Dr John C Taylor Professor of Innovation, University of Cambridge Institute for Manufacturing
There are countless problems facing the world that engineers can solve. Great engineers are the people who understand that having a brilliant idea is never enough. Getting your new idea into use requires a whole load of non-technical skills, teamwork, and huge amounts of energy. I spend my time at the University of Cambridge teaching, researching and writing on how we can get better at converting ideas into useful products and services that will make the world a better place.
Before becoming an academic, I worked as an engineer in Australia, a teacher and consultant in Japan and as a company director in the UK, helping high tech companies get started and grow. Each year, we give talks in local and regional schools and at the University of Cambridge Science Festival to help people understand the potential of engineering, manufacturing, innovation and enterprise to improve our lives.