Virtual Connections Café: Support and Networking Webinar

DATE: 14 July, 2021

LOCATION: Webinar

START TIME: 10:00 am END TIME: 12:00 pm

Our next Virtual Connections Café will be held on Wednesday 14th July

Connections Cafés are a Connected Places Catapult series of SME support and networking events where we connect our SME community to industry, government and funders.

During this Connections Café we will discuss knowledge exchange and collaboration between universities and innovative SMEs.

Increasingly academics and entrepreneurs work hand in hand to develop new products and services which positively impact the transport, built environment, and underlying infrastructure in our towns and cities.

Be it an academic-led spinout or a start-up approaching a university known for its excellence in a specific field, there is no singular way to engage in knowledge exchange partnership, but a variety of routes and facilities that includes grant funding, access to expertise and testing, IP commercial licensing or a combination of these.

Our speakers are knowledge exchange managers, academics and business executives from the UK and abroad working together to develop, test and commercialize ground-breaking solutions for sustainable power generation, digital twins democratization, clean water management and urban planning.

Join us for this interactive session to get first-hand insights on how academic excellence and entrepreneurship work together and what the different parts of that journey are.

To find out more about Connected Places Catapult events please visit our website.

Agenda

10:00

Welcome & Introduction

Metodi Naydenov
SME Development Manager
Connected Places Catapult

10:10

University of Brighton & Dolphin N2

Jennifer Wells
Knowledge Exchange Manager
University of Brighton

 

Prof. Rob Morgan
Professor of Thermal Propulsion
University of Brighton

 

Simon Brewster
Chief Executive Officer
Dolphin N2

 

Nick Owen
Technical Director
Dolphin N2

10:30

University of Leeds & Slingshot Simulations

Dr Erik Thomasson
R&I Development Manager
University of Leeds

 

David McKee
Chief Executive Officer
Slingshot Simulations

10:50

Brunel University London & Aqua Sense

Dr Hitesh Patel
Sr Business Development Manager
Brunel University London

 

Dr Eujin Pei
Director for Postgraduate Studies, and Programme Director for Product Design Engineering
Brunel University London

 

Sudeep Dasbiswas
Founder & Board Member
Aqua Sense

11:10

Novaya Labs & University of The Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (SA)

Dr. Miriam Maina
School of Architecture
University of The Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (SA)

 

Yuriy Milevskiy
Managing Director
Novaya Labs

11:30

Connected Places Catapult

Julia Brady
Academic Engagement Delivery Lead
Connected Places Catapult

11:45

Panel Discussion and Q&A

12:00

Networking Session & Closing Remarks

Jennifer Wells

Jennifer Wells

Knowledge Exchange Manager

University of Brighton

Jennifer gained a master’s degrees in Information Science and Marketing and has over 20 years of experience of working at the interface of university-industry collaboration, across multiple disciplines. Previous roles include corporate training, leading on university consultancy, collaborative R&D and delivery of SME support programmes.

Professor Rob Morgan

Professor Rob Morgan

Professor of Thermal Propulsion

University of Brighton

Robert Morgan is a professor of Thermal Propulsion in the Advanced Engineering Centre at the University of Brighton. He joined Brighton in 2011 after eighteen years in industry, first with Ricardo then Ceres Power and finally as Chief Technical Officer at Highview Power Storage. His career has focused on novel propulsion technologies for transportation, fuel cells, thermal management, energy storage and cryogenic engineering. He has published 60 articles and is named on 14 patents. Professor Morgan has worked with the Advanced Propulsion Centre in developing the 2019 Heavy Duty, Fuel Cells and Thermal Propulsion roadmaps.

Simon Brewster

Simon Brewster

Chief Executive Officer

Dolphin N2

Simon led the incubation, spinout and sale of Dolphin N2 from Ricardo PLC from 2017 to 2019, and has since grown the business under the ownership of CNH Industrial to further develop and commercialise the proprietary split cycle technology for serial production.

As a graduate engineer with 30 years’ international industry experience, Simon has led the start-up of companies and collaborative teams through to successful market and B2B business creation in automotive and industrial sectors, focusing on clean innovative technologies.

Nick Owen

Nick Owen

Technical Director

Dolphin N2

Nick Owen studied at Cambridge University & joined Ricardo PLC in 1995 as a Manager in Thermal Systems.

Nick is responsible for development of the technology, including growing the engineering team, with the technology partners, and delivering the first multi-cylinder prototypes.

An experienced propulsion and power systems engineer with background in both ICEs and electrification, Nick recently oversaw the successful development of a uniquely efficient liquid nitrogen expander engine for use in power-and-cold applications; that engine is now entering the market in truck refrigeration.

Dolphin N2

Dolphin N2

Company

Dolphin N2 have a radical vision to challenge how both freight transport and distributed power generation and storage solutions are developed, by harnessing their CryoPower technology. CryoPower is a recuperated, split cycle thermal engine, which has the potential to reduce fuel use by up to 30%, with a clear pathway to sustainable future fuels.

Dr Erik Thomasson

Dr Erik Thomasson

Research & Innovation Development Manager

University of Leeds

Erik is a Research & Innovation Development Manager at the University of Leeds – interfacing with external partners and stakeholders to co-design new research and innovation and to maximise the impact achieved through its application. He has a PhD in Logistics and a Masters in Transport Planning and Engineering.

Dr David McKee

Dr David McKee

Chief Executive Officer, Chief Technology Officer & founder

Slingshot Simulations

Dr David McKee, is Chief Executive Officer, Chief Technology Officer & founder of Slingshot Simulations pioneered the concept of Simulation as-a-Service. David is a Royal Academy of Engineering enterprise fellow and chairs the OMG Digital Twin Consortium’s working groups on technology.

Slingshot Simulations

Slingshot Simulations

Company

The first Simulation-as-a-Service software company committed to democratising simulation technology to a wide commercial audience. Slingshot Simulations facilitates easier, faster, and cheaper simulation than is currently available. Month to Minute simulations. Enabling the rapid simulation of complex massive scale systems. Slingshot Simulations provides tools for the automated configuration, deployment, management, and analysis of simulations.

Hitesh Patel

Hitesh Patel

Sr Business Development Manager

Brunel University London

Hitesh oversees the Business Development team. He has specific responsibility for looking after and supporting activities in the area of Advanced Manufacturing and Automotive. His role involves engaging and working with academics and other professional services colleagues across Brunel University London to develop new partnerships and collaboration with external stakeholders and target external funding to take the collaboration forward.

Eujin Pei

Eujin Pei

Director for Postgraduate Studies, & Programme Director for Product Design Engineering

Brunel University London

Eujin is the Director for Postgraduate Studies, & Programme Director for Product Design Engineering at Brunel University London. He is a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and a Chartered Technological Product Designer (CTPD) with the Institution of Engineering Designers. Eujin teaches Product and Innovation Design, developing a range of projects by working with industry clients to deliver innovative and commercially-viable product solutions and services. He is the Leader for Brunel University’s Additive Manufacturing and 4D Printing Research Group.

Sudeep Dasbiswas

Sudeep Dasbiswas

Founder & Board Member

Aqua Sense

Aqua Sense

Aqua Sense

Company

Aqua Sense are currently working on an innovative optimized solution that helps monitor water safety, availability and accessibility in an online real-time manner leveraging some of the latest and next-generation technologies. Our real-time data model will provide useful insights, alerts and notifications across multiple platforms and digital channels and has a positive impact in eliminating the outbreak and preventing deaths and diseases.

Dr. Miriam Maina

Dr. Miriam Maina

School of Architecture

University of The Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (SA)

Yuriy Milevskiy

Yuriy Milevskiy

Managing Director

Novaya Labs

Novaya Labs

Novaya Labs

Company

NOVAYA offers clients an integrated data-driven approach to town planning, property development and urban regeneration.

NOVAYA create digital tools to make decisions informed, and planning process swift, efficient and transparent.

NOVAYA advise local communities and city governments on innovating planning process from baseline analysis to policy development and implementation.

NOVAYA partner with developers and investors to improve decision-making on early stages of project lifecycle, from feasibility studies to design, providing actionable insights on cost management, risk, and financial return.

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