ACSE Professor appointed to Royal Society’s latest intake of Entrepreneurs in Residence scheme.

Professor Keith Jackson, from the University of Sheffield’s Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering, has been appointed to the Royal Society's Entrepreneurs in Residence scheme.

Keith Jackson

The Royal Society Entrepreneurs in Residence scheme is designed to help universities turn world-leading research into commercial success. As an Entrepreneur in Residence, Professor Keith Jackson will continue working on developing curricula around Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, in a module that is open to students and researchers.

Keith Jackson came to the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering in May 2019 after working in a variety of technology intensive companies, from start-ups to multi-national organisations. He founded an automatic controls company in Cambridge, UK. He brings a wealth of enterprise experience to the department and will be leading on fostering an entrepreneurial culture within the department.

Professor Jackson says, “It’s an honour to be appointed as a Royal Society Entrepreneur in Residence. My role is to help build links between industry and the University by demonstrating how industry carries out engineering development, and working with colleagues to help drive innovation. I’m also embedding an entrepreneurial culture within the department with the development of a module aimed at all within the department allowing them a space to learn and explore the opportunities available.”

The Enterprise and Entrepreneurship module is delivered as interactive workshops, teamwork and clinics. With attendees sharing business principles, developing business strategies and exploring technology to exploit. The best concepts will be presented to a business review panel (in the style of the BBC’s Dragon's Den) at the end of the module for potential continuation as a project or business. The workshops will include alumni from the university who are in the process of setting up their own businesses who will share their experiences and motivations.