Steel company forges academic links

Posted on 4 Jan 2011 by The Manufacturer

Sheffield Forgemasters director is appointed a professor at the University of Sheffield.

Dr Jesus Talamantes-Silva, director of research and development at the specialist steel components manufacturer in Sheffield, will become a visiting professor for the department of Engineering Materials at the University of Sheffield.

The department is one of the largest engineering faculties in the UK and consistently achieves high ratings for its research. Dr Talamantes-Silva’s own research focuses on the development and use of finite element and related techniques for engineering simulations.

Forgemasters’ annually spends between five and 10% of its profits on R&D and this investment in R&D has helped Talamantes-Silva, who holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the same university, to develop his expertise in steel engineering. He will give lectures to undergraduates and postgraduates and will be asked for advice on research matters in his new role.

The appointment strengthens existing links between Forgemasters and the University of Sheffield.
Forgemasters has at least two students from the University of Sheffield within its research team at any time and two PhD graduates from the university have already been appointed to Forgemasters’ R&D team.

Jesus, originally from Monterrey in Mexico, said: “It is a wonderful opportunity which will allow me to share my knowledge of the industry with the country’s future engineers.
“As a company, Forgemasters recognises the huge importance of the academic community in Sheffield.”

Forgemasters chairman Tony Pedder is a Pro-Chancellor and chair of the Human Resource Management Committee – which approves HR policy – at the University of Sheffield.

Director Peter Birtles also represents the company on the Steering Committee of the Advanced Metallic Systems Centre for Doctoral Training hosted by the University of Sheffield and The University of Manchester and is chairman of the National Metals and Technology Centre’s Special Metals Forum.