Dr Richard French joined IS-Instruments in 2018 in the role of Senior Systems Scientist. Previously, he has been the leader of highly successful international interdisciplinary teams since 2003. He constructed the world’s largest, most complex experiment at CERN’s LHC – ATLAS. He was the Principle Investigator of a >£16m grant portfolio for multiple EU, Innovate-UK, EPSRC and STFC collaborative R&D grants.
Based at the University of Sheffield, Dr French was the group leader for an independent research team ESIM, “Enabling Sciences for Intelligent Manufacturing”. Working at an interdisciplinary fusion point, he built industry-academia collaborations, interpreting industrially relevant challenges to deliver disruptive, cutting edge solutions driving growth in sectors that rely on advanced manufacturing.
Dr French works closely with other R & D companies, including i3D robotics, to develop compact, remote sensing instrumentation and intelligent vision systems for Robotics, Nuclear Decommissioning, Industrial Biotech, Welding & Additive Manufacturing Construction and Rail sectors.
Outside of work, Richard enjoys teaching his daughter the essentials of engineering (“bash it with a hammer”) and believes the next project will be the production of a potato cannon. Otherwise, he can be found mountain biking around the Peak District, snowboarding (mostly backwards) or in the garage tinkering with his old rally car, one of his classic Minis or the old Land Rover he describes as ‘essential’ given the rural setting of his home.