HORIBA MIRA is synonymous with innovation in the way we travel, including autonomous or self-driving vehicles. At its autonomous vehicle development centre near Hinckley, the only one in the world, it is leading the way in enabling the automotive industry, policy makers and government to develop autonomous vehicle technology. The Mira Technology Park is host to the biggest names in automotive engineering, including Jaguar Land Rover, Bentley and Aston Martin. This unique event shares some of the developments taking place in this highly innovative sector.
Who are the Speakers and what will they cover?
Anthony Baxendale, Head of Horizon Scanning at HORIBA MIRA, is our Session Chair.
Anthony graduated with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Imperial College, a PhD in Offshore Engineering from Heriot Watt University, and an MBA from Henley Management College. He has a particular interest in long term innovation strategy and currently manages HORIBA MIRA’s advanced research programme and the team to deliver this. He has become a recognised expert in the field of leading advanced technology teams and collaborative research projects in the transport sector with over 25 years’ experience honed in both the aerospace and automotive sectors.
Powering the Hydrogen Revolution
Timothy Lyons (Founder & CEO), VIRITECH Ltd
Timothy is an entrepreneur whose career includes 15-years in Investment Baking and 30-years founding and exiting businesses, including 2 successful Fintech businesses, sold to the Bank of New York and Moody’s Corporation.
With a lifelong passion for engineering, Timothy founded Viritech with his co-founder and CTO Matt Faulks (whose background is in F1 and niche vehicles) as a Cleantech engineering business. Join Timothy as he shares Viritech’s vision and mission to become the world leader in the development of advanced hydrogen powertrain solutions for the Automotive, Aerospace, Marine and Distributed Power industries.
How can skills keep pace with technology?
Tom Hamilton-Dick, Deputy Principal, Curriculum & Innovation, North Warwickshire & South Leicestershire College (NWSLC)
Skills development in the automotive sector is facing a real step change as the demand for the latest technical knowledge continues to grow. Technology is developing faster than ever and as a result there is an ever-growing demand for skills in emerging technology. The MIRA Technology Institute has been developed to specifically to answer these challenges.
Join us to hear about our offer and how we are future proofing training requirements in the Automotive sector.
Tom has worked in further education since 2002 holding a range of roles across colleges in the UK. Prior to joining NWSLC Tom was Executive Director of Curriculum at Nottingham College where he played an instrumental role in the successful merger of New College Nottingham and Central College Nottingham, creating one of the largest colleges in the UK.
Tom has a wealth of experience at a senior level within the Further Education setting, which includes extensive experience in curriculum development and innovation, management of productive business mergers and the successful delivery of large scale and ambitious capital projects, most recently the development of a new £58M campus in the heart of Nottingham. Tom has wide-ranging budget management experience and has successfully led the curriculum elements of numerous colleges to financial stability and sustainability. Tom has extensive experience of working with funders and regulatory bodies, including the ESFA, OFSTED and the OFS as well as working closely on a number of occasions with the FE commissioner.
Tom has played a significant role in driving up outcomes for students and student satisfaction alongside working with colleagues to create financial sustainability, he has a proven track record in the sector and a genuine passion for Further Education.
Thought Leadership – How do we quantify the environmental benefits and limitations of electric vehicles?
Adam Zucconi – Advanced Energy Research Scientist, HORIBA MIRA
The electrification of vehicles is accelerating, predominantly supported by the environmental benefits that electric vehicle technology can offer. However, how do we quantify the environmental advantages or disadvantages? This presentation introduces the topic of life cycle analysis for electric vehicles, and how the advantages of these technologies may not be as simple or significant as some claim them to be.
Adam has an undergraduate degree in Physics and Astrophysics from the University of Kent, and a Master’s degree in Automotive Engineering from Cranfield University, both times graduating with academic awards. Currently, he is a part-time chemical engineering PhD student at UCL’s Electrochemical Innovation Lab. Adam’s research focuses on high-temperature proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells, specifically characterisation and diagnostics. Joining HORIBA MIRA in 2018, Adam completed several rotations on the graduate scheme before obtaining a permanent role as a research scientist in HORIBA MIRA’s advanced research department. His main research interests are PEM fuel cell characterisation and modelling, and life cycle analyses of electric vehicles.
Who should attend?
This event is essential if you are involved in the automotive world in any way and particularly if your focus is the future of the way we travel.