Michael Walls has spent almost equal time in industry and universities. He has founded companies in thin film optical coating and in thermal management systems. Since 2009, he has been Professor of Photovoltaics in the Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology (CREST) at Loughborough University. He has been the Director of the EPSRC Supergen SuperSolar Hub and Network since 2012. His research interests are in the development of thin film photovoltaic devices and coatings for solar cover glass (Anti-reflection and Anti-soiling).