Tim Minshall is a Senior Lecturer in Technology Management at the Institute for Manufacturing – a part of Cambridge University Engineering Department. He researches, teaches, and writes on technology enterprise and open innovation and, since 1998, has been involved in helping people get new technologies to market.
He is a non-executive director of St. John’s Innovation Centre Ltd, Cambridge, and a Visiting Professor at Doshisha University Institute for Technology, Enterprise and Competitiveness in Japan. He is a member of advisory / steering committees for groups including IdeaSpace Cambridge, Cambridge University Entrepreneurs, Cambridge i-Teams, and 100% Open.
Prior to joining the University of Cambridge, he earned a BEng from Aston University, and a PhD from Cambridge University Engineering Department, and worked as an engineer, teacher, consultant, freelance writer and project manager in the UK, Japan and Australia. Tim now lives in Cambridge, is married with two children, and enjoys competing in triathlons (very slowly).
Tim will be talking to us about an alarming trend in the UK: the lack of awareness of the absolutely critical role that engineers play in our current and future worlds. Of particular concern is the impact this has on young people wanting to become engineers. After all, engineers don’t just fix things; they make things better. Engineers make the future.