Following graduation in Laser Physics and Optoelectronics from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Alasdair studied for a PhD in Semiconductor Physics at the School of Physics and Astronomy, University of St Andrews.
Moving into industry in 1996 he took up an engineering position with Motorola Semiconductor Products Sector, latterly Freescale Semiconductors, in Scotland. Over the next nine years Alasdair held a variety of posts within manufacturing and senior positions within European IT and European automative product marketing.
Alasdair joined Scottish Enterprise in 2005 as a senior member of the national Knowledge Transfer team with a special remit for Entrepreneurship and R&D collaboration. He ran a number of national projects and was responsible for managing the Scottish Enterprise/Royal Society of Edinburgh Enterprise Fellowship Programme. The Programme seeks to equip researchers with the business skills and knowledge they need to create spin-out companies around their research or ideas. Alasdair was responsible for developing the training provision of the Programme with the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship at the University of Strathclyde and for establishing links with CONNECT and the Entrepreneurial Exchange.
In 2008 Alasdair took on the position of Manager with the West of Scotland KTP Centre. The Centre was established in 1996 to promote and develop Knowledge Transfer Partnerships and provide support to project participants. It is one of the leading developers of Knowledge Transfer Partnerships in the UK and works with Universities, Colleges and Research Organisations (known as Knowledge Base Partners) in the West of Scotland including the Universities of Strathclyde, Glasgow Caledonian, Glasgow, the West of Scotland. In addition the Centre supports Glasgow School of Art, Scottish Agricultural College (Ayr), RSAMD, Central College Glasgow and Motherwell College. Alasdair leads the staff at the Centre in helping companies to identify an academic or researcher with the right expertise to assist their business. A project is then defined and agreed which will enable the company to draw on the expertise of the Knowledge Base Partner.
For more information about the assistance the West of Scotland KTP Centre can provide or on the KTP Programme please contact the Centre on 0141 548 3733 or using our enquiry form.