Professor David Worsley
Innovation, Science and Technology award winner 2020
Originally from Pembrokeshire, Professor Worsley is Vice President (Innovation) at Swansea University and Tata Steel Professor leading multi-million pound projects in advanced materials and solar energy research. These include SPECIFIC Wales’ only Innovation & Knowledge Centre - SUSTAIN Wales’ only EPSRC Manufacturing Hub and the Active Building Centre which is the only current Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund project led by a Welsh Institute. He has also established project SUNRISE, which unites leading universities and industries in the UK and India to inspire low cost solar technologies and building design for India and is a major Global Challenge Research Fund programme.
He has pioneered Active Buildings, which integrate solar energy generation and storage technologies for heat, power and transport. SPECIFIC’s Active Classroom, the first full-scale building to demonstrate the principle, won the ‘Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Wales’s Project of the Year 2018’. The Active Office, built in 2018 with local partners including Tata Steel, Wernick Buildings and BIPVco won the ‘2019 Education Buildings Wales Award for Sustainable Education Facility’.
In 2015, Professor Worsley was awarded the prestigious Hadfield Medal and Prize by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) in recognition of his distinguished work in the field of materials engineering applied to the iron and steel industries.
During his 30-year career at Swansea University Professor Worsley has secured more than £140 million of research funding and his current EPSRC grant portfolio of over £55 million is one of the largest in the UK and drives many partnerships within Wales.