I’ve known about KTP (formerly TCS) all my academic life, but did not engage with the programme until relatively recently. As a structural mechanical design engineer, I have always applied my research to problems which meet the needs of industry. However, I had sometimes struggled to find the right outlet for my work and also the right company to work with.
KTP has given me a great platform to make the most of my work. I have completed a few now, working with diverse companies who make products such as cement mixers, heat exchangers, medical devices, roofing systems and aerospace components! In each case, the work has been good, the relationships great – not without their challenges at times, and in the main, the associates have performed well above expectation. Getting the right associate is crucial to success!
Each of the partnerships I have been involved in have worked well – but like the old adage, the more you put in, the more you get out. Getting the right academic working with the right company is key – and I’ve turned down and also passed on potential KTPs to other colleagues.
Most recently, I was very chuffed to be nominated and shortlisted with my colleague, Dr Bobby Hamilton and our industrial partner, Capital Steel, and our associate, Dr Asraf Uzzaman, for the InnovateUK KTP Best of the Best Awards in two categories. Althought we didn’t win the overall best partnership, we got a lot right - being there was a great achievement.
For me, I will continue to promote KTPs to both companies and academics alike, and I’ll certainly try and keep working on KTP projects as a great mechanism for knowledge exchange and impact – and for the record, I currently supervise two KTPs!
Happy birthday KTP@40
Professor David Nash
Vice-Dean Knowledge Exchange
Faculty of Engineering
University of Strathclyde