Prof Pollard is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer who started his career working at BAE Systems as a Production Engineer for Aerospace Composites. He then moved to the University of Salford to carry out research in the capability of composite materials in deep sea environments and afterwards joined GKN Technology where he was responsible for developing composite driveshafts, flexible couplings and leaf springs for Automotive and Wind Energy applications. He joined the University of Wolverhampton in 2003, becoming responsible for the Caparo Innovation Centre which delivers new product development support to inventors and companies. This work is carried out on a consultancy basis, in some instances part-funded by grants or under collaborative terms. Prof Pollard also has the role of Intellectual Property Manager for the University, responsible for safeguarding and exploitation of Intellectual Property developed at the University through patents, licensing, assignment and other formal agreements.
New Product Development – Prof Pollard leads the knowledge exchange team in the Faculty and is directly and personally involved in collaborative work with companies developing new products for market; involving CAD, engineering analysis, market research, competitor product analysis and intellectual property strategies.
Intellectual Property Rights – including the preparation of confidentiality agreements, licence agreements, assignment agreements, collaboration agreements. Prof Pollard has supervised PhD level research in the area of innovation and knowledge transfer.
Advanced Composite Materials – Prof Pollard is director and shareholder in an SME company that produces composite driveshaft couplings used in motorsport and wind energy applications. He has expertise in compression moulding and fatigue durability of composites.
SME Innovation Support – Prof Pollard leads the Innovation activity at the University in terms of bidding to LEP’s for Innovation axis funding. He is director for the Innovative Product Support Service, a £2.4m part ERDF funded project running from April 2016 to March 2019 which provides support to local SME’s to get their products to market, and includes delivery from partners at Aston University and Birmingham City University. In 2016 Prof Pollard was appointed to a European Commission funded role to represent the perspective of SME companies across Europe in the development of new harmonized standards being established under the Construction Products Regulations.
Advanced Composite Materials
Open Innovation and Invention
"The mechanical performance of reinforced plastics in a deep sea environment"; A. Pollard, PhD thesis, University of Salford, 1986.
"The influence of hydrostatic pressure on the moisture absorption of glass fibre-reinforced polyester"; Pollard, Baggott, Wostenholm, Yates & George; Journal of Materials Science, 24, (1989).
"The Composite Disc Joint - A novel constant velocity joint for propshaft applications"; A. Pollard, 26th ISATA Conference, Aachen Germany, September 1993.
"The Composite Disc - a New Joint for High Power Driveshafts"; A. Pollard, Drives & Controls Conference, Telford, March 1998.
"The application of Composite Technology in Mechanical Power Transmission"; A. Pollard, 20th SAMPE Europe Conference, Paris France, April 1999.
"GKN Composite Disc Joint"; Pollard & Sexton, Coupling & Shaft Technology for Aerospace Transmissions Seminar, Birmingham, June 1999.
"GKN Composite Disc Joint"; A. Pollard, Advances in Computer Modelling Techniques and Laboratory Testing Conference, Gaydon, October 1999.
"Polymer Matrix Composites in Driveline Applications"; A. Pollard, 3rd International Conference on Materials for Lean weight Vehicles, Warwick, November 1999.
“Composite Propeller Shafts for Automotive Applications”; A. Pollard, Automotive Composites Conference, Warwick, June 2003.
“Some Characteristics of Rolling-Element Bearings under Oscillating Conditions:
Parts 1, 2 and 3”, Proceedings of the IMechE Part K Journal of Multi-Body Dynamics (Professional Engineering Publishing) Volume No: 220, Pagination: 157-190, Year: 2006, ISBN/ISSN: 1464-4193
“The Integration of Independent Inventors in Open Innovation”, Technological, Managerial and Organizational Core Competencies: Dynamic Innovation and Sustainable Development (IGI Global), Smeilus, Harris & Pollard, Pagination: 131-145, Year 2011, ISBN/ISSN 9781613501658
“Independent inventors and inbound open innovation: using a resource-based approach to create a tool for screening inventor approaches in order to facilitate technology in-licensing”, International Journal of Technology Marketing, Smeilus, Harris & Pollard 8(2):102 - 126 · January 2013