Dr Paul Wood
Position: Reader in Advanced Manufacturing
Dr Paul Wood took up the appointment as Reader in Advanced Manufacturing at the IISE in April this year. Paul has gained extensive experience in advanced manufacturing spanning 36 years in the transport sector, both in industry and within HEI research organisations, including an industrial apprenticeship served with Westinghouse Brakes. He gained his PhD at the University of Aston by completing a manufacturing research project in continuous extrusion that was funded by British Nuclear Fuels. He was employed for 7 years as a manufacturing engineer of aerospace products at Doncaster’s in Sheffield, with responsibility for process design, tooling and equipment for hot sheet forming, high temperature superplastic forming and diffusion bonding. Thereafter he gained extensive experience whilst at the University of Warwick's WMG researching lightweight materials with crash safety imperatives for the automotive industry, and subsequently at the Advanced Forming Research Centre researching advanced manufacturing for the aerospace industry. He held the part-time position of visiting professor at the Metz National School of Engineering in France for 3 years collaborating on a project to study the high rate dynamic behaviour of lightweight alloys including ultrafine grain magnesium and aluminium alloys. He was appointed the UK's nominated principal expert by BSI, to develop the new international ISO standard 26203-2 which describes a mechanical test and measurement procedure to characterise the behaviour of metals and alloys at high strain rates for vehicle crash safety applications. In total he has authored and contributed to 50 papers published in journals and international conferences most of which are peer reviewed, and published 1 book. Recently returning from his position as General Manager where he successfully established a new advanced manufacturing centre in Penang, Malaysia, to support development of skills in bulk and sheet metal forming and metal cutting, he will lead research partnerships at the IISE in collaboration with industry, that will apply emerging manufacturing techniques to innovate new products and processes for enterprises in the East Midlands.