Professor Steve Evans is Director of Research in Industrial Sustainability at the Institute for Manufacturing, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge. He leads a research team trying to improve the environmental impact of the world’s industrial system. Steve started working in his first factory in 1976, before becoming Engineering Systems Manager at Martin-Baker Engineering, where he helped design and make the world’s best ejection seats. Helping save 2 lives per week and working on a product that has 2 seconds to succeed, often travelling at up to 1000kph, was too much fun and forced a change in career into teaching and research.
Now at the University of Cambridge, he tries to find ways to help industry become sustainable, and is particularly interested in inexpensive solutions – expensive solutions are too easy! His team come from across the globe, solving problems in Africa and Asia as well as the advanced economies.
Steve has helped found multiple cleantech start-ups and advises large and small companies around the globe. Steve continues to hold various posts advising industry and governments, including a period as Specialist Adviser to the UK House of Lords. Steve is a father of two adult sons and a black belt at judo.