Dr Steve Welch is one of the founding directors of KTN, now director of Ideas – the directorate that looks after strategic relationships with Universities (including the KTP programme), emerging innovations, and ‘place’.

Steve has extensive knowledge transfer experience, dating back to the earliest Faraday Partnerships and running through all of KTN history, up to the Electronics, Sensors, Photonics KTN of which he was CEO.

Before moving into knowledge transfer full-time, Steve had an extensive academic career designing, building and using scientific spacecraft instrumentation, based at UCL’s Mullard Space Science Laboratory. During this time, Steve was also involved in teaching and research in systems engineering, and has delivered bespoke teaching, research and consultancy in computer science, electronic engineering and systems engineering to large corporations and space agencies around the world.

Steve has a PhD in High Energy Astrophysics. He is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, and a member of the UK Space Agency’s Earth Observation advisory Committee.

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