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Dr Kenneth Tong's partnership with Techna International graded outstanding

Encouraging knowledge transfer activity between academia and industry.

Congratulations to Dr Kenneth Tong whose Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with company Techna International Ltd from November 2013 till March 2016 has just been graded as outstanding by the KTP Grading Panel for its achievement in meeting KTP's Objectives of encouraging knowledge transfer activity between academia and industry.

Only about 6% of all KTP projects receive this recognition. Dr Tong received a Certificate of Excellence from Innovate UK and the project will be added to the short list from which KTP Case Studies will be developed. The aim of the project was "To establish a high voltage programmable current source automated testing facility and use this to enable new product development." The total project value was £152,000.

Techna International, a company lead by UCL EEE Alumnus John Mestitz won the UCL Knowledge Transfer Business of the Year Award at the UCL Awards for Enterprise 2015. The awards recognise the efforts and accomplishments of UCL's most innovative and entrepreneurial staff, students, graduates and partner organisations in furthering enterprise and entrepreneurship at UCL. The scale of such activity everywhere at UCL - from research collaborations with the biggest companies in the world to small start-up stars of the future emerging from the student body - has made UCL a recognised international leader in enterprise and entrepreneurship.

Techna have established a long term collaboration with the Department, working on a number of Knowledge Transfer and student based projects related to manufacturing test and automation over the last two years overseen by Dr Kenneth Tong, Senior Lecturer in the Sensors, Systems and Circuits Group. Xavi Salada is a KTP Associate supervised by Dr Kenneth Tong who is working with Techna. The company is a family business founded in 1945 which manufactures an extensive range of electrical and mechanical products especially low voltage switch gear and components such as circuit breakers.

For more details about the KTP scheme see: http://ktp.innovateuk.org/

If you would like to set up a KTP with the department, please contact our Business Development Manager, Tim Bodley-Scott (business@ee.ucl.ac.uk).