University appoints Honorary Associate Professorship to BMT’s Jake Rigby

Jake Rigby appointed Honorary Associate Professor

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.

University appoints Honorary Associate Professorship to BMT’s Jake Rigby

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 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 make shipping more efficient and 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 today's problems whilst shaping tomorrow's ideas.

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, supporting future research and technology development initiatives and sharing expertise.  The association also provides opportunities to employees, researchers and students through knowledge exchange, project placements and sharing of facilities.

Jake Rigby