Nick Weston, General Manager for Renishaw’s research facility in Edinburgh, Scotland has been awarded a fellowship by the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE). Fellowships for the RSE help showcase the breadth of knowledge and intellectual standing that exist in Scotland. Weston has earned his fellowship principally from his work developing industrial metrology products for Renishaw. He is also an Associate Editor of the Journal of Precision Engineering and works with a number of academics on research programmes at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, and other institutions in the UK.
During his 25 years at Renishaw, Weston has been involved with a number of significant innovations, including Renishaw’s REVO multi-sensor 5-axis measurement system, which is now the gold standard for high-speed and accurate dimensional metrology in the manufacturing industry. Weston has also worked on disruptive engineering technologies that are leading to new innovations in areas from additive manufacturing to miniature optical sensors.
“This is a great achievement for Nick and reflects the standing which he and Renishaw have within academia and industry,” commented Chris Pockett, Head of Communications at Renishaw. “He is also a great mentor to future generations of engineers, sharing the specialist knowledge that he has gained during a highly successful career in the research and development of globally successful metrology products.”
“I have been nominated by the RSE as one of 62 new fellows who have all been recognised for their expertise in areas ranging from engineering to philosophy,” explained Weston. “As part of my fellowship, I help mentor the next generation of engineers. This gives me the opportunity to support the students, learn from their different perspectives about the industry and be inspired by them. Early career engineers and scientists can see past the accepted limitations that more experienced people often perceive as road blocks. Newly qualified engineers often suggest the most innovative ideas because they have a new perspective and are less likely to be constrained by traditional approaches that limit creativity, forcing us to rethink if an idea is achievable.”
As part of its STEM outreach programme Renishaw partners with universities, local schools, colleges and extracurricular groups to support future engineers from the outset of their career.
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