Industrial Advisory Board

The purpose of the Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering is to advise the Management Committee of the Department, composed of the Head of Department and Heads of Research Centres, on all aspects of the operation of the Department, including its policy and strategy, and to assist the Department in their implementation, especially in its activities involving or impacting on industry.

The Board is constituted by members from industry, senior members of the Department Academic staff and some support staff, all appointed to the Board by the Head of Department. The Board is chaired by an industrialist appointed by the Head of Department.

IAB’s role is advisory, rather than decision making to help give the skills to industry that can ensure students can progress into future careers.

The aim is to be a forum for strategic discussion and to assist with industry related operational aspects of the Departmental undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and research programmes.

Remit of the board and terms of reference

The purpose of the Industrial Advisory Board of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE) is to advise the Management Committee of the Department, composed of the Head of Department and Heads of Research Centres, on all aspects of the operation of the Department, including its policy and strategy, and to assist the Department in their implementation, especially in its activities involving or impacting on industry.

The Board is constituted by members from industry, and Senior members of EE Academic staff, all appointed to the Board by the Head of Department. The Board is chaired by an industrialist appointed by the Head of Department.

The key roles include:

  • Advising on the overall strategy and direction of the Department, particularly in terms of issues such as undergraduate (UG), postgraduate (PGT) and CPD teaching programmes, corporately-orientated research, corporate engagement; external image, identity and positioning of the Department; and other questions of strategy and direction that may arise
  • Supporting the Department in promoting professional training in industry
  • Assisting the Department in securing industrial projects for UG and MSc students
  • Advising the Department on its Doctoral Training Programme
  • Assisting the Department in providing internship placements for PhD students
  • Sponsoring UG and PG prizes and to select the winner of the IAB MSc Project Prize
  • Sponsoring the Departmental Research Prize for Excellence in Research and selecting the winner
  • Contributing to teaching activities
  • Advising the Department on key professional skills required by industry
  • Assisting and advising in responding to evaluation submissions
  • Helping to establish and develop the Department’s position within networks of practice, locally, nationally and internationally
  • Advising on fund raising activities, including identifying opportunities especially those most relevant to the focus areas of the Department
  • Acting as a sounding board for new ideas and developments in the Department
  • Assisting the Management Committee to build and deliver cases for institutional change where these are required
  • Advising on the areas of science relevant to longer-term industrial development in Electronic Engineering
  • Reviewing the portfolio of academic projects, both planned and current, and support as appropriate (with practical help, letters, etc as appropriate) to ensure relevance
  • Identifying overlapping interests, encourage their exposure to help form research consortia in pre-competitive areas, and monitor the level of collaboration
  • Advising on opportunities for commercialisation of research
  • Ensuring that a vision is maintained of where the Department should be in a rolling five-year period, and help develop its unique selling point or hallmark of success

This page highlights the broad skill-sets in electronics research, products and services of individuals and companies involved with the Department's Industrial Advisory Board. Further details of our members can be found below.

NAME PLACE OF WORK ABOUT
Dr Matthew Ball Thales  
Dr Paul Brasnett Imagination Technologies Ltd  
Dr Martin Butterworth Network Media Communications  
Dr Steve Eckersley Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd  
Mr Mike Fitch British Telecom plc Broadband, phone lines and digital TV for UK homes. Mobile, security, networked IT and voice services for businesses and organisations around the world
Mr Simon Fletcher Real Wireless Ltd  
Mr Philip McCluskey Rohde and Schwarz Ltd

Rohde & Schwarz is one of the world's leading manufacturers of information and communications technology products for professional users. Initially focusing on RF engineering and RF applications in test and measurement, radiocommunications and broadcasting, the company has continually expanded its fields of activity over the past decades and has now become one of Germany’s largest manufacturers of IT security products.

Mr Martin Moseley Airbus Defence & Space  
Dr Adel Rouz Fujitsu Laboratories Europe (FLE) Fujitsu Laboratories Europe (FLE) is a multidisciplinary centre which, as part of Fujitsu's global R&D activity, conducts research in the fields of information
Dr Andrew Smith NPL  
Mr Alan Turner Sony Sony is one of the leading manufacturers of electronic products for the consumer and professional markets
Mr Robert White Elekta Ltd Elekta Ltd is a human care company pioneering significant innovations and clinical solutions for treating cancer and brain disorders
Mr Simon Wood BAE Systems Applied Intelligence  
Mr Daniel Woolley BBC Breaking news, sport, TV, radio and a whole lot more. The BBC informs, educates and entertains - wherever you are, whatever your age

Every year postgraduate taught students have an opportunity to present to the Industrial Advisory Board members and Department Staff at a poster session at the MSc Project Fair.

The IAB also award the MSc Advisory Board Prize and the Departmental Prize for Excellence in Research.

Previous winners of the Departmental Prize for Excellence in Research:

2017 Departmental Prize for Excellence in Research Dr Zhenhua Feng (CVSSP)
2016 Departmental Prize for Excellence in Research Dr Jose Anguita (ATI)
2015 Departmental Prize for Excellence in Research Dr Philip Coleman (CVSSP)
2013 Departmental Prize for Excellence in Research Dr Chris Bridges (SSC)

2012 Departmental Prize for Excellence in Research

Awarded for ground breaking research in electric propulsion systems and the innovation within the field

Dr Aaron KNOLL

Surrey Space Centre, Electric Propulsion for Small Satellites
 

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Many students at the University of Surrey take a Professional Training Year between their second and final year as an Industrial Placement. This provides invaluable experience and training for students during the course of their degree. It also provides an opportunity for employers to attract excellent students to work for them for a year, many of whom return to their placement employers following completion of their degree. Employer participation in the placement year can play a role in corporate graduate recruitment strategy.

Professional placements typically run for 12 months, from summer to summer. We run a Professional Training Support Office, which manages the liaison with placement companies and students, and advertises placement opportunities to our undergraduates.

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