Western Aerospace Centre

The Centre is part of the Aerospace Division of the IMechE, and represents western region industry and academia with interest in the aerospace industry.

The Chairman of the Western Aerospace Centre is Martin Soltau, who can be reached by emailing wac@imeche.org.

The Honorary Secretary, Pauli Markkanen MEng CEng MIMechE can be reached about anything in connection with the Western Aerospace Centre and its events by emailing wacsec@imeche.org

Please get in touch if you would like represent your organisation in industry or academia on the committee, if you would like further details on any of the events on these pages, or if you would be interested in helping arrange these or other events across the Western Region.


Western Aerospace Centre Prize 2016

A Recognition of Continuing Professional Development

The Western Aerospace Centre annual prize competition encourages Continuing Professional Development for Young Engineers who have previously graduated with a first degree.
Western Aerospace Centre Prize 2016

Unfortunately the 2016 prize event has been cancelled.

The purpose of the prize is to encourage the further professional development of young engineers living and working in the West of England and South Wales, following graduation with a first degree.

The format of the competition is designed to test the entrant’s communication skills when delivering technical information on their subject and the potential benefit to the business / aviation industry, to a technical audience.

A 750 word abstract, summarising the author’s work on an  aerospace related research or development industrial project, must be submitted to the Western Aerospace Centre no later than Friday 11th March 2016. The competition is open to self-employed individuals, as well as those employed by or studying with engineering organisations. Qualifying entries on any aviation related topic will be accepted. The detailed rules are presented on the attached flyer.

The selected finalists will be invited to give a 20 minute presentation at the Presentation Evening scheduled for April 2016 at the University of Bristol, in front of a panel including engineering directors from the region’s leading Aerospace organisations.

Subject to confirmation, the four finalists may have a full day with the Red Arrows. The overall winner will receive a £500 first prize, runner up cash prizes will also be awarded.

This is a chance to represent your company or organisation, to gain exposure to senior aerospace representatives from industry and academia, and for employers to encourage professional development amongst their engineers.

Detailed rules can be found on the attached flyer.  Please publicise where appropriate as this competition is for members and non-members alike.

A report on the visit to RAF Scampton of the 2015 finalists is available here.

Western Aerospace Centre Prestige Lecture 2015

Project ZERO: Inspiring the Future

As VP Research and Development for Agusta-Westland, Dr James Wang conceived Project Zero, the world’s first all-electric tiltrotor technology demonstrator aircraft. With one goal of the project to inspire the next generation, a team of young engineers designed, built and tested the concept aircraft in just 6 months. It features a number of innovative technologies, and has been selected for several prestigious international awards, including the 2014 RAeS Team Gold Award.

In this lecture, Dr Wang shared his passion for vertical flight, describing the Project Zero development programme, and where these technologies may lead in the future.


Dr Wang Bio

Monday 26th October 2015.

Chemistry Lecture Theatre
University of Bristol
Cantocks Close
Bristol BS8 1TS

WAC Prestige Lecture 2015 - Project Zero

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