Keynote speakers

Translating innovative technology into business success
Following her graduation from Nottingham University, Frances worked as an Electronic Engineer in the motor industry before joining the Royal Signals and Radar Establishment at Malvern as a research scientist in the Liquid Crystal Devices team. She undertook a variety of research and science and technology management roles within the MOD establishments and in Central Government, where she oversaw the interface with the Research Councils and RCUK. She also set up the Diamond Light Source, supported the activities of the British Antarctic Survey and represented the UK on the Council for CERN and at the OECD Global Science Forum. The culmination of her Civil Service career was her role as Chief Executive of Dstl which she held from 2006 until her early retirement in March 2012.

Frances was a founding Non-Executive Director of Ploughshare Innovations Ltd, the subsidiary of Dstl she set up in 2006 to exploit its intellectual property. She has experience as an NED of technology start-up companies and is currently an NED of Becatech Systems Ltd. She has been a Member of Cranfield University Council since 2007, was a member of the industry advisory panel to the Cockroft Institute from 2009-12 and is a Trustee of the Engineering Development Trust. She is a member of the Physics Panel for the REF2014 university assessment exercise and was elected as President Elect of the Institute of Physics in 2012, taking up the office of President in October 2013.

Material issues relating to high power spallation neutron sources
Masatoshi Futakawa earned his PhD from Tohoku University through research work on structural integrity evaluation of high temperature components in nuclear gas-cooled reactors, carried out at JAERI after he graduated from Tokyo Institute of Technology. As an invited researcher, he studied impact failure of ductile materials at UKAEA in UK from 1993-94 and fracture mechanics of ceramics at FJK in Germany from 1995-96. Afterwards, he continued working in R&D on structural materials relating to fusion reactors and high power neutron sources at JAEA, and became a Deputy Director of the Materials and Life Science Division at the J-PARC Center. He is a Visiting Professor at Ibaraki University, and a member of the International Advisory Committee for the European Spallation Neutron Source and for the Spallation Neutron Source in US.  

Invited speakers

Structured materials: striving to do more with less
Atul Bhaskar graduated from IIT Kanpur in Mechanical Engineering. Following this, he obtained his master's degree in Applied Mechanics (IIT Delhi) and a PhD (University of Cambridge). Before joining Southampton in 1999, he taught at IISc Bangalore and IIT Delhi. He has also worked in the industry in the mechanical design and aerospace sectors prior to joining the academia. His current research interests are in the areas of computational and theoretical solid mechanics applied to structures & materials where he has published extensively in the leading journals and international journals, in addition to being awarded several patents. His previous and current research has been supported by EPSRC, BBSRC, EU, industry, Royal Academy of Engineering, Leverhulme Trust, etc. He has been a recipient of several awards and honours such as the George Stevenson Prize and Medal of the IMechE and the Leverhulme Senior Research Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering. He leads a team of over ten researchers working on problems in the aerospace, automotive, marine and biomedical sectors, with current research funding over £2M.

Radar screening using weakly ionised plasmas
Jonathan Blackledge is the Stokes Professor at Dublin Institute of Technology and holds a PhD in Theoretical Physics from London University, England and a PhD in Mathematics from the University of Jyvaskyla, Finland. He has published over 250 scientific and engineering research papers including 15 teaching and research books, has filed 15 patents and 18 'Technologies to License' and has been supervisor to over 200 MSc/MPhil and 56 PhD research graduates. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications.

Materials in action
Lee Eccles graduated with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering, before going on to achieve Chartered status and complete a Master's Degree in Business Administration specialising in the management of technology.

Lee has 20 years' experience in the field of opto-mechanics with the majority of his time spent in the development of new products. Lee has delivered a wide range of civilian and military products for automotive, marine, aerospace and infantry applications. Lee works for Qioptiq, a world leading company in the optics sector. Lee now has responsibility for delivering part of the company's Technology Roadmap.

Lee is passionate about promoting Engineering as a stimulating and rewarding career choice. Lee is a Member of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Silicene: experimental evidence and properties of the graphene-like form of silicon
Antoine Fleurence graduated Physics BSc and MSc degrees at Paris-Sud University. The subject of his PhD degree graduated in 2007 at Paris-Sud University was the growth and the study of magnetic self-organized nanostructures and thin films on Si(111). This work was continued by several postdoctoral positions including a stay at the university of Bialystok as invited young researcher. Since 2009, Antoine Fleurence is working at the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology where he was hired as assistant professor in 2012. His current research focuses on the growth and the characterization of silicene and other prospective 2D materials.

Early detection of infectious diseases: mobile phone-connected diagnostic tests
Claudio Parolo has an MSc in Industrial Biotechnology from the University of Padova. He obtained his PhD from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, developing electrochemical and paper-based biosensors using nanoparticles as labels. During his PhD he was granted a prestigious fellowship from the Catalan Regional Government to spend 6 months at Harvard University in the group of Prof. George Whitesides, where he worked on the fabrication of a paper-based reference electrode. In 2013, Parolo joined the group of Prof. Rachel McKendry at the London Centre for Nanotechnology, University College of London, as postdoctoral research associate. His main role is to develop smartphone-connected disease diagnostics in collaboration with the group of Prof. Molly Stevens at Imperial College London. Claudio is employed as part of 'i-sense', a large-scale EPSRC, interdisciplinary collaboration on early warning sensing systems for infectious disease, led by Prof. McKendry. i-sense brings together teams of scientists, engineers and clinicians from UCL, Imperial, LSHTM, Newcastle, Surrey and Public Health England, in partnership with NHS stakeholders, NIHR BRCs and Academic Health Science Centre UCL Partners, Newcastle Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, the Wellcome Trust Africa Centre, together with industry partners including OJ-Bio, Microsoft, Cepheid, Telefonica O2, Cambridge Life Sciences and Mologic.

Atomic Precision Engineering of Advanced Materials
John N. Randall, President of Zyvex Labs, Executive VP at NanoRetina, and Adjunct Professor at UT Dallas, has over 30 years of experience in Micro- and Nano- Fabrication. He joined Zyvex in March of 2001 after 15 years at Texas Instruments where he worked in high resolution processing for integrated circuits, MEMS, and quantum effect devices. Prior to working at TI, John worked at MIT's Lincoln Laboratory on ion beam and x-ray lithography. He has 102 articles published in refereed journals, 50 conference proceedings and other publications with > 2600 citations and 25 issued US Patents with > 600 citations. His current research interests are developing digital, atomically precise manufacturing technology and developing an artificial retina to restore sight to the blind.

Modelling and experimental characterisation of high velocity impact on CFRP
R Vignjevic, Cranfield University, UK

Modern approaches to the creation of thermally loaded space rocket composite structures
Sergey V. Reznik graduated from Bauman MSTU in 1971 with the degree in aerospace engineering. His Candidate of Science (PhD) and Doctor of Science theses were dedicated to modelling and parametrical identification of thermal processes. Sergey has worked at Bauman MSTU from 1971, as Professor since 1998 and as the head of Rocket and Space Composite Structures department since 2008. His contributions to the Russian space industry include unique test stands, rocket and spacecraft components testing, nonmetallic thermal insulation and structural materials characterization. He has authored and co-authored more than 310 research papers. Sergey is an expert in space structures and technology with the Russian Ministry of Science and Education. His current research focuses on thermal design, production and testing of rockets and spacecraft, including reusable spacecraft, space reflectors, large volume space structures.

Nanodiamond Films and Particles
Oliver Williams received his B.Eng in 1998 and PhD in 2003, both from University College London. He then worked as a Center for Nanoscale Materials Distinguished Postdoc in the Nanocarbon theme at Argonne National Laboratory. Following this he moved to IMO/IMEC in Belgium where he worked as a Research Scientist for four years. He then accepted an "Attract" award at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State Research in Freiburg, Germany where he was team leader of Diamond Technology for 3 years. He is now Reader in Experimental Physics, Marie Curie Fellow and head of Cardiff Diamond Foundry, a new research group built around nanodiamond technologies. His main interests are nanodiamond growth, processing and nanostructures fabricated from it.