University appoints Honorary Associate Professorship to BMT’s Jake Rigby

University appoints Honorary Associate Professorship to BMT’s Jake Rigby

University appoints Honorary Associate Professorship to BMT’s Jake Rigby

In recognition of a continuing partnership between BMT and the University of Exeter, the University has appointed Jake Rigby, BMT’s Research and Development lead in the UK, as an Honorary Associate Professor in the Department of Engineering.

Working alongside Exeter’s Professor Chris Smith, the partnership will explore how alternative cleaner power systems might work for a range of marine vessels.  Research so far, has developed a new way of simulating hybrid powertrains for ships, highlighting how future developments in technologies such as batteries and AI systems might help to make shipping more efficient and so reduce carbon dioxide and other emissions.

The collaboration will see continued work on a range of cutting-edge technologies, from visualisation and simulation to the future of power systems in the maritime industry; sharing a passion for solving the problems of today whilst shaping the ideas of tomorrow.

Speaking of his appointment, Jake said:

“It is a great honour to receive this appointment from the University of Exeter, which recognises our mutual commitment to continuing our close working relationship.  BMT and Exeter have assessed our key areas of mutual interest, identifying strategic opportunities for closer collaboration, innovation and growth, in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). I look forward to turning this MoU into reality, demonstrating how effectively industry and academia can work together to tackle the increasingly complex problems facing our globalised world.”

Professor Chris Smith commented:

“I am personally delighted to have Jake join us in this honorary position. Jake and BMT are forward-looking and innovative, and this recognises our drive to translate research ideas into technology. Together we can make faster progress to new cleaner power systems, augmented and virtual reality that helps humans, and better simulation tools. With Jake taking up this honorary appointment we can work more closely, share information and inform our strategies.”

The University enjoys a fruitful partnership with BMT, which supports future research and technology development initiatives and sharing expertise.  The partnership also provides opportunities to employees, researchers and students through knowledge exchange, project placements and sharing of facilities.