Director of the Electronics, Sensors, Photonics Knowledge Transfer Network
The Electronics, Sensors, Photonics Knowledge Transfer Network was set up in 2010 merging the work of 5 previous KTNs traversing the entire electronics and photonics technology space.
ESP KTN is committed to connecting people who don’t usually meet because that’s where the magic happens. Whether this means materials scientists talking to laser scientists about 3D printing: or farmers talking to sensors specialists about sustainable agriculture—we exist to put innovation into practical use.
A Little Bit About Me
Steve has a PhD in Astrophysics and a Master’s degree in Spacecraft Engineering. Prior to setting up ESP, Steve enjoyed a lengthy career working at UCL’s Mullard Space Science Laboratory designing and building spacecraft instrumentation, and working on the international space programmes with NASA, and the European and Japanese Space Agencies. During his time at UCL Steve also conducted research into areas around innovation, technology planning and exploitation and has taught academic courses in electronics, astronomy, and ICT; and commercial courses in ‘Systems Engineering’ and ‘Technology Management’ for several large companies.
Steve is very experienced at transferring technology between application areas, and has brought a more ‘challenge-led’ approach to the business of knowledge sharing, working with a team who are skilled at ‘translating’ between the different languages that can exist between different end-users and technology developers.
What I’ll be talking about
Innovation can be about ‘new’ or about ‘new to me’, and powerful outcomes can happen when new ideas are brought to problems that need solving. There are a number of supporting mechanisms available to help companies discover and exploit opportunities, and this session will look at some of these and how to access them.