Ushpal Thind, an experienced mechanical engineer, has joined Graphene Enabled Systems Ltd, The University of Manchester’s graphene and 2D materials commercialisation business.
Previously a test engineer for the micro-CHP and utilities business, Flow Products, based in Capenhurst Cheshire, Ushpal brings a wealth of experience in industrial product design and manufacturing know-how.
Ushpal will work closely with the academic teams at the University, industrial partners, suppliers and customers. As well as being an experienced design engineer, Ushpal has an MSc in Materials Science and Engineering from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands and a BEng in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College London.
Graphene Enabled Systems Ltd, which is headquartered on Grafton Street in Manchester, is owned by the University. The new company’s mission is to create a number of highly profitable ‘spin-off’ businesses based on the University’s graphene patents. The University expects that many of these future ‘spin-off’ businesses will be based in and around Manchester, creating new jobs in the region and benefiting the local economy.
Using the University’s patents and working closely with scientists, Graphene Enabled will seek out new markets for graphene-based products. Once these markets have been identified, Graphene Enabled will create high-quality product prototypes which will showcase the technology to potential industrial partners and customers.
As an important part of the University’s graphene strategy, Graphene Enabled works in close collaboration with the University’s research teams, innovation and IP groups (UMI3 and UMIP), the National Graphene Institute (NGI) and, in 2018 and beyond, the new Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (GEIC).
Andrew Wilkinson, Graphene Enabled’s CEO, commented: “We are very excited that Ushpal has joined us. His experience in product design and industrialisation will help to create high quality product demonstrators and prototypes capable of exciting customers in a wide range of markets and applications. In the coming months we will continue to build our engineering team, enabling us to accelerate the pace at which we bring new product concepts to market.”
For further information about Graphene Enabled, please visit our website www.graphene-enabled.com and follow us on Twitter @GrapheneEnabled.