UK & Ireland Academic Team

NI UK & Ireland has a dedicated academic team which works directly with academic institutions alongside its office and field-based engineers. This team supports the longstanding strategic commitment NI has made globally to enhancng engineering and scientific education and research projects through the use of Virtual Instrumentation, Graphical System Design and LabVIEW.

Any of the academic team can by contacted by

David Baker, Regional Academic Programme Manager

David, a Sales Manager with more than 20 years' experience of helping to make NI customers in industry and academia successful, is the Academic Programme Manager. "We believe that tomorrow's engineers and scientists are best served by a hands-on, project-based, experimental learning experience", said David, "and my role is to work with academic partners to foster this environment for education and research, adopting NI tools in Academia". In 2013 David expanded his role to take on management and leadership responsibility for the UK, Ireland, Nordics & Benelux countries.

Hannah Wade, Academic Field Engineer

Hannah is available to work with Universities to support teaching of engineering concepts and to assist students on undergraduate projects. Hannah can provide support with integrating NI tools into courses and with curriculum development. Hannah joined NI in 2004, after graduating from the University of Staffordshire with a degree in Computer Science. Starting as an Applications Engineer and then going on to be the Engineering Leadership Programme Manager, Hannah has focused on providing high quality support to our customers and has been instrumental in developing our recruiting programme. Hannah has recently expanded her role to working closely with the UK branch marketing team to help steer and advise on how best to serve our academic customers and goals.


Beejal Shah, Academic Field Engineer

Beejal joined the Engineering Leadership Programme as an Application Engineer in 2007 after graduating from The University of Manchester with a MEng degree in Electronic Engineering. In August 2009 she took on the role of managing the ELP group where she developed the recruitment programme for ELP. At the beginning of 2013, Beejal became an Academic Field Engineer where she will be responsible for the growth of adoption of NI technologies in undergraduate courses or at our key academic accounts in the UK &Ireland.


Dan Vickers, Academic Field Sales Engineer

Dan graduated in 2009 from the University of Hertfordshire with a BEng(Hons) in Aerospace Engineering. He joined NI in 2009 into the ELP Program as an Inside Sales Representative, and then went on to be an ISR Team Leader. Dan then made the move from ISR to an Applications Engineer for a 6 month rotation. Dan is available to demonstrate NI technologies to Universities and to work with academic customers to specify computer-based measurement and automation solutions. The areas which he is responsible for are the Northern half of the UK and Ireland/Northern Ireland.


Richard Roberts, Academic Technical Marketing Engineer

Richard is passionate about getting undergraduate students ready for industry by enabling real, hands-on learning experiences, as well as accelerating the ground breaking innovation of academic researchers. Prior to joining NI, Richard worked for a spin-out company, commercialising scientific IP developed at Cardiff University. Richard now leads Academic Marketing in the UK and Ireland; establishing engineering trends and communicating technical aspects of NI products to Educators, Researchers and Students. Richard is also a great contact to get your work published as part of the Graphical System Design Achievement Awards and the LabVIEW Student Design Contest. 


Ian Evans, Academic Sales Specialist

Based at NI UK & Ireland headquarters is Ian Evans, Academic Sales Specialist. Ian has a broad engineering background and over 10 years experience of NI products. Ian is available over the telephone to provide both technical sales assistance and consultation to academic customers on their application needs. He can also arrange on-site visits with the field based engineers, when required.