Dear Members and Fellows
Our programme of events and lectures for 2013 are advertised on the Near You page of the Institutions web site. We have already held the first of the lecture meetings entitled "In Afghanistan with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers". The two officers from the Light Aid Detachment of REME gave a thought provoking presentation of life in Camp Bastion as well as the realities of maintenance of a variety of equipment in the field of operation. The talk shed light on a very different aspect of engineering when compared to the engineering we meet in our daily lives in Great Britain.
On 26 March speakers from EDF will talk on the the results of their findings after the Fukushima disaster in March 2011. They will describe the process followed to determine where and how improvements can be made to the nuclear power stations in the UK so that we may be prepared to avoid the catastrophe which befell the Japanese. On 16 April one of our committee members, Alison Cartwright, will discuss the use of Biomethane as a fuel for vehicles and for injection into the natural gas grid. It is claimed that there can be an 80% reduction in Carbon Dioxide emissions.
For the autumn, and still in preparation are lectures on composite materials, the engineering disciplines applied to submersible craft for ever deeper research into the oceans and finally a nostalgic look at an engineering masterpiece of yester year.
We have tried to make the programme varied but most importantly all of these engineering developments are for the future, so there is a lifetime of work for young people who want to get involved and many of the skills are transferable across the engineering disciplines.
The Institution continues to grow and has over 100,000 members of various grades. The Institution welcomes approaches from members who want to advance up the grades. There is a lot of information on the website about membership or a phone call to the Institution will help to give you the information you require.
I would like to draw your attention to a Linked In page, IMECHE Eastern Region, which has recently been set up. It provides an opportunity to engage with other professional engineers in the area for the benefit of networking and the exchange of information.
Finally, the Suffolk and N Essex Area held it Annual General Meeting on 17 January. Following this letter is a summary of the meeting.
We look forward to welcoming you to one of our meetings, which are held at the Ramada Hotel, A12 / A120 Junction at Ardleigh, neat Colchester.
With kind regards.
Michael Allen Chairman
Suffolk and N Essex Area
Institution of Mechanical Engineers
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