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AFRC, University of Strathclyde

Research Director, Advanced Forming Research Centre, University of Strathclyde

Professor Michael Ward has a dual role as both Chief Technology Officer for the Advanced Nuclear Research Centre and Director of Industrial Strategy for the University. As CTO of the ANRC Michael is focused on providing strategic technical direction, promoting collaborative research and development activity and securing further funding. 

As Director of Industrial Strategy, Michael works with the central team, colleagues across the university, industry and other key stakeholders to help build Strathclyde’s approach to industrial activity. Strathclyde has a broad range of advanced manufacturing activities across the University and its various research centres. 

Previously, as Technical Director of AFRC, Michael was responsible for leading and developing the technical team, which grew to well over 100 staff, and for developing technology strategy to enable the future growth of the centre. Prior to Joining Strathclyde Michael worked for Rolls-Royce in a number of roles most latterly as Chief of Capability Acquisition, which involved leadership of the global manufacturing technology programme and development of the company approach for industrialising manufacturing technology. 

In his earlier career Michael led a specialist process modelling group with expertise in developing numerical models of complex manufacturing processes, which built on his EngD in numerical modelling.

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