Keith Ridgway CBE
Executive Chairman of the AMRC, University of Sheffield and AFRC, University of Strathclyde , UK
Keith Ridgway is the Professor of Design and Manufacture and Executive Dean of the AMRC at the University of Sheffield. The AMRC comprises the AMRC with Boeing, the Nuclear AMRC and the AMRC Apprentice Training Centre. The AMRC with Boeing was established in 2001 to carry out research in manufacturing technologies directly related to the aerospace industry. In addition to Boeing, the AMRC has more than 80 sponsors, including Airbus, BAe Systems, Rolls-Royce, Messier Bugatti Dowty, Goodrich and Spirit Aviation. Application of the research developed has led to a step change in the manufacturing capability of many of the industrial sponsors and encouraged their on-going commitment and support.
The Nuclear AMRC was established in February 2010 and aims to increase the competitiveness of companies in the Nuclear New Build supply chain. Founding partners include EDF, Areva, Westinghouse, Rolls-Royce, Sheffield Forgemasters International and Tata Steel.
In 2010 the AMRC was awarded £20m from the Regional Growth Fund and the European Regional Development Fund to build a futuristic reconfigurable, digital factory incorporating Industry 4.0, “Factory 2050”. This opened in December 2015.
Professor Ridgway is also the Executive Chair of the Advanced Forming Research Centre at the University of Strathclyde where he is also the Professor of Manufacturing in the Dept of Design Manufacture and Engineering Management.
Professor Ridgway is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Naval Architects. In 2012 he was awarded the prestigious Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Aeronautical Society. He was awarded the OBE for services to UK manufacturing industry in June 2005 and a CBE for services to Manufacturing Research In January 2012. Professor Ridgway has over 200 publications including over 80 journals articles.
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