Kedar is currently Associate Director for Business Engagement at EPSRC. This role involves working with EPSRC’s strategic industry partners and the wider business community to ensure that the needs of business are appropriately reflected in the portfolio of activities and that they are able to contribute to and collaborate with the research base. A key priority is implementing EPSRC’s refreshed Business Engagement strategy. Kedar also leads EPSRC’s strategic interests in the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, working closely with Innovate UK and other Research Councils to convene stakeholders and identify opportunities for the UK.
Prior to his current role, Kedar led the Engineering Theme at EPSRC for five years where he was responsible for research, training and impact strategy across Engineering. A particular focus in recent years has to been to identify and support community-inspired Grand Challenges where UK Engineering can take a lead. Examples include clean water for all, sustainability of future cities and resilience of engineered systems. Prior to that he led the Cross-disciplinary Interfaces, Life Sciences Interface and Basic Technology programmes.
Kedar Pandya received his Master of Engineering and PhD from Imperial College, London in 1996 and 2000 respectively. He then worked as a Research Fellow for BP Chemicals in Grangemouth before joining EPSRC in 2001.