of machinery & equipment, supporting new model programmes and Electrical Power services in new and existing plants. Development of engineers was important and some of those engineers are now in executive oppositions in Ford and other automotive companies. Following his PhD at Bradford University, John moved into academia arranging short courses for Engine Management and Calibration, organising International Conferences on Powertrain Modelling & Control and mentoring a number of KTP associates during their contracts.
Katarina Deme
Research and Development Intern
Katarina is a Research & Business Development intern in the Midlands office. She is currently studying towards a degree in Human Resource Management at Aston University. Katarina works closely with the Commercial team assisting with multiple projects, conducting and presenting primary research. She hopes to gain valuable knowledge and experience to enrich her professional development.
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Lee Appleton
Technical Lead
Lee is a Technical Lead in the Virtual Engineering Team. He has a BEng (Hons) in Manufacturing Systems Engineering and, having worked in a number of engineering roles, brings a wealth of experience to the team. Lee has been a Production and Development Engineer for Quinton Hazell, a Process Planning Engineer, Automation Senior Engineer and Process Senior Engineer for Ford Motor Company. Lee is currently working to improve manufacturing processes at our member organisation, Case New Holland.
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Lorna Chapman
Technical Lead
Lorna is a Technical Lead in the Virtual Engineering Team. She has a BEng (First Class Hons) in Mechanical Engineering (from the University of Liverpool) and an MSc in Automotive Engineering – Design, Manufacture and Management (from the University of Hertfordshire). Based within the automotive industry Lorna has experience across both product development and manufacturing disciplines, including as a Senior Process Engineer on Engine Assembly for FMC. Lorna is currently working to improve manufacturing processes at our member organisation, Case New Holland.
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Margaret Beever
Technical Lead
Margaret Beever is a Technical Lead for Sustainability and Lean Manufacturing. She has a MEng degree in Mechanical Engineering, Manufacture and Management (from the University of Birmingham) as well as an MSc in Integrated Environmental Management (from the University of Bath). Margaret has extensive automotive manufacturing experience, having worked for Ford Motor Company on new vehicle manufacturing launch teams as both a Process and a Facilities Engineer in final assembly plants across Europe. She is also qualified as a Six Sigma Black Belt, and has implemented many lean manufacturing and quality improvement projects. Margaret has also worked in engine manufacturing as an Environmental Engineer, focused on energy and material usage and waste.
Martin Peake
Technical lead
Martin Peake is a qualified Mechanical and Production Engineer with a specific qualification in Work Study and Industrial Engineering and is a Member of the Institute of Management Services. He has over 50 years’ experience in Engineering, Supervisory and Management positions within Manufacturing Engineering inside the Automotive Industry and has delivered many major capital engineering solutions and automotive power train programs in the UK, Europe, Asia, South America, Mexico and the USA. He has considerable Manufacturing Engineering expertise in areas including Project Management, Process Development, Productivity Engineering, Safety and Ergonomics, Lean Manufacturing including JIT development work, Environmental Engineering, with specific knowledge and delivery expertise in Material Handling Engineering, Component Packaging, Internal and External Logistics and Plant Layout development. He now has a specific interest in supporting British Industry to improve efficiency and develop their research and development skills and facilities moving forward into highly efficient full manufacturing and production facilities.
Maria Murcia
PhD Student
Maria is a PhD student at University College London and a Research Assistant at Oculus (Facebook). She is funded through an EPSRC Industrial CASE award, with HSSMI as her partner organisation. She holds a BEng (1st class hons) in Multimedia Engineering from the University of Valencia. The aim of her research is to explore the use of Virtual Reality (VR) in manufacturing, specifically in operator training. She is experienced in the use of VR consumer technology to develop mixed reality experiences. She has led academic projects with HTC Spain and been an engineering intern at the University of Valencia Research Institute on Robotics and Information and Communication Technologies, working on the development of civil machinery simulators.
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Mateusz Zalasiewicz
Virtual Engineering Intern
Mateusz is a Virtual Engineering intern at HSSMI working on the High Volume Electric Machine Supply and Virtual Gap Analysis projects. He is currently undertaking a degree in Mechanical Engineering (BEng) at Birmingham City University and has additional experience in programming and automotive engineering & electronics from Formula Student. Mateusz also has experience in writing and editing, having written two articles for New Scientist, contributed to a book, and edited articles for the journal Geological Quarterly."
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Nahema Sylla
Technical Lead
Nahema is a technical lead in the Virtual Reality team at the High Speed Sustainable Manufacturing Institute. She has a previous experience at PSA Peugeot Citroën in France, where she conducted her PhD in Robotics and Ergonomics in collaboration with the University of Montpellier. She was leading a research project aiming to improve ergonomics of manual workstation in production lines by assessing and implementing robotic assistive devices. She is currently working on collaborative robotics risk assessment and application for the manufacturing industry.
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Olatunde Banjo
PhD Student
Olatunde Banjo is a research student in the school of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering at the University of Essex. Tunde’s first degree is in Engineering Physics and also has an MSc in Mechatronics Engineering. As an associate, Tunde worked in a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) between HSSMI and De Montfort University to develop an innovative solution to design collaborative environments for engineers using 3DPDF technology. He also worked on a UK research project considering the impacts of modern artificial environments (e.g. aircraft cabin conditions, buildings etc.) on human health. Tunde has a passion for intelligent systems and is currently doing a research project looking at how Multi Agent Systems can minimise the impact of variation induced complexity in mixed model assembly plants in line with concepts from the fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0).
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Pawel Ladosz
Intern
Pawel is an intern within Data Analytics for Resource Efficiency team. He has graduated with a MEng in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Manchester in 2014. He is currently pursuing PhD at Loughborough University. His PhD is focused on using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles as communication relays in urban environments. During his PhD, he used optimisation, path planning and machine learning techniques. In his role with HSSMI Pawel is developing optimisation algorithm to improve routing efficiency on a factory floor as a part of OpenMOS initiative.
Riccardo Palmarini
PhD Student
Riccardo is an enthusiastic PhD student at Cranfield University, funded by HSSMI. He holds a MSc in Aircraft Vehicle Design from Cranfield University and a BEng in Aerospace Engineering from University of Naples, Federico II, Italy. He has been working for two years as Project Engineer at MECFOND spa. His role has been designing Mechanical Presses for the Automotive field and following the manufacturing process in order to ensure the success of each project. He is currently enrolled in a PhD. The aim of his research is to apply Augmented Reality (AR) technology to improve the human performances for maintenance and manufacturing operations. The need for developing AR solutions for industrial processes rises up from the constant research of improvement in terms of efficiency and safety in this field. The main platform utilized for his research are Unity 3D and OpenCV.
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Ruwan Karunarathne
Technical Lead
Ruwan is a Technical Lead within Virtual Engineering Team at HSSMI. He has a Bachelor and Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from Queen Mary University in London and Kingston University. Having worked in the Aerospace sector for over three and a half years in Research & Development of wing assembly using novel technologies, he has vast experience in product design, simulations, robotics, tooling & fixtures and manufacturing to improve assembly processes. Currently he is working on virtual reality and augmented reality projects to improve manufacturing and training engineers.
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Samuele De Guido
Technical Lead
Samuele is a Technical Lead in the Digital Engineering and Test Centre. He explores new digital and simulation opportunities for the automotive sector. His primary focus is on the “Virtually Connected Hybrid Vehicle” (VCHV) – a distributed HiL project with 6 top UK universities. He also collaborates in the “OpenMOS” European project. Areas of expertise include Simulation (FEA) and Optimisation. He graduated in Italy (MSc in Mechanical Engineering) and began his researcher career at University of Twente in Netherlands. He also worked there as project engineer (MECAL - Engineering Consultancy) and as Mechanical Design Engineer (ASML – leader in the semiconductor industry).
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Shahab Arif
Engineer
Shahab has a BEng (Hons) degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Huddersfield and a Master’s in Embedded Systems. At HSSMI, he has been working on developing applications to visualise marine energy data and cutting simulation time using Ai and automating data collection. He has previously worked on developing technology roadmaps and optimising factory information systems.
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Simone Pereira
Project Delivery Engineer
Simone is an Engineer within the DETC Project Delivery team. She holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from Queen Mary, University of London and joined the team in February 2016 in the product development division. In her current role, Simone supports the delivery of projects such as the Virtually Connected Hybrid Vehicle and other DETC collaborative research initiatives with technical project management and monitoring. Simone has previously worked on the development of a digital roadmap for the UK automotive industry.
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Siyue Lui
Intern
Siyue Liu got her BEng in Heat Energy and Power Engineering from Chinese University of Petroleum. After graduating she worked at Chinese State Key Laboratory of Engines for one year. She is currently a PhD student in Loughborough University AAE department. Siyue joined HSSMI as an intern and takes part in the FCREEV developing project, she is mainly responsible for the fuel cell system simulation and analysis.
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Stoney Gomez
Office & Finance Administrator
Stoney is the Office & Finance Administrator at HSSMI. She is currently an undergraduate with 5 years’ experience in office administration. During this time, she gained a qualification in Business and Administration. She joined HSSMI in February as a Junior administrator and has since progressed to Office & Finance Administrator where she supports the HR/Office and Finance Managers.
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Tosin Famusudo
Technical Lead
Tosin is a Technical Lead in the Virtual Engineering Team. He holds a degree in Automotive Engineering with Management from the University of Hertfordshire and takes pride in expanding his knowledge in the automotive design and manufacturing Industry. Tosin specialises in CAD design and Simulation and is part of the Virtual Engineering Team. He is currently working on CAD harvesting and simplification, as well Simulation studies and 3D PDF creation.
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Yasemin Canik
PhD Student | Design & Communication Strategist
Yasemin is a PhD student in the Institute of Design Innovation at the Loughborough University London. Her PhD is co-sponsored by HSSMI and her university. She investigates the success and failure factors of commercialising joint R&D projects from open innovation framework. She holds the MSc degree in Design Innovation Management from Loughborough University London and her first degree is Industrial Design from Middle East Technical University. Besides her PhD activities in HSSMI, she works part-time as a Design & Communication Strategist. With the guidance of commercial director, she gives key decisions on company branding and design activities, manages the internal and external digital communications strategies and liaises with internal staff and external partners in particular to the communication and marketing activities.
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