Promoting knowledge exchange in the space industry

Promoting knowledge exchange in the space industry

The OU is home to the Centre of Electronic Imaging (CEI) in collaboration with e2v, a leading global provider of technology solutions for the medical, science, aerospace, defence, commercial and industrial markets.

Headquartered in the UK, e2v employs around 1,600 people and is a world leader in the supply of image sensors to organisations such as NASA for the Hubble Space Telescope.

e2v provides sponsorship for research training at postgraduate and post-doctoral levels. The main focus of CEI’s work is the development of imaging sensors for space applications and to promote knowledge exchange within the industry. The centre has around 20 researchers and PhD studentships and there is also the option for e2v employees to gain a PhD on a part-time basis.

Dr James Endicott, Principal Applications Engineer, says: ‘The knowledge exchange is two way. It’s moved from us having 30 years’ experience in imaging and training research students to them coming to us with thought-provoking work.’

Professor Andrew Holland, who leads CEI, says: ‘The OU and e2v collaboration is a leading example of knowledge exchange between academia and industry. It helps promote the UK industry overseas and develop the next generation of scientists and engineers.’

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