Dr Pete Osborne
Innovation Launchpad Network+
Dr Pete Osborne is the Senior Research Fellow at the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, where he plays a leading role in the development of the AMRC‘s technology strategy. Pete has worked at the AMRC for more than 17 years, working on a wide range of industrially focussed research programmes for companies such as Boeing, Rolls-Royce and Siemens Gamesa. In 2013. Pete won a BAE Chairman’s Bronze award for work developing a 3D tool wear measurement approach as part of which enabled them to make multi-million-pound savings on the tooling for the F35 programme.
Pete also led the delivery of the AMRC’s contribution to the Rolls-Royce High Performance Disc Manufacturing workstream within the SAMULET programme. This project developed new methods of manufacture for the key disc components within Rolls-Royce’s Trent family of engines which underpinned their decision to build their UK Disc facility in Washington, UK. Pete obtained his MEng (2002) and PhD (2006) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Sheffield. His PhD investigated the use of ultrasound to measure the contact and sealing of elements within the Regenesys Technologies experimental field cell where he developed a novel method of measuring the sealing performance between elements of the fuel cell stack.
Pete’s current research focus is on the development of road mapping processes to provide foresight on future technology, workforce and supply chain needs of the UK. He is a Chartered Engineer with the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and in addition to being the Principal Investigator and Director of the Innovation Launchpad Network+ he is also a co-investigator in the £5.7M AURA Centre for Doctoral Training in Offshore Wind and the Environment.