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 CEng MIMechE MSc, 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

We hold two main events every year - our Prestige Lecture and our Engineering Prize Competition. 

Over the years, many influential contributors to the aerospace industry have presented the Western Aerospace Centre Prestige Lecture (for more details of these past lectures: Prestige Lecture History).

The annual Western Aerospace Centre Prize aims 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 intended to test the technical, business and communication skills required of an engineer (for details of past winners: Prize History).




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.

Current and Future Events

Please click the event heading for further information.
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    02 October 2017 19:00 to 20:30
    University of Bristol - Bristol
    Tim’s lecture “Future Wing Development” will cover the Airbus business today, challenges going forward and Wing Technology development activities. Followed by buffet food and networking opportunities.
    Industry: Aerospace Industries
  • Event Type: Competition event
    31 January 2018 00:00 to 00:00
    Online Submission
    Western Aerospace Centre 2017 Prize. Prize competition deadline is 31st January 2018. Paper presentation evening is planned for April 2018.
    Industry: Aerospace Industries
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