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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

GSE Systems’ professor awarded business partnership honour

A professor who helped to raise more than £200million of funding for major projects in Scotland was recognised at a national awards ceremony.

Dr Graham Wren of GSE Systems, a training and engineering solutions provider, received the Outstanding Contribution to Knowledge Exchange Award at Scotland's Interface Excellence Awards in December for his commitment to bringing academics in the industry together.

A major part of Wren's work took place at Strathclyde University's Technology and Innovation Centre, the Advanced Forming Research Centre and the Power Networks Demonstration Centre.

"The University of Strathclyde is committed to working with the business community, ensuring that our world-class research provides practical benefits for industry and society," said Wren.

"I am delighted this work has been recognised with such a prestigious award. It is a fitting endorsement of the excellent partnerships being developed between the University and companies throughout Scotland, the UK and beyond."

Interface, established the awards to acknowledge the significant contribution that knowledge exchange is making to Scotland's economy. Seven Scottish businesses and three individuals were short listed for the awards, which recognize the achievements resulting from collaborative partnerships between business and academia.

"GSE Systems understands the importance of strong academic partnerships for the long-term health of industry," said the company's CEO Jim Eberle.

"We have worked with Strathclyde since 2007 and Graham has greatly contributed to the success of our simulation technology as part of the university's curriculum."  

Strathclyde is home to the GSE Systems Power Station Simulator Suite, a £2M facility that underpins research, education and continuing professional development activities at the university. 

More than £23 million (net GVA) is added to the Scottish economy every year through successful business and academic partnerships brokered by Interface, and the awards aim to recognise and celebrate the economic, social and innovative impacts arising from these partnerships.

Dr. Siobhán Jordan, director of Interface, said: "These awarded entries are outstanding examples of knowledge exchange in practice across Scotland, which we hope will act to encourage other businesses to tap into the wealth of benefits that partnering with Scotland's world-leading academic and research institutions can bring."


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