David is an industry focused materials and manufacturing engineer with experience of working in both academia and industry. Over the years, David has worked to create simple, flexible route for industry and academia to work together for either training or research purposes. Over £30 million of grant income has been won to support this activity and he continues to develop this area. In 2016, David won the Frank Fitzgerald award from the IOM3 for his personal contribution to the Iron and Steel industry.
David is a co-director and Principle investigator of the £15million Materials and Manufacturing Academy (M2A). The M2A incorporates the EPSRC funded COATED2 Centre for Doctoral Training and works closely with industry to industry focused research and training. Over the next 4 years, over 140 people will graduate from the M2A, each having undertaken a large research project in collaboration with an industry partner.
David co-created the Work Based Learning programme, Materials Education Training and Learning (METaL) which aims to up skill the existing workforce through a series of flexible short courses in the field of materials and manufacturing.