Eric Kim is Lecturer in Composites Design and Manufacture in the Department of Aerospace Engineering, University of Bristol. He received his Master and PhD in Mechanical Engineering at KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology), and has over 15 years’ of experience in developing innovative composite products and manufacturing processes. His research focuses on identifying problems in industry and providing innovative solutions based on scientific approach. He has published 20 peer-reviewed journal papers (h-index: 15) and 15 international patent families as well as over 60 Korean patents. He has successfully commercialised heavy-duty composite bearings for military vehicles developed during his PhD. Although his mainstream research is automated fibre placement, his interests are highly application-oriented overarching various subjects (machine design, automation, computer-aided design, composites forming, adhesive joining, etc). He invented a novel fibre steering technology named Continuous Tow Shearing (CTS) in 2011. Based on this, he was awarded CIMCOMP fellowship in 2013, and has developed the concept of Advanced CTS during this period. He is currently working as a member of EPSRC early career forum in manufacturing research.