We are delighted to welcome Professor Dame Ann Dowling DBE FREng FRS, President, the Royal Academy of Engineering to speak to our members about the future of the Engineering industry.
In any review of the UK’s assets for our new Brexit world a solid and plentiful cadre of up and coming scientists, and in particular engineers, seems not to be among them. Figures are encouragingly on the rise but the take-up of STEM courses in schools and subsequent progression to tertiary education for careers in STEM is still lamentably low - and the proportion of female engineering graduates even more so.
This is a topic close to the heart of one of our most distinguished engineers, Professor Dame Ann Dowling (and a matter of discussion in her recent appearance on Desert Island Discs). Ann has remarked “one of the biggest limiters on what UK businesses can do is actually getting the people that they need” and “What I’d really like to achieve is to make engineering central to society … that’s what I think the job is all about”. Ann is a mechanical engineer who researches combustion, acoustics and vibration and has specialised in the reduction of aircraft noise. From 2009 to 2014 she was Head of the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge, and she was the first female professor there in 1998.
Ann is the first female President of the Royal Academy of Engineering. Among her many other activities she is a Trustee of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering. This will be a most interesting event for all those – especially either engineers themselves, or employers - with an interest in the future of engineering, and of qualified engineers.
This is a D Group event. For members only.
For more information about booking this event please contact Talia@dgroup.co.uk or call 0207 7318 9200.