The IAM has been successful in bringing together an excellent group of professionals and practitioners in the field of engineering asset management to develop standards, guidelines, and establish best practices. The Institute will benefit greatly by increasing interaction with the emerging academic community in universities and research centres in UK and around the world working in the area of asset management. The IAM is proud to announce the launch of the IAM Academic and Research Network to facilitate the interaction between the asset management academic and industry communities and support education and research that would reap benefits to industry.
The network will consist of university academics and industry researchers from across the world. The aim is establish a membership that will collectively have expertise spanning all of the 39 asset management subjects. The membership of the network will include young researchers as well as experienced academics from academic institutions and industry R&D organisations.
The objectives of the network are:
· To improve collaboration between the asset management research community and industry.
· To enhance the research capability of the IAM.
· To bring cutting edge research in asset management closer to implementation.
· To develop new research programmes that aligns with short and long term industrial challenges.
· To improve collaboration between academics across different subject areas to provide an integrated forum for asset management research.
· To influence government funding bodies in providing more funding for asset management research.
· To align asset management teaching programmes closer to the needs of industry.
· To work closely with the IAM’s NxtGen initiative and provide academic guidance and support for the asset management student community.
The industrial community will be able to:
· influence the direction of research ensuring alignment with current practical needs and challenges in the future.
· tap into the wide spectrum of knowledge and expertise of the academic network
· engage with the academics more easily for short and long-term research projects
· influence the content of teaching modules and programmes ensuring alignment with real industrial requirements
The membership of the network currently include:
· University of Cambridge (UK)
· Cranfield University (UK)
· Salford University (UK)
· University of Leeds (UK)
· University of Seville (UK)
· Rutgers University (USA)
· University of Wisconsin (USA)
· EPFL Lausanne (Switzerland)
· Politechnico di Milano (Italy)
· ATHENA Research and Innovation Centre (Greece)