BEng (Hons) CEng FIMechE
Jo is the Intellectual Property Transaction Manager for Caterpillar for Europe, Africa and the Middle East and is based in the UK. A Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, Jo works with Caterpillar engineering teams across the region developing construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives in Caterpillar’s three product segments - Resource Industries, Construction Industries and Energy & Transportation.
Working closely with engineers and the legal teams, she has responsibility for scoping, defining and negotiating technology development agreements with external industrial or academic partners related to Intellectual Property rights and technology licensing. Jo is also the Caterpillar Regional risk owner for technical information protection and engages in educating engineers on the need for, and approach to, innovation protection for business success.
With 22 years of direct work experience in the Diesel Engine and Steam Turbine power industry, 4 years of those spent with Rolls Royce, 18 years with Caterpillar, Jo has both UK and international experience through assignments in the USA.
Jo graduated with a Bachelor with Honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from Loughborough University in 1994, with major subjects of Turbomachinery, Internal Combustion Engines and Laser technology. With sponsorship by Rolls Royce through University, Jo’s combination of 2 years in industry with 3 years full time study resulted in her being appointed in 1995 to Steam Turbine Design and Development Engineer. From here she specialized in finite element structural, thermal and dynamic analysis and 3D computational fluid dynamic analysis of low pressure steam turbine blades. During this time Jo was awarded Chartered Engineer status by the Engineering Council.
In 1997, Jo joined Caterpillar in Stafford as Lead Predictive Engineer. This led to a 5 year move to Caterpillar headquarters in Peoria Illinois USA in 2001 where Jo enjoyed two key roles: firstly cross functional leadership in piston ring and liner development for 7-9L engines – covering design, simulation, test and validation of new components working closely with suppliers, alongside leading resolution of field issues and manufacturing issues. This role became a 6 Sigma Blackbelt role, building skills in robust engineering to optimise component and system performance. The second role saw her move into Research to lead the Diesel Particulate team. During that time Jo was co-inventor on 7 granted patents.
In 2005, on return to Caterpillar’s Peterborough site, Jo became the New Product Introduction Manager of the 4-7 litre engine program to meet off highway emissions legislation of Tier 4i and Stage IIIb. This later led to the role of 6 Sigma Master Blackbelt for the Caterpillar product development organisation including product and technology strategy development and facilitating high impact robust engineering projects. During this time Jo was awarded the status of Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers.
In 2011, Jo moved to Caterpillar Research at Peterborough as Team manager for the Low Carbon Energy team and then onto European Business and Strategy manager for the global Energy and Transportation Research team, before taking on her current role in 2015.
Away from work Jo and her husband Dave currently live in Cambridgeshire, enjoying the local countryside for cycling and walking, the dark skies for astronomy, and going further afield for scuba diving and caravanning.