New Director of Composites University Technology Centre at University of Bristol

Professor Stephen Hallett has been appointed as the Director of the Composites University Technology Centre (UTC), supported by Rolls-Royce, at the University of Bristol. The Composites University Technology Centre (UTC) was established in 2007 at the University of Bristol and sits within the Bristol Composites Institute (ACCIS).

New Director of Composites University Technology Centre at University of Bristol

The research programme provides validated analysis capability for the response of composites that can be used in the design and manufacture of components. The UTC is at the forefront of supporting Rolls-Royce in its development of the next generation of fan blades and cases for future aero-engines.

The UTC acts as a focus for composites research, providing a coordinated programme to meet the needs of Rolls-Royce and advising on appropriate technology strategy. Rolls-Royce technical experts support the research programme, ensuring transfer of the technology back to the company whilst maintaining scientific excellence.

In the Directorship role, Professor Hallett will be responsible for leadership of the overall research programme and strategy of the UTC in collaboration with the Rolls-Royce UTC coordinator. 

The Bristol UTC has been further strengthened through collaboration with the Lightweight Structures and Materials UTC at TU Dresden, creating the Rolls-Royce University Technology Partnership (UTP). Research activities going forward will be collaborative between the UTP parties, allowing a wider scope for research development and application within the research programme.      

The change in Directorship coincides with the ten-year anniversary of the UTC, for which celebrations were recently held at the University of Bristol. Key stakeholders from Rolls-Royce and academia presented a showcase of the current programme of research as well as highlights and technical advancements made since the launch of the UTC. 

Professor Hallett said: “I am delighted to take on the UTC Directorship role and to continue the work shaped by Professor Wisnom over the first ten years of the UTC.  My previous involvement as Technical Director of the UTC has provided me with a sound understanding of the composites research strategy of Rolls-Royce and I can bring expertise and leadership in composite mechanics, analysis and manufacturing to support and shape the programme going forwards.  I welcome the opportunity to lead the delivery of world-class research for Rolls-Royce and look forward to continuing collaborative working with both Rolls-Royce and TU Dresden, as a key member of the UTP.”

Adam Bishop, Rolls-Royce UTC Co-ordinator, added: “I am delighted that Professor Steven Hallett has taken on the Directorship of the Composites UTC at the University of Bristol. We have worked together for many years and I am looking forward to taking that partnership forward for many years to come. I would also like to take this opportunity on behalf of Rolls-Royce to say thank you to Professor Michael Wisnom for all his efforts over the last ten years and helping to shape the UTC into being a centre at the forefront of composites research.”

Professor Hallett replaces Professor Michael Wisnom as the UTC Director. Professor Wisnom continues his involvement in the programme’s activities as UTC Technical Fellow, maintaining an advisory role to the research programme.

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