Dr. Donna Dykeman

Dr. Donna Dykeman, ELM Research & Consulting Ltd., is an R&D Manager specializing in helping individuals and teams establish research projects and programs to achieve their innovation goals in public-private collaborations.


Donna has worked across several research areas of materials science and engineering, in the UK and Canada. She is an experienced R&D Programme Manager for publicly funded research, maintaining a strategic view on innovation opportunities for research organizations and businesses.  She has been working on publicly funded R&D projects for more than 25 years, as a researcher, project coordinator and partner, team manager and advisor, notably in the areas of digitalization, materials and process characterisation and modelling, sustainability and circular economy.


Donna spent the first 14 years of her career in the field of polymer composites manufacturing, process modelling, and in-service characterisation and modelling, and holds a PhD in Materials Engineering (University of British Columbia). For more than a decade thereafter, she worked with software businesses (Granta Design Ltd., Ansys Inc.) to translate research opportunities into product strategy with the support of collaborative and open innovation environments, specifically for materials, manufacturing and sustainability related challenges.