Society of Oxford University Engineers

The alumni society for Oxford engineering graduates

March 2005: Open Day invitation

Open Day
Friday, 13 May 2005

Programme of Events

From 2.00 p.m. displays of undergraduate project work will be on view in Lecture Room 3. A competition will be held for the best display (in various categories), with prizes totalling £400 in value on offer from the Society of Oxford University Engineers. Once again the standard of projects is expected to be very high - in recent years our undergraduates have won a number of national awards for their project work.

There will be opportunity during the afternoon to see the final stages of some one-week Coursework Modules undertaken by the second year students, on Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Energy and Environment, Mobile Robots, Electronic Engineering and Computer programming. You can also visit research groups in the department: please feel free to approach individual academics to make arrangements. Details of our research activities can be found on the Department's web site You may also like to visit our superb new Information Engineering Building, which was opened by Lord Sainsbury in December 2004.

In Thom Building Lecture Theatre 1, there will be three lectures during the afternoon. The first two talks, by members of the Department, describe some of our work on sustainability. This reflects the theme of the Lubbock Lecture, which will be given by Dr Robin Batterham. Robin is not only a distinguished engineer involved in mining and smelting, he is also Australian Chief Scientist, and as an adviser to Government, much involved with sustainability issues. The lecture programme is:

1500-1530       Professor GT Houlsby FREng FICE
"Offshore wind power"
1530-1600 Professor AGL Borthwick FICE MIMarE
"Is the Lower Yellow River sustainable?"
1615-1700 Tea in the Holder Building Common Room
1700-1800 The 31st Maurice Lubbock Memorial Lecture

Less Incrementalism and More Breakthroughs
Thoughts on avoiding the collision between sustainability and our response to climate change

Dr Robin Batterham FREng FIChemE
Chief Technologist, Rio Tinto Ltd
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.