Dr. Salmon was born and raised in London, England. He left school at the age of 17 to join the Aero Engine Division of Rolls-Royce Limited, in Derby, England, as an apprentice. While pursuing his workshop apprenticeship training, he attained an ONC (Ordinary National Certificate) in Mechanical Engineering, with a distinction in mathematics, from Derby and District College of Art and Technology. Rolls-Royce then chose to sponsor him on a four year degree program at Loughborough University of Technology, in Leicestershire, England. In 1975, he was awarded a B.Tech hons. degree in Production Engineering and Management and was awarded the Cascelliod prize for his final year project entitled "The Surface Integrity of High Temperature Alloys." Rolls-Royce awarded him the Lombard Award for outstanding technical contribution and he became the first Loughborough graduate to win the coveted Sir Walter Puckey prize from the Institution of Production Engineers in London. After a period spent as an Industrial Engineer, Rolls-Royce sponsored him on a research program at the University of Bristol, England, where he was to research creep-feed grinding and better understand the process with respect to the manufacture of turbine blades and their materials. As a result of his research he developed the Continuous-Dress Creep-Feed (CDCF) grinding process which cut typical turbine blade grind times by a factor of twenty. He was awarded a PhD for his work, in 1979. The following year he joined General Electric's Aircraft Engine Group, in Evendale, Ohio, USA, where he designed and built a prototype, fully automated, aircraft engine turbine blade grinding cell, using CDCF. Dr. Salmon became General Electric's Young Engineer of the year in 1982. In 1983 he left General Electric to start his own consulting business - Advanced Manufacturing Science & Technology, in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. Dr. Salmon has written and contributed to a number of books on grinding, machining and manufacturing engineering. Dr. Salmon has authored countless articles for the industrial press over the course of his career, as well as writing formal papers to be presented at high level engineering conferences. Dr. Salmon taught courses on Manufacturing Engineering Principles at the University of Cincinnati, College of Applied Sciences, in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. He is a Fellow of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. His corporation - Next Generation Technology Group Inc., was formed on December 14th, 1994 and is located in Rossford, Ohio, USA, where he shares the facilities of a machining laboratory at nearby Owens Community College's School of Technology.
Sir Walter Puckey Prize.
University of Bristol