Prof. Richard J. Parker

Richard (Ric) Parker was appointed Director of Research & Technology, Rolls-Royce Group in January 2001, and is based in Derby, United Kingdom. He is responsible for direction and co-ordination of Research & Technology programmes across all the Rolls-Royce businesses, worldwide.

Ric joined Rolls-Royce in 1978, and has held various posts including Chief of Composites and Ceramics, Chief of Compressor Engineering, Managing Director - Compressor Systems and Director of Engineering & Technology, Civil Aerospace.

Ric is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Ric is a member of the NDIC R&D Group, and a member of the European Transport Advisory Group.

Ric gained a BSc in Physics at Imperial College, London in 1975 and an MBA with distinction at Loughborough University in 1992. He has an Honorary EngD from Pusan National University, Korea and Doctorates in Engineering (honoris causa) from Sheffield University and Heriot Watt. He is a visiting Professor in Aerospace and Transport Technology at Loughborough University and an Honorary Professor in Materials Engineering at Birmingham University, UK.

Ric is married to Jenette, has two daughters, and lives in Littleover, Derby, UK


Horizon 2020 – Industrial Technologies as an Engine of Growth

Using personal examples from aerospace in Framework 7 the presenter will show the proven success of the Framework programme in bringing forward new industrial technologies. An important recent activity has been the Commission’s investigation and report into Key Emerging Technologies which need to be developed in the next round of the Framework Programme (Horizon 2020). A strong recommendation was the need to support development of Advanced High-Value Manufactruing as the underpinning foundation of all of these new technologies. Looking forward to Framework 2020, it is vital that successful instruments from Framework 7 (for example the Clean Sky JTI)are continued and built upon in the new framework. Horizon 2020 offers a key opportunity to put in place the industrial technologies which will provide growth and revitalization in Europe.

 Industrial Technologies as an Engine of Growth
Director of Research and Technology, Rolls-Royce Group (UK)


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