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, and was the Principle Investigator of a >£16m grant portfolio for multiple EU, Innovate-UK, EPSRC and STFC collaborative R&D grants.
Whilst 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 which 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 application in Robotics, Nuclear Decommissioning, Industrial Biotech, Welding & Additive Manufacturing, and Construction and Rail sectors.
Outside of work, Richard enjoys teaching his daughter the essentials of engineering (“bash it with a hammer”) and has the idea 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.