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Precision engineering for optical applications: knowledge transfer into UK industry
Author(s): Christopher Sansom; Paul Shore

Paper Abstract

A means of facilitating the transfer of precision engineering knowledge and skills from academic institutions and their research partners into UK optics and optical engineering companies is described. The process involves the creation of an Integrated Knowledge Centre (IKC), a partnership led by Cranfield University with the support of the University of Cambridge, University College London, and the OpTIC technium. This paper describes the development of the three main vehicles for knowledge transfer. These are a Masters level postgraduate degree course (the Cranfield University led MSc in “Ultra Precision Technologies”), a portfolio of industrial short courses which are designed to address key skills shortages in the fields of precision engineering for optical applications, and an e-learning package in precision engineering. The main issues encountered during the development of the knowledge transfer teaching and learning packages are discussed, and the outcomes from the first year of knowledge transfer activities are described. In overall summary, the results demonstrate how the Integrated Knowledge Centre in Ultra Precision and Structured Surfaces’ approach to knowledge transfer has been effective in addressing the engineering skills gap in precision optics based industries.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 June 2009
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 9666, 11th Education and Training in Optics and Photonics Conference, 96660Z (5 June 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.2208031
Show Author Affiliations
Christopher Sansom, Cranfield Univ. (United Kingdom)
Paul Shore, Cranfield Univ. (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9666:
11th Education and Training in Optics and Photonics Conference
K. Alan Shore, Editor(s)

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