Welcome to the Eastern Region


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.


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: AGM
    08 July 2015 19:00 to 20:00
    The Mill, Cambridge - Cambridge
    The AGM for the Beds & Cambs area followed by an ordinary committee meeting.
    Industry: Non Industry Specific
  • Event Type: Talk
    15 July 2015 18:30 to 20:30
    Institute for Manufacturing, Cambridge University - Cambridge
    James Ambrose, Network Rail, will talk about the IPEMU battery-powered train project, including the trial in Essex earlier this year.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Talk
    10 September 2015 19:00 to 21:00
    Lecture Theatre 0, Engineering Department, Cambridge University - Cambridge
    John Newton and Steve Blee of BAE Systems will talk about the Hawk aircraft. (RAeS Cambridge)
    Industry: Aerospace
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    13 October 2015 19:30 to 21:00
    Best Western Marks Tey Hotel - Colchester
    The cross-sectional profiles of the rail wheel and the rail itself play an essential role in steering a railway carriage with minimum energy expenditure. Poorly design and maintained profiles result in misalignment with the track with consequential wear, fatigue, frequent maintenance and increased fuel consumption. Professor Iwnicki will summarise with case studies the wheel-rail forces which support and guide a railway vehicle and the analytical simulation tools that have been developed.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Debate
    14 October 2015 19:30 to 21:00
    Anglia Ruskin University - Room QUE 101 - Chelmsford - Chelmsford
    The facts behind the headlines on this controversial technology.
    Industry: Fossil Power
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