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University Wins Engineering Excellence Award at National KTP Ceremony

The University and Fianium have won the Engineering Excellence Award for a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) at the 2015 national KTP Awards Ceremony.

Lead academic, Professor Jonathan Knight, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research), Dr William Wadsworth and Associate Dr James Stone, all from the Department of Physics, have been awarded by Innovate UK in recognition of engineering excellence with Fianium.

They were also nominated in the category for Best Partnership Award for the same KTP.

The University has a long standing KTP history with Fianium, a fibre laser company focused on the manufacture and development of ultrafast, high power laser systems.

University KTPs have been fundamental to helping Fianium’s strategy of further developing the spectral coverage and long-term operation of supercontinuum products. Typical applications include medical therapy and ultrafast material processing.

John Clowes, Director of Business Development at Fianium, says: “The KTP project between Fianium, the University and Jim Stone has been a great success and this award is a recognition of the excellent work carried out by all parties.”

Professor Knight says: “Innovation funding including the KTP programme has been vital in ensuring that our research ends up in the marketplace, resulting in jobs and exports. I’m delighted that the team’s efforts to generate impact from Bath research have been recognised in this way.”

In 2013 the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) graded the KTP with Fianium as ‘Outstanding’. Commenting at the time, John Clowes, said: “The KTP grading is another excellent example of our continued successful working relationship with the University of Bath”.

The University of Bath is celebrating KTP success at several national awards ceremonies.

Similar KTP accolades result from of a long standing history with Navtech Radar, world leading designers and manufactures of commercial radar detection solutions.

The partnership has helped provide radar solutions for one of their main market areas of security and highways monitoring.

In October 2015, Navtech Radar were awarded at the British Engineering Excellence Awards (BEEA) for Design Engineer of the Year and, with the University of Bath, Design Team of the Year.

Richard Poulton, Navtech radar, who was presented with the award, has provided industrial leadership for the current KTP with the University. This will develop a ‘long-range’ radar sensor for the multi-award winning company, extending what is currently their longest range.

The Associate on the KTP, Kashif Siddiq, from the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, was nominated by Innovate UK for a Business Leader of the Future award at the 2015 national KTP Awards.

Kashif has been working with Navtech Radar to develop the ‘long-range’ radar sensor for the multi-award winning company.

On being nominated, KTP Associate Kashif Siddiq, said: “The KTP project will have a profound impact on my career. I am seeing myself as a project leader in the near future”.

The University and Navtech Radar also won The Best KTP Building on EPSRC Funded Research award at the national KTP Awards in 2010, when the partnership designed and developed a new low cost radar sensor for security applications.

For further information on KTPs please contact:
Juliet Mather
KTP Recruitment and Administration
Email: ktp@bath.ac.uk   

KTP Award Team

Left to right: Lead academic, Professor Jonathan Knight, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research), Dr William Wadsworth and Associate Dr James Stone.

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KTP Associate James Stone, centre, with left, Peter Mosley, Head of Centre for Photonics and Photonic Materials and, right, John Clowes, Director Business Development at Fianium.  

Design Team of the Year

KTP Associate Kashif Siddiq, with Richard Poulton, Navtech Radar, presented with Design Team of the Year.