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University of Bath

Parvez Akhtar IAAPS Business Development Manager

Heading up IAAPS business development and responsible for delivery of commercial and collaborative research partnerships in advanced propulsion systems

Role

Parvez is responsible for ensuring that IAAPS works collaboratively with commercial and academic partners in advancing powertrain technology towards low and zero carbon emissions, supporting the development of new technology and creating business opportunities to keep the automotive industry in the UK growing

Career

Parvez has extensive powertrain development, test, and validation experience gained at Ford, Jaguar Landrover and Caterpillar. His 25 year automotive career started at UMIST researching diesel sprays before joining Perkins Engines. In 1999 he joined Ford, and worked in various roles from research through to programme management, spending time in Dearborn, Aachen and Cologne supporting engine development and powertrain integration activity. After 13 years at Ford, he joined Jaguar Landrover on the Ingenium programme providing key technical leadership and direction on functional performance and component validation. After the launch of Ingenium, he took up a role with Tata looking after the offshore engineering centre in Pune. On return from India he worked on reducing Jaguar Landrover’s multi million pound global test facility procurement spend. He joined IAAPS in March 2020 where he hopes to use his extensive knowledge and experience of test facilities and their role in developing conventional and electrified powertrains to create business opportunities, joint research collaborations and strategic partnerships to develop future mobility solutions.

Education

Parvez holds a first degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in Research in Computational and Experimental Fluids from UMIST.