Professor Tim Minshall, Dr John C Taylor Professor of Innovation & Head of the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM)
Tim is the inaugural Dr John C Taylor Professor of Innovation at the University of Cambridge, Head of the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) and Head of the IfM’s Centre for Technology Management (CTM). His research, teaching and engagement activities are focused on the links between manufacturing, innovation, and skills.
Since joining the University of Cambridge in 2002, Tim has played a very active role in the development of innovation and technology management activities across the University. He also works closely with companies in the Cambridge cluster, the largest and most successful technology cluster in Europe. Tim was appointed as Head of the IfM in 2017 and is a member of the board of directors for IfM Education and Consultancy Services Ltd and St John’s Innovation Centre Ltd, and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of Technology, Enterprise and Competitiveness (ITEC) at Doshisha University in Japan. He is a member of the IET's Innovation and Emerging Technologies Policy Panel, and the UK Made Smarter Commission’s Expert Panel.
Tim is a Fellow of Churchill College Cambridge, where he is also the Director of Innovation and Engineering Outreach. He is a recipient of a University of Cambridge Pilkington Prize for Teaching Excellence and a Royal Academy of Engineering/ExxonMobil Excellence in Teaching Award. He is also actively involved in outreach activities to raise awareness of engineering and manufacturing among primary and secondary school children and their teachers.
Before joining the University, he was a Project Manager at St John's Innovation Centre, where he worked on a series of projects to support industry / academic collaboration focused around new technology ventures. Prior to working at St John's Innovation Centre, he worked as a teacher, consultant, plant engineer and freelance writer in the UK, Australia and Japan. He has B.Eng. from Aston University and a PhD from the University of Cambridge, Department of Engineering.