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New Staff Member

New Staff Member

Dr Michael Barwood PhD will be joining Bowles and Walker Ltd plastic injection moulding as our new Technical and Quality manager. Michael gained his undergraduate and doctorate at Sheffield Hallam University (SHU). Followed by working at the SHU Material and Engineering Research Institute (MERI) as a postdoctoral researcher.

During his time at SHU Michael investigated Shape Memory Polymers, SMP, which are of considerable interest in research and industry due to their novel properties and vast potential. SMP belong to an emerging class of materials known as ‘smart polymers’.

Following this, Michael has been working as a research associate leading a group at Loughborough University within the Centre for Sustainable Manufacturing and Recycling Technologies (SMART), he has

  • Worked with Toyota on an automotive robotic disassembly material project to increase the value of waste streams generated from end-of-life vehicles.
  • Collaborated with Cambridge Institute for Manufacturing for flow visualisation software tools in manufacturing factories in the East of England.
  • Developed projects for SMART involving companies such as Toyota, Unilever.

Michael is currently a member of the Institute of Leadership & Management and is looking forward to putting his skills to the test at Bowles and Walker Ltd.