Left to right, back row
Lesley Stokoe (Administrator), Keith Blundy, Professor George Carter, Ken Watson,
Professor Doug Cartwright, Professor Roger Crouch (Head of School), and Dr Hui Long (Senior lecturer)
Left to right, front row
Steve Luard, Ken Ridgeway, Peter Waugh, Dr Jim Bumby and Adam Bent (Technical Manager)
Dr Jim Bumby received the BSc and PhD degrees in engineering from Durham University, Durham, UK in 1970 and 1974 respectively. From 1973 to 1978 he worked for the International Research and Development Company, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK, on superconducting machines, hybrid vehicles and sea-wave energy. From 1978 to 2009 he worked in the School of Engineering at Durham University where he was a Reader in Electrical Engineering. He has worked in the area of electrical machines and systems for over 30 years first in industry and then in academia. Dr Bumby is the author or co-author of over 100 technical papers and 3 books in the general area of electrical machines/power systems and control. He has also written numerous technical reports for industrial clients. These papers and books have led to the award of a number of national and international premiums/prizes including the Inst. of Measurement and Control prize for the best transactions paper in 1988 for work on hybrid electric vehicles and the IEE Power Division Premium in 1997 for work on direct drive permanent magnet generators for wind turbine applications and an IEEE award in 2008. His current research interests are in novel generator technologies and their associated control for new and renewable energy systems.
Professor Doug Cartwright, RAEng Visiting Professor in Innovation Doug Cartwright graduated in Mechanical Engineering from Queens University of Belfast. His initial career was at Ricardo in a variety of positions including vehicle power train analysis, design, development, and project leadership. This was followed by a period at Jaguar cars and then as the Technical manager for Zytek, the successful automotive and motor sport systems supplier. Doug joined Cummins Inc, the US based engine and system supplier in 1994. As Chief Engineer he led several technical organisations including European Customer Engineering, the Marine business based in Charleston, USA and the European Aftertreatment business currently he is with the highly innovative division of Cummins Turbo Technologies. Doug was elected a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in 2005 and is the chair on the Tyne Tees Automobile division. Doug was recently awarded as Durham University’s Visiting Professor in Innovation by the Royal Academy of Engineering.
Keith Blundy has spent years in corporate blue chip organisations leading technology, product and market development initiatives across a broad range of industrial sectors. His track record in realising successful products is indicated by successful winning two queens awards for technology and innovation. A senior business executive with wide experience in the technology based manufacturing sector, encompassing engineering design, product management, new product development, sales, marketing, strategic business development, operations, services and support functions. Results-driven, dynamic and commercially focused, combining strong technical expertise with well-developed strategic business management and leadership capabilities. He is now Managing Director of Aegies Associates a North East based – Market, Brand and Product development consultancy business – specialising in all aspects of the product management and technology acquisition process.
Professor George Carter, RAEng Visiting Professor in Engineering Design George Carter was educated at Cambridge University and joined the Royal Navy as an Engineering Officer specializing in Weapons control and Nuclear Reactor control. He was made a Defence Fellow in 1970. On leaving the Navy he worked for British Steel on the Automation of the steel making processes. In 1979 he founded Labman Automation, a successful company that specializes in bespoke robotic systems for the phamaceutical industry. George is currently a non-executive director of Labman. In 1980 he joined Durham University and has been an industrial tutor since that date. His company won a gold medal for design in 1985, George won a Government/ University award for academic enterprise in 1982 and a Royal Academy of Engineering prize in 2009 for his work as a Visiting Professor in Engineering Design at Durham University. He is currently a design tutor to Second, Third and Fourth year students.
Steve Luard received a BSc in Mathematics and Computer Science at Newcastle University. Steve pursued a 30 year career in industry, firstly at BSC for 3 years in Industrial Engineering and then for 26 years at Philips. At Philips, Steve held a number of positions, starting his career in Industrial Engineering, progressing through Process Development, Quality Management, Product Development and Product Design. Steve also spent 2 enjoyable years in the Netherlands at Philips's Product Design Centre. Steve is currently employed as a part time Industrial Tutor in the School of Engineering, putting the skills he has learnt to good effect.
Ken Watson received a BSc in Physics at Durham University. Ken then pursued a 40 year career in industry, firstly at Corning Glass Works for 11 years in Process Development and then for 29 years at Philips. At Philips, Ken was trained in problem solving by the guru Dorian Shainin and was awarded the UK Chairman’s Award in 2001. He held a number of positions, starting his career in Industrial Problem Solving, progressing through Quality Systems, Product Development and Product Design and Introduction. Ken mentored new engineers particularly in Project Management and the use of 6 Sigma Techniques. He is currently a design tutor to second and third year students
Ken Ridgeway was educated at Rotherham Grammar School between 1951 and 1956, afterwards undertook an engineering apprenticeship with William Cooke and Co., this involved a five year course at Rotherham College of Technology. Ken then pursued a career in the Steel industry for the next 40 years, first at the British Iron and Steel Research Association (BISRA) in Sheffield where he worked in the metallurgy department as a designer on a number of innovative projects including the use of radioisotopes to perform on-line X-ray analysis, and the application of mass spectrometry for process gas analysis. More recently, as BISRA metamorphosed through several phases to eventually become British Steel and then Corus, Ken moved to Teesside and worked in the Steelmaking department, first as an engineering project leader working on process development issues and later as Principal Research Officer which involved designing and leading joint projects with European partners. More recently, Ken was seconded to several steel plants around the country to resolve specific problems related to process engineering. In the recent few years Ken undertook the co-ordination of Corus's European programme and formed links with several universities and managed the Steelmaking department.
Peter Waugh received a BSc in Mining Geology from Imperial College and has over 30 years of experience in process industries in the UK and overseas. Peter joined BSC on graduation working initially in steelmaking before moving into minerals where he managed projects in the UK and Middle East. In 1983 he spent 2 years as a Shift Manager on an iron ore processing pilot plant in Saudi Arabia returning to the UK to become Production Manager at Cleveland Iron. He joined Tioxide, now Huntsman Pigments, in 1986 and worked in the titanium dioxide industry in a variety of manufacturing and technical roles around the globe for the next 24 years. From 2002 Peter was Technology and Engineering Director, leading a team of engineers, scientists and technicians to support and improve manufacturing performance in key strategic areas including the successful deployment of Lean Six Sigma. Peter left Huntsman during 2010 and completed a research fellowship at Durham in the strategic deployment of continuous improvement programmes. Peter set up his own consultancy business in 2011 and provides support in titanium dioxide pigment manufacture and continuous improvement.
Mr Adrian Chapple, RAEng Visiting Teaching Fellow in Design Adrian Chapple graduated with a Masters of Engineering degree from Cambridge University in 2000. Adrian started his professional career at Solid Machine Dynamics in Walker where he worked as a Design Engineer. His work there was focused on the engineering design of mechanical structures to work with subsea cable laying equipment. In 2001 Adrian joined Thyssenkrupp Tallent Ltd, a world class design, developer and manufacturer of chassis structural and suspension products for the global automotive industry. Adrian worked as a Design Analyst developing chassis products for Ford, Jaguar LandRover, BMW and many others. In March 2008 Adrian was promoted to Analysis Supervisor and he is currently responsible for the work and development of nine CAE design analysts in their Design Department
Professor Ernest Appleton was awarded his BSc, MSc and PhD from the University of Salford. In the early 70s he moved to a research post and then a Lectureship at UMIST. Later he took up a Lectureship at the University of Nottingham where he stayed for nine years before moving to take a Lectureship in Engineering at the University of Cambridge, where he was also a Fellow and Director of Studies in Engineering at Girton College. In the 90s he moved to take the Chair in Manufacturing Systems Engineering at the University of Durham. After fourteen years at Durham, Professor Appleton retired from his academic life and became the founder and Technical Director of Durham Pipeline Technology (DPT) where he stayed for five years.
During his career, Prof Appleton has been interested in Plasticity, Manufacturing, Automation and Design. He is the author of about 60 technical papers and a book on Industrial Robot Applications. During his industrial career he worked for IBM and as a Non-Executive Director of the Caledonian Mining Company, where, for five years, he gave leadership in design and innovation related to coal mining activities. After his time at DPT he retired but has returned to Durham to supervise research projects and design groups.
Allan Watson began his career in industrial health and safety in 1975 as an Inspector of Factories with the Health and Safety Executive, dealing with health and safety inspection and enforcement in a wide range of industries and specialisms - shipbuilding and ship repair; docks; general manufacturing; chemicals and pharmaceuticals; radiation safety and construction and demolition. He then made a mid career change from enforcement into practice, specialising in the assessment and management of health and safety risks in scientific research and technology. Allan is currently the Director of Durham University’s Health and Safety Service.