Experts in aeronautical engineering will discuss some of the latest developments in their field next week (10-11 September), as they celebrate the centenary of aeronautics teaching in the UK, at Queen Mary, University of London.
Speakers include Dr John Green, chairman of the Greener by Design project, who will discuss the three main impacts of civil aviation on the environment over the next 100 years - noise, air pollution around airports and changes to atmospheric composition and climate.
Professor James De Laurier - inventor of the world’s first engine-powered ornithopter and the first human-carrying ornithopter – discusses his work on these flapping-wing, micro air vehicles, which are modelled on insect and hummingbird flight.
Don Cameron, founder of the world's largest hot air balloon manufacturer and designer of the first hot-air balloon to circumnavigate the globe, will discuss the oldest form of flight.
John Armitt, CBE, Head of the Olympic Delivery Authority, and ex-chief executive of Network Rail, will be a key speaker at the conference dinner.
The two-day conference is being held in memory of Professor AP Thurston, who established the formal teaching of aeronautics in the UK at East London College (now Queen Mary) in 1907, just four years after the first powered flight.
The presentations and discussions will also touch on Flying Machines (Heavier than Air Type); Balloons, Airships and Kites; and the Mechanical Principles of Flight.
As well as the technical aspects of aeronautics, an industrial perspective will be given by speakers including Frank Ogilvie, Airbus A380 Aerodynamics Director and Deputy Head of Overall Aircraft Design. Staff members past and present will also look back on how teaching and research in aeronautics has changed over the last 100 years, and celebrate the life and achievements of Professor AP Thurston.
Chief organiser of the event, Fariborz Motallebi, said: “We are delighted to have such a prominent and distinguished group of speakers at Queen Mary to talk about our significant historical contribution to aeronautics, and its future in the UK.”
The two-day conference is being held on 10 and 11 September 2007, at the College’s Mile End campus, E1 4NS.
Historical images and diagrams are available on request, as is a full programme and listing of invited speakers.
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