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 Chair of the Western Aerospace Centre is Natalie Hibberd, 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 Competition 2017

Engineering Communication Excellence

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 their graduation. The format of the competition is intended to test the technical, business and communication skills required of an engineer.

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

Photo Courtesy Duncan Chase

To enter, submit a 750 word abstract summarising your research or development project on any aviation related topic to the Western Aerospace Centre by 30th January 2017.

The overall winner will receive a £500 first prize, and the three runners-up will each receive £100. Subject to confirmation, the four finalists will have a day visiting the Red Arrows.

A flyer is attached here with more details on the rules is attached here.

Western Aerospace Centre Prestige Lecture 2016

Additive Manufacture: Revolutionising Aviation Manufacture and Design

Additive Manufacturing (AM) is changing the face of aircraft design and GKN Aerospace is at the forefront of transforming the technology from theory to flying parts.

Whereas conventional manufacturing approaches typically form a component by removing material, Additive Manufacture builds parts layer by layer. This enables previously impossible designs to be made and increases control of material molecular structure.

Dr Robert Sharman (Global Head of Additive Manufacturing – GKN Aerospace) will share his passion for Additive Manufacturing, describing fundamentals and applications to show how it will revolutionise the Aerospace Manufacturing Industry.


FREE and open to all. No pre-booking required.  For more details contact Pauli Markkanen:

Email wacsec@imeche.org
Telephone 07879 808 707

Monday 17th October 2016 - 18:30 for 19:00 lecture, finger buffet to follow.

Pugsley Lecture Theatre
Queens Building
University of Bristol
Cantocks Close
Bristol BS8 1TS

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Current and Future Events

Please click the event heading for further information.
  • Event Type: Competition event
    31 January 2017 22:00 to 23:00
    Western Aerospace Centre 2017 Prize Prize competition deadline is 31st January 2017. Paper presentation evening is planned for April 2017.
    Industry: Aerospace
  • Event Type: Competition event
    17 April 2017 00:00 to 00:00
    Queens Building, University of Bristol - Bristol
    The finalists of the Western Aerospace Centre 2017 Prize will present their work to senior members of the Western Region's aerospace industry and academia with the hope of taking first prize. Please note that the final presentation date is TO BE CONFIRMED.
    Industry: Aerospace
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