Society of Oxford University Engineers

The alumni society for Oxford engineering graduates

May 2001: Open Day invitation

To members of SOUE

Lubbock/SOUE Open Day 1 June 2001

Once again all members are warmly invited to the Open Day and Lubbock Lecture on Friday 1 June. The lecture will be given by John Robinson FREng, Chairman of George Wimpey plc. His title is "New" Engineering - a portal for the future. The full programme is enclosed. Please reply on the appropriate slip.

The Jenkin lecture will be given on Friday 21 September by Professor Carlos Ruiz, Emeritus Fellow of Exeter College. Please put this in your diary now.

Peter Lund
SOUE Secretary
3 May 2001

Open Day
Friday, 1st June 2001

Programme of Events

From 2.00p.m. displays of undergraduate project work will be on view in the drawing office. A competition will be held for the best display (in various categories), with prizes totalling £400 in value on offer from the SOUE. The standard of projects is expected to be very high again this year - in recent years our undergraduates have won a number of nation awards for their project work.

There will be the opportunity during the afternoon to see the final stages of the one-week Coursework Modules undertaken by the second year students, including those on Control Engineering and on Finite Element Analysis.

There will also be the opportunity to visit research groups in the department: please feel free to approach individual academics in the department to make arrangements. Details of the Department's research activities can be found on the web site

In the newly refurbished Lecture Theatre 1, there will be two talks by members of the Department, describing work in the areas of Chemical Engineering and Electro-optics. We have chosen Chemical Engineering this year partly because it is a relatively new area of the Department's activities (the appointment to the Professorship of Chemical Engineering was only made fast year) and partly because it reflects also the theme of the main Lubbock Lecture. The work in electro-optics reflects a completely different area of activity, which is currently very active.

1400       Start of Programme
1500-1530 Prof. Zhanfeng Cui (Donald Pollock Professor of Chemical Engineering)
"Tissue Engineering - A new challenge to engineers"
1540-1610 Prof. Peter Raynes (Rank Professor of Electro-optic Engineering)
"Displays for the 21st Century"
1615-1700 Tea in the Holder Common Room
1700-1800 The Lubbock Lecture in the Lecture Theatre 1 in the Thom Building

"New" Engineering - a portal for the future

John Robinson, FREng
Chairman, George Wimpey plc
1830- Buffet Supper in the Holder Common Room, Department of Engineering Science

The department is grateful to the Lubbock Trustees for their generous support of this event.

Open Day in the Department of Engineering Science, 1st June 2001

Our annual May Open Day falls this year on the first day of June. It provides an opportunity for all those associated with the Department - staff, students, old members, and our industrial collaborators - to gather together and obtain an overview of current teaching and research in the Department as well as learn how some of our old members have made their career in Engineering.

Our Open Days later in the summer are for schools, as part of the Oxford Science Open Days, allowing potential candidates to look round the Department and see our facilities. In September the Society of Oxford University Engineers (our old members) has a meeting which includes the Jenkin Lecture, the `State of the Nation' address, and the Reunion Dinner. Both of these events however are in the vacation, so there is little opportunity to meet undergraduates. During the May (June this year) Open Day our guests will be able to meet our students and to see some parts of our teaching programme such as Coursework Modules. There is also the chance to see some of the current research of the Department.

The Lubbock Lecture, presented annually by a leading industrialist on some aspect of Engineering, concludes the formal proceedings of this Open Day. We are very pleased that this year the Lubbock lecture will be given by John Robinson, FREng, Chairman, George Wimpey plc on the subject "New" Engineering - a portal for the future. Other lectures earlier in the afternoon will describe some of the research in Chemical Engineering in the Department.

There will be no charge for tea or the evening buffet. It will be helpful, however, to have some idea about numbers of those wishing to attend the various activities. I would be most grateful therefore, should you wish to come to the Open Day, if you would fill in and return the tear-off form below. Please note that lunch will not be provided (there are several restaurants nearby).

I look forward to meeting you on June 1st.

Guy Houlsby, Acting Head of Department