Welcome to the Eastern Region

2014 EASTERN REGION CHAIRMAN’S LETTER

Dear Members and Visitors to this page,

I thought I would start this year’s chairman letter by sharing a few facts about our great Eastern Region.

In case some of you are wondering, our Eastern Region is loosely the geographic East Anglia, with a few exceptions driven by the Institution’s use of postcodes to delineate areas and regions.

The region is formed of 5 areas: Beds and Cambs, North Herts, Norfolk and Waveney, South Essex and Suffolk North Essex. The region also has a Young Members panel and is home to two Automobile Division Centres: East (Luton) and Essex.

The region currently has over 6800 members, 41% are Affiliates, 17% Associates, 35% Members and 7% Fellows. When looking at the engineering fabric of the region, I am always amazed with the diverse landscape with major poles of automobile and aerospace, pharmaceutical and conventional and renewable power generation industries. We also have a strong defence and military engineering representation. The description of our great region would of course not be complete without a mention our university centres of Hertfordshire, Cranfield and the world renowned University of Cambridge.

Reflecting on my first year as regional chairman, I keep a fond memory of the presidential visit with Patrick Kniveton last autumn and I cannot wait to guide 129th President Group Captain Mark Hunt in his visit of our region this coming September.

There have been many great local events organised by the committees, panels and centres this last year and I can’t encourage our members enough to go to events near them to learn new things and meet new people. I hope that attending some of those high quality events could in turn inspire some more of our members to lend a helping hand to strengthen our local volunteer networks. If you would like to know more about ways in which you can help, please do not hesitate to contact me.

In my second year as Chairman, I want to continue assisting our local members gain professional registration or further their membership, help local committees in their continued effort to organise exciting local events, and tempt if I can more members into volunteering and in particular in the promotion of engineering to the primary and secondary school children.

I would like to welcome all the new members in the region, if you haven’t got an email from me yet it will come very soon.

I invite you to browse our Near You pages on a regular basis and to ensure we have your current email address on record as this is the primary way in which your local committees will keep you posted about local events. If you use Linkedin, you might also like to join the region’s group, which you will find easily by searching for IMechE Eastern Region.

One particular event I would like to attract your attention to is our annual dinner which concludes the presidential visit I mentioned a few lines above. The date this year is Friday 19 September in the usual prestigious setting of Jesus College in Cambridge. Our after dinner speaker will be Professor Helen Atkinson CBE, Head of Mechanics of Materials Research Group at Leicester University and the topic of her talk will be the Engineering Skills Gap. Details to book your place are on the Near You website, for the first time this year the possibility to book and pay online through our Near You pages. I look forward to seeing many of you there.

 

Please feel free to contact me with any questions, suggestions or comments.

Sincerely,

Dr Sylvain Jamais CEng FIMechE

Chairman – Eastern Region

07920 768257/01223 392296

Email: EasternChair@imechenetwork.org

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Current and Future Events

Please click the event heading for further information.
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    24 November 2014 17:30 to 19:00
    London Underground Head Office (Tube: St James's Park) - London
    Our centre takes a second look at one of the largest UK rail projects in decades. This time we hear from Mark Gilbey how the route’s very long tunnel sections will be ventilated to modern environmental and safety standards.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Technical Visit
    25 November 2014 10:00 to 13:15
    Marshall Aerospace - Cambridge - Cambridge
    Marshalls won the 2014 Logistics and Operational Efficiency Award. They work closely with the MOD and RAF to ensure that aircraft are in flight-ready condition at all times. The company has recently outlined a programme of capital investment that will cost £106 million over the next six years. It will be a very interesting look at supply chain management as well as a facility that is undergoing quite a transformation.
    Industry: Defence & Government Services
  • Event Type: Talk
    25 November 2014 18:30 to 21:00
    Institute for Manufacturing, Cambridge University - Cambridge
    Professor Serena Best, Department of Materials Science, Cambridge University, will talk about how engineering is enabling advances in medicine - in particular 'regenerative medicine', tissue engineering and synthetic bone materials.
    Industry: Medical Engineering
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    25 November 2014 18:35 to 21:15
    Lindop Building - Hatfield
    How to develop sustainable communities
    Industry: Non Industry Specific
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    26 November 2014 19:00 to 21:00
    Vincent Auditorium, Cranfield University - Cranfield
    F1 technical commentator Craig Scarborough will provide an appraisal of technology developments in F1 during the 2014 season.
    Industry: Automotive
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