Dr John C Taylor Professor of Innovation, Institute for Manufacturing (IfM), University of Cambridge
Tim Minshall is the inaugural Dr John C Taylor Professor of Innovation at the Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge. He is the Head both of the Institute for Manufacturing and the IfM's Centre for Technology Management. He first joined the University in October 2002 as a University Lecturer in Technology Management, before becoming a Reader in Technology and Innovation Management.
Tim is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of Technology, Enterprise and Competitiveness (ITEC) at Doshisha University, and a member of the IET's Innovation and Emerging Technologies Policy Panel. He is a member of advisory / steering committees for groups including ideaSpace Enterprise Accelerator, Cambridge University Entrepreneurs, Cambridge i-Teams and 100% Open.
Before joining the Centre in 2002, he was a Project Manager and Board Member at St John's Innovation Centre Ltd where he worked on a series of projects to support industry / academic collaboration focused around new technology ventures. Two of his main projects were support for the setting up and early management of the University of Cambridge Entrepreneurship Centre (now Cambridge Enterpriseand the Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning) and the management of the 'Developing Entrepreneurs' project. This project led to the formation of the 'Enterprise Link' networking group for new technology ventures, the production of the 'Cambridge Technopole Report', the formation of the Cambridge Technopole Group, and the publication of the 'Funding Technology' report series.
Prior to working at St John's Innovation Centre, he worked as a teacher, consultant, plant engineer and freelance writer in the UK, Australia and Japan. He has B.Eng. from Aston University and a PhD from Cambridge University Engineering Department.
He is actively involved in outreach activities to raise awareness of engineering among primary and secondary schoolchildren. Resources relating to this topic can be found at the What Engineers Do blog.