Meet a Research Engineer at the NCC: Jack Cullinan

Jack is a research engineer within the Materials and Process Selection team at the NCC. With a background in Aerospace and a PhD from the University of Bristol, Jack’s role involves just about everything from manufacturing engineering and materials science to cost modelling and client interactions. Let’s find out why Jack recommends a career at the NCC.


Hi Jack. So what attracted you to the NCC in the first place?

It was definitely the broad spectrum of work that comes through our doors. Coming from an aerospace background it was really interesting to see just how other industries use composites to their advantage. Different industries bring different challenges. So the opportunity to gain expertise in working with very different clients was definitely an attraction.

What do you most enjoy about your job?

My day-to-day work is extremely varied. Some days you’re researching new materials and concepts, others you’re hands on in the lab solving problems. I don’t think a day has gone by so far where I’ve not been challenged to think on my feet. I might not always know the answer but I really enjoy trying to work it out.

How is the NCC different to what you expected?                          

It’s a really young company, so things change and you have to be able to move with it. Bigger, older companies can sometimes fall into the trap of “that’s how we’ve always done it”. The same definitely can’t be said for the NCC. That’s probably something I didn’t expect (but also quite like).

How do you feel your role contributes to the success to the NCC?

Aside from working on client projects, we also do a lot of the concept generation for composite technologies. The team I work with are continuously identifying and assessing new technologies that could be developed or integrated into the NCCs CORE research. By furthering composite research at an industrial scale, we can provide better solutions to the wider industry. I think this knowledge base is pretty fundamental the NCCs success.

And finally, in your opinion, what makes the NCC unique?

The automatic windows in all of the offices. Definitely unique…

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