Hi, my name is Dr. Mark D’Souza-Mathew. I am the founder and key contact for all things SME Bridge.
I have been educated in the fields of Electronic engineering, Information technology, Nanotechnology, Particle & Interfacial science and Innovation management, with manufacturing experience in investment casting and powder metallurgy as applied to aerospace, oil & gas, defense and nuclear power engineering. My last held employment was R&D manager at AMRC Castings: a publicly funded institution dedicated to bridging the gap between academia and industry for investment casting.
Drivers: Through my work experience I learned of the market, supply chain and regulations surrounding high value part manufacture in Europe. I became familiar with the decades old programmes enabling knowledge transfer between academia and industry, and the track records of the same. I was concerned to learn that the typical manufacturing SME was under-represented in this pool of companies accessing specialists from academia. There are several reasons for this, which include the high cost of access and the often lengthy associated times in reaching a project conclusion or return on investment. These SMEs often sit on the supply chain of larger companies responsible for high integrity products such as aircraft & nuclear reactors, and therefore deserve an equal amount of attention and specialist support to troubleshoot processes, adapt to change, secure intellectual property, exploit advancements in technology, and thus become more competitive. SME Bridge was founded with the intentions of bridging this gap.
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