Society of Oxford University Engineers

The alumni society for Oxford engineering graduates

March 2007: Open Day invitation

Open Day
Thursday, 10 May 2007

Programme of Events

From 11.00am-5.00pm undergraduate project work will be on view in Thom Building Lecture Room 3. A competition will be held for the best displays (in various categories), with prizes totalling up to £3000 in value on offer from the Society of Oxford University Engineers and various industrial sponsors. The standard of work is expected to be very high - the exhibition will be well worth a visit.

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 Biochemical Engineering, Energy and Environment, Mobile Robots, Liquid Crystal Displays and Design CAD (mechanical). 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

In the Thom Building Lecture Theatre 1, there will be three lectures during the afternoon. The first two talks describe some fascinating applications of novel electrical and mechanical design. The Lubbock Lecture at 4.45pm will be given by Sir Martin Wood, a Cambridge-educated engineer, who founded Oxford Instruments in 1959, the first significant Oxford spin-out in technology. Sir Martin will describe some of his early activities, and reflect on the role that the social and industrial environment plays in the development of the entrepreneurial economy.

1445-1500       Project Exhibition Prize Giving
1500-1530 Dr Paul Bailey/Dr Mike Dadd
"Cryogenic Compressors for ever"
or how to make a refrigerator that never wears out
1530-1600 Dr Malcolm McCulloch
"Devices for sustainable energy"
Use novel ideas to save the planet
1600-1645 Tea in the Holder Building Common Room
1645-1745 The 33rd Maurice Lubbock Memorial Lecture

"The Entrepreneurial Bug"

Sir Martin Wood, OBE, FRS, Hon. FREng, DL
Honorary President, Oxford Instruments Group plc
1800- 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.