Thursday 9 September 2021 | British Motor Museum | Gaydon

March 2020 - Speakers

Maurice Banting, Head of Design Software and Tools - DesignSpark, RS Components

Maurice has worked globally with industry-leading electronics companies for over 30 years. With a background in engineering and technology disciplines, he heads up the Design Software and Tools offer at DesignSpark, RS Components. Delivering the software to a world-wide audience, Maurice works alongside the DesignSpark teams to support this activity with resources, content and support, all through the DesignSpark engineering platform website.

Jason Biddulph, Applications & Integration Engineer, Micro-Epsilon UK

With a wealth of experience in the Nuclear, Defence, Automotive and FMCG industries, Jason understands engineering processes. His personal knowledge includes hands-on engineering through to the management of engineering teams. As the UK technical lead for Micro-Epsilon in the 2D/3D sensor group and turnkey system solutions, he is responsible for managing projects from initial enquiry through to test evaluation and the integration/commissioning at the end user's facility. These systems include inline thickness measurement, dimension control and autonomous 3D surface inspection systems.

Sven Brehler, engineering project manager, TR Fastenings

TR Fastenings is expanding their technical know-how and expertise to support customers in an ever changing market. Sven Brehler is the Engineering Project Manager at TR Fastenings and part of the global team. Sven draws from over two decades of experience in design and development, product management and application engineering in a wide range of industries, geographies and disciplines, including automotive, renewables, offshore and aerospace. Sven applies a back-to-basics approach when reviewing existing and new challenges.

Matt Evans, Product Engineer, 6SigmaET by Future Facilities

Matt Evans is a Product Engineer for 6SigmaET at Future Facilities in London. He graduated from the University of Surrey with a Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering. After university he gained experience in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) working at CHAM, the creators of the first commercially available CFD software, on a wide range of simulation projects. In his current role Matt provides training and support for engineers across the electronics industry who are simulating thermal management.

Tony Folan, senior field application engineer, Altium UK

Tony is an Engineering graduate with an 20-year history of providing pre and post-sales technical support to users of Altium Designer in the UK. He is also an experienced tutor having delivered Altium training courses and technical workshops to thousands of design professionals. His in-depth knowledge of Altium Designer and promoting best practice earned him certification and recognition as an Altium authorised tutor.

Bruce Girvan, Director IP and Licensing, Impression Technologies

Making materials work better- Bruce has over 35 years of experience in developing and commercialising technology in the materials, low carbon and international energy sectors. He has developed material technology-based businesses from spin-out, through listing, to completing international development and license agreements with global companies, including Honda and Nissan. Bruce has a decent understanding of lP. Success in business is never easy and for materials, that involves connecting market interests and needs with new material technology and capable people who can really deliver- it is a balance of good partnership, trust and products that demonstrate value.

Chris Howey, Managing Director, Tantec

Chris works with Plasma and Corona systems throughout a wide range of industries; from those with many systems such as Automotive and Medical to those embracing the new technology such as graphene and nano materials. “We push the technology to grow our customer base and the uses of the equipment – it seems a new idea comes along every week for how to use plasma or corona in a way nobody else is doing, even when it’s a twist on the old favourite of making something stick better”

Neil Moore, Product Manager – EMC Boardware & Industrial Connectors, Harwin

Having studied electronics at the University of Brighton, Neil joined the PCB industry in 2005 working on numerous Automotive, Industrial and Consumer Electronics projects. Neil offers his previous experience and extensive knowledge of circuit board design and production techniques to customer projects.

Bob Orme, senior technology specialist, Henkel

Ron Sangster, managing director, Advanced Witness Systems

Ron Sangster has 40 years’ experience in the torque measurement and calibration industries. Before setting up AWS Ltd 20 years ago, he worked for companies in the field, gaining them international recognition. He’s designed solutions to torque problems in numerous industries, including oil and gas, nuclear, defence, aerospace, medical, automotive, fastener, and accredited laboratories. He’s been the design consultant to NPL for the UK’s National Torque Calibration Machine, is chairman of two BSI torque technical committees, and a member of several others. He’s co-authored and presented torque standards papers at world IMEKO conferences, and in National Measurement and Quality seminars.

James Short, application engineer, Stratasys

James graduated with a degree in engineering before becoming interested in additive manufacturing technologies. His experience of traditional vs additive manufacturing processes has given him a great insight in to using the right process for applications, how to identify opportunities for additive, and when to use traditional processes. He has become adept at spotting potential applications by spending hours walking manufacturing and factory floors with customers large and small across Europe. He has become Stratasys’ defacto expert when it comes to using additive manufacturing technology alongside traditional manufacturing methods, resulting in customers saving time and money whilst boosting productivity.

Michal Stefuca, technical support manager, Altair

Michal Stefuca is a Technical Support Manager at Altair, responsible for providing best in class CAE solutions to the clients, conducting consultancy projects and training courses. Michal completed his MSc in Automotive Engineering in 2011 from Coventry University and has been working with Altair since then. Prior to his current position, he held several positions at Attair, joining in as an Application Engineer, providing clients technical and engineering support for Altair HyperWorks software suite across various industries. He has a thorough understanding of simulation techniques and processes, and how they can be incorporated into the early stages of design and analysis.

Peter Swanson, Managing Director, INTERTRONICS

Peter Swanson is Managing Director of Intertronics, a supplier of adhesives, coatings, sealants and equipment for manufacturing and technology applications. He founded the company in 1979, and has vast experience in assisting manufacturers to achieve productivity enhancement and performance improvement through the selection of adhesive materials and equipment. Outside of the office, Peter is a Visiting Fellow at Cranfield University School of Management, mentoring small businesses to help them achieve growth.

Richard Thompson, Commercial Director, Alvant

Richard is a strategic market development and engineering professional specialising in Technology Commercialisation, Market development and Innovation. Richard joined Alvant Ltd from Williams Advanced Engineering, Richard started his career as a design engineer and engineering manager before transitioning into market development and technology commercialisation. He has worked for niche high performance automotive, motorsport and new venture companies developing and exploiting intellectual property. Richard holds a Mechanical Engineering degree and an MBA from Warwick University’s Business School. He is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers.

Andrew Windscheffel, EMEA AE Director, Cadence Design Systems

Andrew has been been with Cadence for 20 years, before that he was a PCB Designer in several high-tech companies. Andrew mainly works with our large customers, managing the customer relationship – keeping projects running, managing tool support and planning for the future. He works very closely with customers, suppliers and internal Cadence resources (R&D, Product Management, Education Services) to ensure he provides the best possible solution for the customer.

Thomas Wood, managing director, Adhesion Technologies

Experienced fitting, adhesives and manufacturing engineer with 25 years sales experience. Worked closely with the company founder and product designer on research and development and was heavily involved in perfecting production processes.

Peter Woolliams, Higher Research Scientist, National Physical Laboratory

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