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Meet some of our Digital Catalysts

Umar Hossain
MEng PhD Student
Imperial College

Digital Catalyst at
CP Cases

It’s incredibly satisfying to see how companies benefit from a fresh perspective, and the new business opportunities that then open up for them. The experience was a valuable exercise in understanding their existing way of working, and then communicating potential technologies in a manner that eliminated as many stumbling blocks as possible. My placement with CP Cases has helped me understand how to effect change in a sustainable way, which I think every SME is faced with right now.

Autodesk Digital Catalyst Case Study – CP Cases

Learn how CP Cases, a UK Design & Manufacturing SME worked with a Digital Catalyst, to improve a process that took them 180mins down to just 15mins.

Oliver Hopkinson
MEng Mechanical Engineering
University of Bath

Digital Catalyst at
Hosokawa Micron

My placement gave me the chance to lead the way within an existing engineering business using new and innovative tools and techniques. The experience opened my eyes to the breadth of possibility in industry and gave me a chance to develop the non-technical and interpersonal skills vital for a career in engineering. Having worked on a real project for Hosokawa, that delivered real value to their business, I feel far more prepared for a career in this industry.

Autodesk Digital Catalyst Case Study – Hosokawa Micron

Working with Oliver, Hosokawa Micron digitalized a process, which resulted in a 4-6 week improvement on delivery times.

James Tetlow
MEng Mechanical Engineering
University of Exeter

Digital Catalyst at
Warren Services

Being given the responsibility to improve the operational efficiency at a fast-paced manufacturing company like Warren Services has been extremely rewarding. My technical skills have been challenged and developed, due to the exposure to a broader range of real design and manufacturing challenges, in addition to many soft skills such as communication, presentation and teamwork; all of which I plan to take into my own business once I graduate.

Autodesk Digital Catalyst Case Study – Warren Services

Warren Services has identified how to cut their production planning cycle in half, with no loss in quality or accuracy.

Gregoire Saul
BSc Product Design
& Technology

Digital catalyst at
Playdale Playgrounds

I would really recommend the Digital Catalyst program to any other students. It’s a great way to build your confidence and experience within a Design & Manufacturing workplace.

Thanks to Greg and the Digital Catalyst program, the use of 3D scan technology is now an integral part of our playground design process and it won’t be long until we are throwing away our tape measures! Martyn Bland, Technology Manager, Playdale Playgrounds Ltd.

Autodesk Digital Catalyst Case Study – Playdale Playgrounds Ltd.

The successful implementation of the project will give Playdale Playgrounds a 30% uplift in their design productivity, which in turn will give them a six-figure saving over the next few years.

Melisa Kaner

University of Warwick

Melisa Kaner is a recent graduate of the University of Warwick where she studied for her master's degree in Systems Engineering. It was there that Melisa worked on the control systems for the University of Warwick Search & Rescue UAV which was showcased at AU Las Vegas and AU London in 2017. More recently, Melisa is a part of the Future of British Manufacturing Initiative where she has created an innovative predictive maintenance system using IoT. Melisa begins her career as a technical consultant within Autodesk later this year.

Umar Hossain MEng

PhD Student

Currently in my second year studying for a PhD, investigating how additive manufacturing can be used in orthopaedic implants and joint replacements, with sponsorship from Renishaw plc. Answering tough questions like: how do we replicate the properties of bone with metal?

Also a FoBMI ambassador at Autodesk, teaching Fusion 360 and running workshops for like-minded engineers and makers. Love helping out at hackathons and involving myself if possible with projects linking art, design and engineering, often in conjunction with Imperial College Advanced Hackspace.

Beatriz Lopez

Imperial College London

I come from the Canary Islands, in Spain. I am a Design Engineer undergraduate at Imperial. I love to work on projects where I can develop my imagination to create things that make a difference. In the future I want to work on projects based in the great outdoors or involving sports. I am also interested in art and environmental issues. 


How Does it Work?

Autodesk will use the information you provide to make direct introductions between SMEs with Digital Catalysts, who are then free to connect and discuss the project or opportunity and decide if there is a good fit on both sides.

Download our FAQ sheets for full details …

What's the cost?

Aside from any out of pocket expenses incurred by the Digital Catalyst it is completely down to you whether you also wish to pay them for their time and expertise. Government apprenticeship schemes are available to support financing a student and we can guide you in the best way to utilise your apprentice levy funds.

How long do I get the expert for?

You should expect to have access to a Digital Catalysts for a maximum of 80 hours, which is approximately two working weeks. After that you are free to explore extending that placement with the student and the university directly.

It's Free

  1. Become a Member
  2. Receive a link to apply for the Digital Catalyst Programme
  3. Complete the short application form

Meet our University Partners

  • Imperial College London

  • London South Bank University

  • New College Lanarkshire

  • Royal College of Art

  • University College London

  • University of the Arts

  • University of Bath

  • University of Sheffield

  • University of Strathclyde

  • University of Warwick

  • University of Wales Trinity Saint David

  • York St John University

“Digital Catalysts are a powerful way to validate how digital can be applied in traditional engineering environments. We were amazed at Oliver’s ability, to learn a new technology, apply it and get an initial result within 4 days. Working in this way also provides the Digital Catalyst with a real life experience, potentially leading to them being more employable when they graduate. ”

Adam Harper
Product Manager (High Containment)
Hosokawa Micron

“Here at Manchester Metropolitan University, we are not just dipping our toes in the waters of digitalisation, we are diving in headfirst. Our overwhelming aim is to enable genuine change within British design & manufacturing industry which requires placing talented people with the right skills and mind-set to challenge the status quo and demonstrate the art of the possible. The Autodesk Digital Catalyst program is the perfect vehicle to connect our talent with British industry”

Craig Banks
Manchester Metropolitan University

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