|Keith Ridgway is the Professor of Design and Manufacture and Executive Dean of the recently formed Advanced Manufacturing Institute at the University of Sheffield. The AMI has been established to build on the success of the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre with Boeing (AMRC) and the Nuclear AMRC and increase the opportunities for collaborative research and high-level training. The AMRC was established in 2001 to carry out research in manufacturing technologies directly related to the aerospace industry. In addition to Boeing, the AMRC has more than 60 sponsors, including BAe Systems, Rolls-Royce, and Messier Bugatti Dowty. Application of the research developed has led to a step change in the manufacturing capability of many of the industrial sponsors and encouraged their on-going commitment and support. The Nuclear AMRC was established in February 2010 and aims to increase the competitiveness of companies in the Nuclear New Build supply chain. Founding partners include EDF, Areva, Westinghouse, Rolls-Royce, Sheffield Forgemasters International and Tata Steel.|
Professor Ridgway is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Royal Institute of Naval Architects and Royal Aeronautical Society and was awarded the OBE for services to UK manufacturing industry in June 2005. In January 2012 Professor Ridgway was awarded the CBE for services to Manufacturing Research. Professor Ridgway has over 160 publications including 57 journals articles.
The session will describe the history and development of the AMRC with Boeing. After describing how the AMRC started the session will describe the approach to research collaboration and how this has stimulated the growth of the Centre to include aerospace and nuclear manufacturing, composites, structural testing and apprentice training. The future direction and development strategy will also be described