Society of Oxford University Engineers

The alumni society for Oxford engineering graduates

August 2001: Annual Meeting 2001 Invitation

Annual Meeting 2001

This meeting will take place on Friday 14 September (the Secretary apologises for misreading an email which caused him to publicise the date as being a week later). The programme for the day's events is given overleaf. This year it is the turn for an internal lecturer. Although Professor Carlos Ruiz has retired he is still much involved in the work of the Rolls-Royce - Oxford University Centre for Solid Mechanics.

After last year's evacuation to Nuclear Physics we are back in the Thom Building for all events before dinner. Colleges would seem to be more heavily booked for dinners than in the past but Wolfson have offered us the use of their facilities. The pre- and post-dinner drinks will be in the private dining room and the dinner itself will be served in the Haldane room. Being a graduate college Wolfson does not have the facilities to provide bed and breakfast. The College is at the end of Linton Road which is on the east side of Banbury Road about ½ mile north of the Department. Parking is plentiful. Nearby hotels with reasonable numbers of single rooms are:

Linton Lodge (01865) 553461
Parklands (01865) 554374
Burlington House (01865) 513513
Galaxie (01865) 515688

Last year members were asked to supply information for a Members' Gallery, it being hoped that this would provide a valuable service especially to our associate members (i.e. our present students). The response has not yet justified the creation of the gallery. Other ways of helping our present students have been considered. A formal link with the O.U. Engineering Society is also being considered. Now that all freshers are expected to pay £10 we have more money and one way in which those who provide it can see some return has been the provision of modest prizes for project work.

The continuation of the "black tie" dinner is always at the back of my mind but I don't think a less formal dinner if held in a college would necessarily be much cheaper. Your opinions will be welcome.

Last year it was agreed that the normal term of membership of the committee should be increased from three to six years to provide greater continuity. Therefore no one's membership determines this year but there are still vacancies, two for members of the Department staff and one for some one external to the Department. Alastair Howatson has served four years as treasurer and wishes to retire. David Witt is willing to be nominated as his successor.

Peter Lund
August 2001


All meetings take place in Lecture Room 1 of the Thom Building

2.00 : Dr Amy Zavatsky : "Biomechanics of the Musculoskeletal System"

3.00 : Dr Nick Petrinic : "Recent Developments in Impact Engineering"

4.00 : Tea

4.30 : Annual General Meeting
a) Head of Department's Report
b) Secretary's Report
c) Treasurer's Report
d) Membership of the Committee
e) Election of Treasurer

5.00 : Fourteenth Jenkin Lecture

"The Engineering Don"

Professor C Ruiz

6.45 : Drinks in Wolfson College - private dining room

7.15 : Dinner in Wolfson College - Haldane room (Dinner Jackets)

The cost of the dinner will be £32.00. As in previous years, guests will be welcome. There will be a cash bar available after dinner.