WMG Chairman delivers keynote at prestigious Zienkiewicz Lecture
Professor Lord Bhattacharyya delivered a lecture entitled: ‘The mobility revolution: How innovation in automotive energy systems, intelligent vehicles and service customisation will transform how we travel,’ before being presented with a commemorative medal from Professor Roger Owen.
This has led to the exciting new EPSRC Tata Steel Prosperity Partnership flagship investment in long-term use-inspired fundamental research, where Swansea University and WMG come together to create a new ‘virtual factory’ for rapid alloy prototyping.
Professor Lord Bhattacharyya began his career as graduate apprentice at Lucas; subsequently gaining an MSc in Engineering Production and Management, and PhD in Engineering Production at the University of Birmingham. In 1980, he became Professor of Manufacturing Systems at the University of Warwick; founding WMG to help organisations innovate and university researchers to change lives. Today, WMG is one of the world’s top applied research centres, combining academic excellence and global business results. Throughout his career, Lord Bhattacharyya has brokered partnerships, including Jaguar Land Rover’s acquisition by Tata. He has advised industry and governments internationally and sat on the UK Council for Science and Technology and its Nurse Review of Research Councils. He is a Fellow of The Royal Society and Royal Academy of Engineering, and a Regius Professor of Manufacturing. He was awarded the Padma Bhusan by the President of India and in 2017 the Great Wall Friendship Award by the Mayor of Beijing, and Chinese Government Friendship Award, the premier national award, by Vice-Premier Ma Kai. In 1997, he was appointed a CBE, knighted in 2003 for services to education and industry, and made a life peer in 2004.