Dr Steven Harris

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Job title: Head of External Partnerships and Programmes
Organisation: BAE Systems plc
Tags: Advisor, SAN

PhD Southampton University 1985-1988

  • Fully sponsored by the;UKAEA; Winfrith; extensive placement, 1.5 years out of the three-year PhD, at the ;CEGB's; Nuclear Research laboratory at Berkeley, Gloucestershire.BSc (1st Hons) Applied Chemistry University of Portsmouth 1985
  • Thirty papers in technical journals, conference proceedings and books
  • Awarded best presentation at a technical conference on four occasions

Professional and Government bodies

  • UK ESCA Users Group (Secretary), then UK SAF 1993 - 2003
  • NPL Advisory Committee for the Valid Analytical Measurement (VAM) 1993+
  • Visiting Lecturer - Surface Analysis at University of Bristol (1993-1997)
  • Visiting Lecturer - Surface Analysis at Birmingham University Materials MRes (2000 to present)
  • Visiting lecturer Surrey University - Adhesion Science module MSc in Materials (1997-2013)
  • External Examiner Surrey University, Materials MSc (2014 to present)
  • External PhD Examiner at Manchester University and Birmingham University
  • EU Final Project Examiner (FP7)

Previous Positions in BAE Systems:

University Partnership Coordinator, 2012-2015

Coordinate the business response to its UK University base and the government organisations that support the sector.

Key Achievements

  • Developed and deployed new mechanisms of engagement and challenge setting for the University sector.
  • Created the Defence Academic Pathways, a cluster of defence companies which develops multi company academic challenges.
  • Created an open innovation model for BAE Systems University Partnership engagement activities

Integrated Technology Programme Manager, 2010-2012

Develop and managed the company's £12m internal research and development programme, based on the long term strategic plan released by the BAE Systems Executive Committee.

Key Achievements

  • Successful delivery year on year of a >220 project based technology programme, with 97% of all level 1 deliverables as planned
  • Effective management ensuring programme spend was to within 1% of the baseline budget
  • Transitioned the technology developed in the programme into the lines of business

Engineering Capability Programme Manager, 2007-2010

Collate the company's key engineering research requirements and create an annualised agreed £3m research programme, based on the lines of business short to medium term engineering requirements.

Key Achievements

  • Developed effective mechanisms to prioritise the research topics and gain line of business support for the programme
  • Successfully leveraged the programme, tripling investment from outside sources in the technology development
  • Transitioning the developed capability into the business

Materials Engineering Leader BAE Systems, 2001 -2010

Technology lead for materials engineering research with the corporate research centre, delivering capability solutions to the Lines of business for their product needs.

Key Achievements

  • Development of several key technologies that have been made into products
    • Sealant for the A380
    • Corrosion sensor technology fitted to the F35, Typhoon, Type 45, Hawk, Warrior
    • Development of the Corrosion Prediction Model
    • Re-branded the Materials Engineering team and increased their work load to 250%

BAE Systems Technology Lead, 1988 to 2000

Within the corporate research centres materials department; responsibility for research on sealants, corrosion, paints and numerous other areas. Company expert in that area with expertise acknowledged nationally and internationally.

Technical Areas

Paints, Sealants, Corrosion, Conversion Coatings, Diffusion Bonding of Aluminium Alloys, Metal Matrix Composites, Analytical Support, Surface Analysis, Corrosion Sensors, Adhesion, Welding & Composites.

Technical Responsibilities

Development of the surface analysis suite at ATC-Sowerby; Specifying and subsequently purchasing the following major facilities for the ATC: XPS, AES, SIMS, STM, SEM, EDX, AFM, XRD, VPSEM.

Development of the corrosion sensor technology for aerospace applications, this includes a management and technical role in application of this technology to land, air and sea platforms.

Management of the ATC research programmes on welding, adhesive bonding, coatings, NDT, bio sensors (Stress Measurement), environmental monitoring, platform corrosion and the evaluation of stealth coatings.