CFMS makes senior appointment to support strategic programmes

Employment & Skills | South West | Technology

The Bristol-based Centre for Modelling & Simulation (CFMS), a not-for-profit specialist in digital engineering capability, has today announced a new senior appointment to support the delivery of a number of strategic projects.

Dr James Osborne, who joins CFMS as technology programmes manager, will work closely with the organisation’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Ian Risk, to oversee both commercial and funded projects – as well as CFMS-specific activity for the new centre for Digital Engineering Technology & Innovation (DETI) project.

A systems engineer by trade, Dr Osborne has spent much of his career working in the space industry, most recently with the global, mobile satellite communications company, Inmarsat. In 2018, he led a multi-disciplinary research team as part of an international joint venture which researched, developed and demonstrated novel technologies for future satellite communication systems.

Following more than 20 years in the space industry, Dr Osborne went on to work as the Head of Systems Engineering for SVGC Ltd, which provides government and industry support for Through Life Capability Management and Generic Capability Management.

Prof Ian Risk, Chief Technology Officer at CFMS, said: “We are delighted to welcome Dr Osborne to the team. Not only is he a talented engineer but has a range of business experiences that will be vital in establishing DETI and supporting the growth of CFMS through an expanding collaborative research portfolio. James’ knowledge and career history aligns perfectly to these needs and makes him perfectly placed to support us at this critical time.”

Dr Osborne added: “CFMS is a growing organisation that is recognised for its proven technical expertise and knowledge, offering the opportunity to focus on exciting projects such as DETI. I am looking forward to working with the team and driving forward its growth in digital engineering capability.”

Dr Osborne was a Research Assistant at the University of Southampton’s Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics after graduating from the university with a first-class honours degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics with Materials Science.

CFMS is a key strategic partner in the DETI programme, which is being led by the National Composites Centre (NCC), both of which are based at the Bristol & Bath Science Park in Bristol.

DETI is a research, innovation and skills initiative that will develop and accelerate digital engineering across multiple industry sectors – to benefit future generations of engineers and engineering products and to help tackle global challenges. Supporting the region’s Local Industrial Strategy, the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) recently announced a £5m investment in DETI to match-fund £5m from West of England industry and academic partners.

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