At nuron, we are passionate about fibre and solving challenging science and engineering problems which will make the world a better place.
nuron was formed by Mike Ainger (former Geo) and Mark Rutherford (Financial Strategy Expert) and commenced trading in 2015, bringing together their considerable experience of the utilities and telecommunication industries. The company was set up to address the need for a step change in monitoring technology for the wastewater industry, and to lead a team of bright entrepreneurs, innovators and engineering experts.
nuron’s entrepreneurial management team is headed up by Claire Fenwick, Managing Director, with Paul Dickenson as Technical Director. They combine successful careers focused on installing and running conventional communication networks, fibre networks in sewers and developing fibre optic monitoring solutions for oil and gas customers.
nuron’s technical advisors include experts in Optical Fibre Sensing and Networking, Sewer Engineering and Fluid Dynamics from the Pennine Water Group (a leading urban water engineering research group in the UK) at the University of Sheffield.
nuron’s Infratech services division was founded in 2020 when our customers asked us to apply our entrepreneurial mindset and multi-disciplined science and engineering experience to solve their pressing technical challenges, typically relating to legacy products and assets. We now provide outsourced R&D services across a wide range of sectors.
Prof. Kirill Horoshenkov
MEng, PhD, FREng
Professor of Acoustics
Kirill Horoshenkov is Professor of Acoustics in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Sheffield. He is an expert on novel sensing technologies for the inspection of underground assets and instrumentation. He has been principal investigator or co-investigator on 19 projects related to urban water sensing. He has over 160 publications in refereed journals and conference proceedings. He has a strong track record in research leading to non-academic impact. In 2009 he was awarded a prestigious Brian Mercer Award from the Royal Society, ultimately leading to the establishment of his spin-off, Acoustic Sensing Technology Ltd, which markets SewerBattTM technology for buried pipes inspection in the UK and overseas.
Prof. Simon Tait
Bsc (Eng), PhD
Professor of Water Engineering
Simon Tait is Professor of Water Engineering in the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering at Sheffield University. He is an expert in the processes associated with sedimentation in river and urban drainage systems and the hydrodynamics associated with flows over rough, water worked sediment deposits. His secondary interests are in applying and developing improved measurement and management methodologies to allow urban water infrastructure systems to cope better with pressures caused by climate change, changing patterns of use and physical deterioration and more recently the study of energy use and recovery in urban water systems. Simon has over 70 publications in refereed journals. He sits on CIWEM’s Urban Drainage Group and is current Editor of the ICE’s Water Management journal.