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Standard information (or boilerplate) about the IfM and IfM Engage.
Institute for Manufacturing
The IfM is part of the University of Cambridge. With a focus on manufacturing industries it creates, develops and deploys new insights into management, technology and policy.
- Its mission is scholarship, world-leading research and education that:
- Creates knowledge, insights and technologies of value to established and emerging manufacturing industries and the associated policy community.
- Develops the skills and capabilities of researchers, students and people working in industry and government.
- Has an impact on industry and government through knowledge transfer and application, as well as by influencing the direction of future research.
It aims to be the partner of choice for businesses and policymakers, as they enhance manufacturing processes, systems and supply chains to deliver sustainable economic growth through productivity and innovation.
IfM Engage provides education and consultancy to companies of all sizes and national and regional governments, transferring the new ideas and approaches developed by researchers at the IfM through education and consultancy services. IfM Engage is owned by the University of Cambridge. Its profits are gifted to the University to fund future research activities.
About the Head of IfM, Professor Tim Minshall
Professor Tim Minshall is the inaugural Dr John C Taylor Professor of Innovation.
He joined the IfM in 2002 as a member of the Centre for Technology Management. He established his own research group within the Centre focusing on technology-based enterprises and became a University Reader in Technology and Innovation Management in 2013. He has also been a recipient of the University’s Pilkington Prize, awarded to its most exceptional teachers. Most recently, he has been leading research into the industrial adoption of 3D printing and has been part of the team developing the UK’s National Additive Manufacturing Strategy.
Throughout his time at Cambridge, Professor Minshall 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.
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Professor Tim Minshall
The Institute for Manufacturing at the University of Cambridge