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University of Bath

Dr Aby Sankaran Industrial Partnerships Manager

Providing advice and guidance to academics on business-led research.


Aby is responsible for establishing and managing partnerships between academics and companies. His role includes:

  • facilitating relationships with industry
  • identifying and promoting funding opportunities, including Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) and other Innovate UK schemes
  • supporting the process of securing industry funding
  • overseeing industry partnerships when funded

Aby welcomes your enquiry if you want to work better with industry.


Aby has a range of industrial experience from start-ups, Small and Medium-sized Enterprise (SMEs), to working in Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM).

Her transition to industry was funded through an Impact Acceleration Award (IAA) - based within the Business Development team at Siemens Marine Current Turbine to provide technical support while understanding the business development needs.

Aby has also spent time working at the Bristol Doctoral College, building a portfolio of industry funded opportunities within the Industrial Strategy remit. She also developed a suite of training opportunities for Researchers to support engagement with external organisations.

Her research interests include renewables and sustainability, with specific experience in taking know-how from academia into industry.


Aby holds a PhD in Marine Renewables and a BEng in Electrical Engineering from the University of Edinburgh.