Lubbock Day 2013: Wednesday, 15th May

Mr Stefano Domenicali, Scuderia Ferrari Team Principal, delivered the 39th Maurice Lubbock Memorial Lecture on 15th May. The Department’s two main lecture theatres were full to hear the lecture titled “Ferrari”, with over 300 representatives from industry, the University’s alumni community, government, and schools from Oxfordshire.

Lubbock 2013 speaker
Pictured here are: Professor Guy Houlsby (left); Mr Stefano Domenicali (centre); The Honourable Lyulph Lubbock (right).
Stefano Domenicali steered his presentation from the influence of early Italian culture on the design, engineering and team spirit of Scuderia Ferrari (Ferrari’s Formula 1 racing team) to the ‘magnetism’ of Ferrari today under the leadership of Luca di Montezemolo, Chairman of Ferrari. Founded by Enzo Ferrari, it is the oldest surviving team in Grand Prix racing, having competed since 1932, and statistically the most successful Formula One team in history. It employs approximately 200 engineers out of a total workforce of about 500.

A stimulating Q & A session included questions on the impact of new F1 regulations in 2014 relating to the introduction of a revised engine formula, in which the 2.4 litre V8 engine configuration will be replaced with a 1.6 litre turbocharged V6 engine that incorporates an energy recovery system, and a discussion whether F1 drivers be needed in the future as new technology could enable driverless robotic cars.

Mr Stefano Domenicali said: “Ferrari combines determination, curiosity, generosity, decisiveness, courtesy, Italian spirit and international professionalism. A breeding ground for bright ideas and solutions, be they graduates from the Ferrari Graduate Programme or experienced professionals. People with talent can show it”.

The Hon. Lyulph Lubbock, who represented the Lubbock Trustees at this year’s Lecture, gave the vote of thanks. He highlighted his grandfather’s passion for cars, which had led Maurice Lubbock commissioning a custom-made 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Corsica Four-Place Open Tourer (pictured above on the poster).

Professor Guy Houlsby, Head of the Department of the Engineering Science, highlighted the evolving research partnership with Ferrari, centred on their base at the Begbroke Science Park and with a focus on software development and simulation.

Overall, it was a very engaging afternoon and one that furthered my drive and interest in Formula One and pursuing a career in Engineering”, Sixth Form student, Cokethorpe School, Witney

The mix between modern university talent showcasing new areas of engineering, and of course Stefano Domenicali talking about Ferrari really made the experience very special as well something to remember and reflect on for years to come”, Year 11 Pupil, The Warriner School, near Banbury

With special thanks to the Trustees of the Maurice Lubbock Memorial Trust for their continued support.

To view the “Ferrari” lecture please follow the link here:

Guests at this year’s Lubbock Day also enjoyed two exhibitions…

The Undergraduate Project Exhibition by 4th Year Students

Established in 2001, the exhibition this year included a range of posters and hardware.

The judges, all of whom were alumni of the Department of Engineering Science and now working in industry, were: Richard Espiner (BP plc); Dr Jessica Leitch (Run3D Ltd); Dr Ankor Raithatha (GL Noble Denton); Dr Claire Lucas (Jaguar Land Rover).

Prizes were awarded to:

Lubbock 2013 judges
Pictured from left to right are: Dr Jessica Leitch; Dr Claire Lucas; Mr Richard Espiner; Dr Cathy Ye; Dr Ankor Raithatha.
Lubbock 2013 prizewinners
Pictured above is Mr Stefano Domenicali with the eleven prizewinners of the 4th Year Project Exhibition.
Lubbock 2013 sponsors
Pictured above are sponsors of this year's 4th Year Project Exhibition prizes.
  • ARM Ltd: ‘The ARM Prize for Digital Technology’
    Student: Rebecca Grady (Wadham College)
    Project title:The performers’ acoustic space: Creating a concert hall stage in a practise room
  • Atkins: ‘The Atkins Prize for the Best Energy-related Exhibit’
    Student: Alexander Hunt (Worcester College)
    Project title:Determining the approach direction of waves towards an FPSO
  • GlaxoSmithKline: ‘The GSK Excellence in Communication of Engineering Innovation Award’
    Student: Alan Chappell (Balliol College)
    Project title:A Scanning System for Ultra-wideband (UWB) Medical Imaging
  • Ibex Industrial Brushes: ‘The Ibex Industrial Brushes Mechanical Engineering Award’
    Student: Dan Garrett (Brasenose College)
    Project title:Origami Structures with Curved Creases
  • Jaguar Land Rover: ‘The Jaguar Land Rover Prize for Excellence in Automotive Engineering’
    Student: Alexander Fox (Wadham College)
    Project title:Sealing Jet Engines
  • Laing O’Rourke: ‘The Laing O’Rourke Best Civil and Construction Engineering Award’
    Student: Francesca Golding (Brasenose College)
    Project title:Modelling the Dynamic Response of Ice Roads
  • Mirada Medical: ‘Mirada Medical Best Image Processing and Computer Vision Award’
    Student: Ioana Nica (St Edmund Hall)
    Project title:Towards quantifying pain: processing brain signals from deep brain nuclei”.
  • Osborne: ‘Osborne prize for the project with the greatest practical application to civil engineering or structures’
    Student: Amy Ricketts (St Hilda’s College)
    Project title:Tomographic analysis of Fracture in Concrete
  • Sharp Devices Europe: ‘SHARP Prize for best Electronics Engineering Exhibit’
    Student: David Hansford (Brasenose College)
    Project title:Visible Light Communications using Smart Phones
  • Shell UK: ‘Shell Award for Innovation’
    Student: Elliott Hawkins (Brasenose College)
    Project title:Improving Surface Cooler Technology for Rolls-Royce Trent Engines
  • Sony BPRL: ‘Sony Image Processing Prize’
    Student: Samuel Akinfala (Somerville College)
    Project title:Combustion of an Iso-butanol blend in a GDI engine & Stereo Imaging of the combustion chamber

Many thanks to all judges, and 4th Year undergraduates who took part.

With special thanks to the above sponsors for donating prizes.

The Engineering Science Automotive Engineering Exhibition

The Department also had on display some of its research work, concentrating on activity at the Begbroke Science Park and at the Osney Thermofluids Laboratory. Highlights included ‘robot cars’, ‘PEGGIE’ – the Eco Marathon car, impact engineering and turbo-machinery.

Lubbock 2013 montage