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 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 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

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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