Alumni Weekend

2018 Meeting Minds Alumni Weekend
When Sep 15, 2018
from 10:00 AM to 06:30 PM
Where Thom Building
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On 15th September the Department’s doors will once again be open for an update on our recent developments and future plans, along with lectures providing an insight into the exceptional research being undertaken across the Department. 

This year Professor Byron Byrne will deliver the 2018 Jenkin lecture on offshore wind structures.

We will also be offering Engineering Alumni tours of the Department so you can see the undergraduate laboratories on the 3rd, 4th and 5th floors of the Thom building, to show how engineering is taught in the labs.


10.00 – 12.30pm Building Tours – An opportunity to see new developments within the Department of Engineering and current research demonstrations.
1.30 – 2.00pm - Registration
2.00 – 3.10pm Oxford Engineering Alumni (OEA) Annual General Meeting
2.30 – 2.35pm Presentation of the Matthew Greenwood Outreach Prize
2.35 – 3.10pm Update on 2020 Vision: Professor Lionel Tarassenko, Head of Department
3.10 – 3.30pm Presentation from the Winner of the 2018 OEA 4th Year Project Presentation Prize – Ana Roomans: Developing algorithms to aid diagnosis of degenerative retinal diseases
3.30 – 4.00pm Refreshments
4.00 – 5.00pm The Jenkin Lecture: Professor Byron Byrne ‘Engineering Design for Offshore Wind’
5.15 – 6.30pm Drinks and Canapés Reception


Professor Byron ByrneByron Byrne
Title: “Engineering Design for Offshore Wind”
Summary: Offshore wind energy is a major component of the UK’s energy mix, with over 2000 offshore turbines either operational or being constructed, and many more planned for the next few decades. Similarly, ambitious plans exist across Europe and elsewhere in the world. Advanced engineering design plays a crucial role in reducing capital and operational costs, and is necessary for the wind energy industry to be sustained. This lecture will explore how Oxford Engineering Science is addressing the critical design challenges facing the offshore wind industry, with a focus on civil and geotechnical design.

Bio: Professor Byron Byrne holds the Ørsted Royal Academy of Engineering Chair of Advanced Geotechnical Design. His research focuses on development of new design methods for offshore structures, particularly soil-structure interaction and renewable energy. He collaborates closely with Ørsted, one of the leading developers of offshore wind energy worldwide, and with whom the Department has recently signed a five-year research agreement focused on optimisation of offshore wind turbine foundations.

Professor Lionel Tarassenko CBE FREng FMedSci
Professor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering,
Head of the Department of Engineering Science, Fellow of St John’s College
Title: Update on 2020 Vision
After four years as Head of Department, he will give an update on progress towards the 2020 Vision for the Department.

Lionel Tarassenko is the second alumnus to become the Head of Department since its creation in 1908. He was appointed as University Lecturer (and Tutorial Fellow at St Hugh’s) in 1988, and elected to the Chair of Electrical Engineering (and a Professorial Fellowship at St John’s) in 1997. He was the driving force behind the creation of the Institute of Biomedical Engineering, which he directed from its opening in April 2008 to October 2012. He is a world-leading expert in the application of signal processing and machine learning to medical systems, with a strong track record in translation to clinical medicine. He holds 30 granted patents and has founded four University spin-out companies, all in the med tech sector. He received the 2006 Silver Medal of the Royal Academy of Engineering for his contribution to British engineering leading to market exploitation and he won the Institute of Engineering & Technology IT Award, also in 2006. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (2000), and a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences (2013). He was made a CBE for services to engineering in 2012.


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