Friday, September 16, 2011

News: IMechE president in Rotherham


The president of The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), Professor Roderick A Smith FREng FIMechE, will visit Rotherham next week to give an address emphasising that engineering has a dominant role to play in shaping our future.

The event is taking place at the global headquarters of AESSEAL, the fourth largest mechanical seal manufacturer in the world, in Templeborough.

Professor Smith, the former Head of Department for Mechanical Engineering at Sheffield University will be visiting Rotherham in his capacity as the 126th President of the Institution.

During his time in office, he is focusing on promoting engineering to children, educating the wider public on what mechanical engineering is, providing strong stories about how mechanical engineering enriches all aspects of society, and engaging with the public on the biggest challenges faced by society - energy, population and resources.

Professor Smith said: "The average person in the street doesn't know how engineering is contributing to making life richer, healthier and more comfortable for them. I have to ask why that is, and the answer is that it's down to us as engineers to tell them. We have to communicate how we as engineers shape and influence society."

The presidential visit is followed by a number of IMechE events, visits, forums and speeches in the region.

The institute has invited Dan Fleetcroft and Mike Maddock, from Rotherham-based Performance Engineered Solutions (PES) Ltd, to talk at an event at Leeds University next week.

The PES team will present a journey through their engineering histories and share some of the projects a lessons learned in the pursuit of performance.

Based on the Advanced Manufacturing Park, the new breed of engineering design company has grown out Bromley Technologies Ltd and specialises in enhancing the performance of components, products and systems by delivering integrated engineering thinking alongside innovative design, materials, manufacturing and testing technologies.

They are currently working on a number of projects including; aerospace components, the aerodynamic and composite design for a new Moto2 racing bike, composite parts for a super lightweight, high performance road car, R&D projects in the automotive tyre sector, and the management of a major international engineering project.

IMechE website
AESSEAL website
PES Ltd website



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