For the fifth year running, Cranfield University invites you to the Global Manufacturing Student Think Tank 2018 for what promises to be an inspiring and informative event. This Global debate will inform UK, EU and international students on national and international developments in the manufacturing industry and encourage them to think globally and appreciate the networked world and interdependencies.

About the keynote presenters

Dr. Stephen Fox, VTT, Finland
Stephen Fox MSc PhD has twenty-five years' industry experience as an apprentice, craftsman, manager and director. He obtained all his qualifications while working full-time in industry. He has more than fifteen years of experience carrying out scientific research, development, and innovation work. His work is reported in professional periodicals and scientific journals including: Journal of Consumer Culture; Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management; Manufacturing Engineer; Technology Forecasting & Social Change; and Technology in Society. Most relevant to this Think Tank is his work in socio-technical systems for breaking down barriers to people manufacturing their own prosperity in regions without industrial infrastructure.

Mr. Andrew Schofield, BAE, UK
Andy Schofield is the Head of Manufacturing & Materials Engineering in the Air Sector of BAE Systems. He has over 35 years of experience in the aerospace industry and is currently responsible for the development, deployment and subsequent governance of all engineering processes, technology and capabilities used across a variety of military aircraft products. He has experience of the full lifecycle of the aircraft products ranging from conceptual studies for future aircraft projects through to providing support to aircraft in operational service. Andy also sits on a number of advisory groups in the UK and represents BAE Systems on the programme boards of a number of High Value Manufacturing Catapult Technology Centres in the UK. He is member of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and a Chartered Engineer.

Dr. John Temple, NTC Europe, UK
Dr John Temple is Manager Business Efficiency at Nissan Technical Centre Europe (NTC-Europe) and until recently, Manager for Organisational Culture at Nissan Motor Light Trucks, in Omiya, Japan. He started his career as an apprentice engineer at Triumph Motorcycles and moved to Jaguar Cars in the early 1970s, where he trained as draughtsman and eventually became a Principal Engineer for Passive Restraint Systems – Seat Belts & Airbags. He started to work for Nissan in 1991 and has held various positions at NTCE including stints as Manager of Exterior Trim and Plastics, Manager of Design Co-ordination, Manager of Project Management and Manager of Knowledge Management.

Event Programme

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13:00-14:00 Lunch and networking Meet with Cranfield Manufacturing Senior Management team, Programme Directors, Couse Directors and Manufacturing MSc and PhD students
14:00-:15:00 Keynote Talks Dr. Konstantinos Salonitis, Cranfield University, UK: Opening the Global Manufacturing Student think tank Dr. Stephen Fox, VTT, Finland: “Manufacturing growth continuum” Mr. Andrew Schofield, BAE, UK: “Future aerospace challenges driving manufacturing and material innovation” Dr. John Temple, NTC Europe, UK: “Cultural Challenges”
15:00-17:30 Student presentations and debate Richard Williams: Manufacturing in the UK Perez Garcia Pablo: Manufacturing in Spain Corentin Nico: Manufacturing in France Marco Borghesi: Manufacturing in Italy Leith Chouaieb: Manufacturing in Tunisia Q&A session (Hosted by Dr Konstantinos Salonitis, MSM Programme Director) Oliver Mörth: Manufacturing in Austria Marcin Szymiczeck: Manufacturing in Poland Lin Lin and Yue Zhou: Manufacturing in China Ubong imeh Equere: Manufacturing in Nigeria Jose Miguel Granados Beber: Manufacturing in Guatemala Q&A session (Hosted by Dr Konstantinos Salonitis, MSM Programme Director)
17:30 Event Closing

Location and travel details

Vincent Auditorium, Cranfield University.

Who should attend

UK, EU and international students on national and international developments in the manufacturing industry.


Free to attend