It has been announced that Simon Edwards, Ricardo’s global director of technology, has been appointed to chair EARPA, the influential association of automotive R&D organisations across Europe.
Founded in 2002, EARPA – the European Automotive Research Partners Association – brings together over forty of the most prominent R&D providers in the European automotive sector. It is independent of any external body and funded only by its members, which range from large and small commercial organisations to national institutes and universities. As a platform for automotive researchers, EARPA aims to actively contribute to the European Research Area and to future EU Framework research programmes, promoting close co-operation with the automotive industry, automotive suppliers, the oil industry, European Institutions and EU Member States.
Ricardo – one of the founding members of EARPA – is very active in the European research area, in particular in previous Framework programmes: the CORE research project on truck engine fuel economy, for example – on which Ricardo recently presented in Paris – is part of the EU Framework 7. The company is now responding to the challenges set by Horizon 2020, the biggest EU research and innovation programme yet. Ricardo is also a member of ERTRAC (European Road Transport Research Advisory Council) and EGVIA (European Green Vehicles Initiative Association) – the latter being a key Horizon 2020 initiative.
Simon Edwards is a specialist in engine development, with a particular interest in commercial vehicles. He re-joined Ricardo in 2012 as Global Director, Technology, after an earlier thirteen-year spell with the company that culminated in a stint as Chief Engineer, Technology at Ricardo Germany, during which he managed all the company’s research activities in that country. From 2006 he spent six years as Director for Advanced Engineering at Behr GmbH & Co in Stuttgart. Prior to joining Ricardo for the first time in 1993, he completed his doctorate while working for LeylandDAF Trucks. The author of more than thirty-five technical papers and the co-editor of two books of statistics in engine optimization, Simon has also been a visiting lecturer at and sits on the technical advisory board for the Esslingen University of Applied Sciences in Germany.
Neville Jackson, chief technology and innovation officer at Ricardo, said: ‘We would like to warmly congratulate Simon on his appointment as chair of EARPA. It is a tribute to the breadth and depth of his own experience in automotive R&D, and also constitutes recognition of Ricardo’s strong commitment to commercially focused research and development – in Europe and beyond’.
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