Graham Penning OBE Hon DSc FRSA, Group Technology Director for David Brown Gear Technology, has been appointed as a Visiting Professor of Practice with the School and will be collaborating with the Design Unit in taking forward gear technology research.
Graham is a recognised international leader in industrial gear technology and has worked for David Brown Gear Technology for 40 years, progressing from an engineering apprentice through to the past 20 years as a Director. He is Chairman of the British Gear Association (BGA) and Chair of the BGA training committee. Recently, Graham has led the technology revival within David Brown for wind power transmissions and as part of this has actively supported collaboration with Design Unit for regional funding initiatives, including a successful award from The Northern Way to develop a new wind power bearing test facility.
David Brown Gear Technology is the largest gearbox supplier within the UK, recognised as operating at the high technology end of gearing with supply into wide-ranging sectors, including power generation, renewable energies, aerospace and defence. It is the sole supplier used for UK naval gearing.
It is intended that enhanced links through Graham’s position as Visiting Professor of Practice will result in an expansion of research and other collaboration directly between Design Unit and David Brown Gear Technology, together with development of wider collaborative research projects with Industry through BGA.
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published on: 12th April 2012