The 2015 Alumni Weekend at the Department of Engineering Science
In the morning a group of Engineering alumni and their families viewed the Toyota City Imaging Project, a collection of motoring and transport images from the John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera - one of the largest and most important collections of printed ephemera in the world. It offered a fresh view of British history through primary, un-interpreted printed documents which, produced for short-term use, have survived by chance. The Collection is not only the strongest in the 18th to early 20th centuries but also contains earlier material. Digital.Bodleian represents a landmark in the Bodleian’s recent technological achievements in that it brings together many extraordinary special collections on a new digital platform, including material from the John Johnson Collection.
In the afternoon the Department staged two thought-provoking lectures on the theme of water management. Professor Ian Thompson’s lecture focused on “putting sustainability into water engineering” and there was an eye opening look at the value of water by Mark Enzer, Engineering Science alumnus and Group Practice Manager for Water and Environment with Mott MacDonald, who gave this year’s Jenkin Lecture, titled: “Global Water Issues”. Professor Lionel Tarassenko, Head of the Department of Engineering Science, delivered his lecture on “The 2020 Vision for Engineering at Oxford – How Far Have We Got?” In his talk Professor Tarassenko highlighted the need for graduate funding as a significant number of UK post-graduates are being deterred from continuing with their studies in this country. Lord Jenkin of Roding, grandson of the first Professor of Engineering Science (Professor Charles Frewen Jenkin FRS, 1908 -1929), made a special presentation of his grandfather’s drawing instruments and mirror galvanometer. These are now on permanent loan to the Department and will be showcased for students and guests to enjoy in the Jenkin Building.
Professor Lionel Tarassenko: “The 2020 Vision for Engineering at Oxford - How Far Have We Got?”
Professor Ian Thompson: “Putting Sustainability into Water Engineering”
Mark Enzer: The Jenkin Lecture: “Global Water Issues”
Launch of Alumni Website
A new milestone in the history of the Department of Engineering Science – the launch of the Department’s new alumni website section – please visit: http://www.eng.ox.ac.uk/alumni
The Day in pictures…
Special presentations by Lord Jenkin of Roding
Unique collection at the Weston Library
Meeting old friends and new students over drinks and canapés
Our thanks to Lord Jenkin, members of the Oxford Engineering Alumni (OEA), formerly Society of Oxford University Engineers (SOUE), students and staff who helped to make this such a special and memorable day, and to all alumni and non-alumni who attended.