Team ULTRAN forms a consortium of 9 industrial and academic partners. ULTRAN is a £5.2M Innovate UK project, with a focus on lightweight technologies that was submitted as part of the IDP9 competition. The consortium is lead by Jaguar Land Rover, with the other members; American Axle Manufacturing, GRM Consulting, Ricardo, Tata Steel, University of Newcastle, University of Southampton and Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG). This combination of partners provides the skills and knowledge required to facilitate the next leap forward in the transmission and driveline industry.
Jaimie Foster, Jaguar Land Rover
Jaimie Foster is a research engineer at Jaguar Land Rover, in the powertrain drive transfer and structures team. Having worked at Jaguar Land Rover for 5 years, he has supported and lead technical research activities within transmission and driveline. He graduated with a 1st Class BEng (Hons) in Motorcycle Engineering from Trinity St. David University in Swansea. Currently Jaimie is the lead engineer for ULTRAN, as JLR is lead partner.
Matt Green, Tata Steel R&D Matt is currently a Principal Scientist in the Materials Design department of Tata Steel Research and Development. He has 20 years of experience as a metallurgist in the steel industry and his current role is focussed on the development of new grades of engineering steel for Tata Steel Speciality Steels.
Chris Aylott, Newcastle University
Chris graduated from Newcastle University in June 1999 with a Master’s Degree in Materials Design and Engineering. Chris joined Design Unit in August 1999 and has since gained extensive knowledge and experience of gear material characterisation, bending and contact fatigue testing of gear materials and analysis of failed gearbox components. Chris has worked as the main materials investigator on research projects funded by the European Commission, Innovate UK and the UK gearing industry. Chris also acts as the main point of contact for consultancy activities related to material characterisation, fatigue testing and failure analysis.
Avtar Panesar, Lubrizol
Andy Forrester, American Axle Manufacturing
AAM representative on Ultran project to develop a light weight driveline unit, supporting the manufacture and testing of gears.
Andy Forrester has 37 years in Engineering environment having worked in Quality, Manufacturing Engineering, Purchasing, Project Management and Production Planning.
Ed Bower, Ricardo
Ed Bower is a principal engineer in Ricardo Innovations leading collaborative and internally funded R&D projects. He has worked at Ricardo for 12 years in a variety of technical roles since graduating with a 1st Class MEng (Hons) degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Warwick. He has an MSc in Automotive Technology Management from Cranfield University and has been a Chartered Engineer with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (CEng MIMechE) since 2009.
David Vickerman, GRM Consulting Ltd
Dr Jiewei Lin, Southampton University
Dr Jiewei Lin is a Research Fellow of the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research at the University of Southampton. He obtained his BSc degree in Energy and Power engineering in 2007 and MSc degree in Power machinery and engineering in 2009. He received a PhD in 2013 at Tianjin University, China. This was followed by a postdoctoral researcher at the State Key Laboratory of Engines on system dynamics and vibration. He joined the ISVR as a Research Fellow in 2015 continuing his research in vehicle dynamics modelling and NVH prediction.
Tony Ridler, Warwick Manufacturing Group
With over twenty five years' experience in managing product and process development projects in the speciality chemical and electronics/solar manufacturing sectors, Tony Ridley has for the past two years been responsible within Warwick Manufacturing Group, Engineering Materials and Manufacturing for project management, collaborating with industrial and academic partners, through client, EPSRC, Innovate UK or European funding streams in the area of Lightweighting Technologies.