Dr. Andrew Lynch – Chief Innovation & Network Officer, IMR

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    Andrew Lynch is the Chief Innovation Officer with Irish Manufacturing Research, an independent Industry-led RTO in the Irish State.  Andrew is a founding Director of the EUREKA SMART Manufacturing Instrument, Chairman of the Irish National Steering Committee on Collaborative Robotics, a member of the IMR I4 Steering Committee and a national delegate to the European ManuFuture High Level Group (HLG).  A member of the ECSEL LIASE Committee, Andrew is also the national AVM KIC industrial coordinator and a recognized manufacturing expert within Irish Commercialization funding programs and across a number of EU platforms.  For 20 years prior to his current role, Andrew worked in manufacturing companies, across nearly all sectors; as a senior executive, owner manager and business consultant.  In his current role Andrew specializes in the development of large nationally funded industrial research projects, engaging multinational corporations and indigenous companies in the areas of advanced manufacturing (e.g. I4.0) and industrial energy efficiency (programs which now include 33 multinationals and over 120 SME partners).  He holds a Degree in Biotechnology, a Masters Degree in Environmental Analytical Chemistry and a PhD in Engineering.  Happily married with two adored daughters, in his spare time enjoys golf, Pilates, running and hill climbing.