Let me introduce myself at the start of my second year as your Chairman of the Eastern Region, and my first after my election as a Vice President and Trustee of our great Institution. My background is in Automotive Engineering, having spent 30 years in Product Development at Ford Motor Company. I am a former Chairman of the Automobile Division and its Essex Centre.
My personal interests cover Low Carbon Vehicles and education. I am currently working on the IMechE Conference Sustainable Vehicle Technologies (SVT) 2012 (see link below), having organised the Lightweighting for Low Carbon Vehicles and Electric Vehicle update seminars in 2011. I am also Chief Judge for the IMechE Formula Student Competition, which is a great way to encourage and develop the next generation of engineers. Hopefully this provides some insight into my background.
We are delighted that the Institution President, Professor Isabel Pollock, will be visiting the Eastern Region on Friday 21st September and attending our Annual Dinner at Jesus College Cambridge on that evening. This is a highly enjoyable event, held at a prestigious venue, and we would be delighted to see as many members with their guests attending this year as on previous occasions. Booking details are attached with this letter.
May I welcome all new members and those recently arrived in the Region. I encourage you to get actively involved in the Institution’s many boards, committees and other initiatives to the greatest extent that you are able. This will help in our crusade to promote engineering to the Nation, in our efforts to help rebalance the economy towards engineering and manufacturing. I would also like to thank all the volunteers who are already involved and who put on the wide range of successful programmes of events around the region.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any suggestions or comments to improve the effectiveness of our activities in the Region and I hope to meet many of you during my second year as Chairman.
Professor Richard Folkson
Current and Future Events
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*TBC | 03 June 2013 19:00 to 19:00
Within just three months of opening, east London’s new cross-river cable car had carried a million passengers. Experience extraordinary views of the docks and hear an explanation of how it was built and how the complex off-rope loading dock functions
Industry sector: Railway.
Ford Motor Company | 12 June 2013 16:30 to 20:30
Hosted by Ford Motor Company Ltd, this event will explore the future trends and challenges within the automotive environment. Easch presentation will be followed by the opportunity to ask questions in a short Q&A session.
Preceding the lecture will be an opportunity to meet with an Institution representative to discuss routes to professional registration:
16.30 Membership surgery
18:30 Lectures start
20:30 Evening ends
Industry sector: Automotive.
The White Horse | 03 July 2013 19:00 to 20:00
The AGM for the Beds & Cambs area followed by an ordinary committee meeting.
Industry sector: Non Industry Specific.
Lecture Theatre 0, Engineering Department, Cambridge University | 10 October 2013 19:00 to 21:00
David Rowland FRAeS, former Concorde Captain and General Manager of British Airways fleet, will look back at one hundred years of aviation to the origins of Concorde, and explain why Concorde was such a technological achievement and a commercial success in airline operation.
Organised jointly by RAeS Cambridge and IMechE Beds & Cambs.
Industry sector: Aerospace.