The 2016 Alumni Weekend at the Department of Engineering Science
Fascinating lectures on the latest in biomedical engineering…
The annual Jenkin Lecture was given by Professor Constantin Coussios, the Department’s Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Fellow of Magdalen College. Professor Coussios’s talk explored how multi-disciplinary engineering approaches are changing clinical practice. From applications of fluid mechanics and control engineering to organ preservation, and from ultrasonic waves and bubbles to oncological drug delivery and spinal surgery, engineering can play a key role in developing tomorrow’s therapies.
Professor Coussios received his BA, MEng and PhD in Engineering from the University of Cambridge and was elected to the first statutory chair in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Oxford in 2011, with special responsibility for drug delivery and therapeutic devices. Supported by an EPSRC programme grant, he recently launched the £10m Oxford Centre for Drug Delivery Devices and will serve as the Director of the Oxford Institute of Biomedical Engineering from October 2016. In 2008, he was one of two academic founders of the Oxford University spin-out OrganOx Ltd., which has developed a novel normothermic perfusion device for improved liver and kidney preservation prior to transplantation. In 2014, he was the lead academic founder of OxSonics Ltd, which is developing a new generation of ultrasound-based medical devices for drug delivery and minimally invasive surgery.
The Jenkin Lecture can be viewed on video via the link below.
Professor Lionel Tarassenko, Professor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Head of the Department of Engineering Science and Fellow of St John’s College, gave his lecture on ‘Digital Health - wearables, smartphones and machine learning’. Although digital technologies are making a huge impact on most sectors which affect our daily lives, from communications and entertainment to transport and aerospace, this is much less so the case in healthcare. Digital solutions in general are built around a combination of sensors, computing platforms, algorithms and databases. Professor Tarassenko’s talk showed how the combination of novel sensors (including wearables and webcams), smartphones and computer tablets, machine learning algorithms and the increasing availability of large-scale clinical trial data is giving Oxford engineers and their clinical colleagues an unprecedented opportunity to apply the benefits of digital technologies to healthcare.
The ‘Digital Health’ lecture can be viewed on video via the link below.
The AGM - Oxford Engineering Alumni (OEA)
At this year’s AGM alumni gained a unique insight into the progress the Department has made over the last 12 months. Professor Tarassenko’s highlights included:
- The Department’s Institute of Biomedical Engineering (IBME) awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize
- The 42nd Maurice Lubbock Memorial Lecture given by the first female speaker - Lauri Hansen, Director of Engineering at the NASA Johnson Space Centre
- Professor Eleanor Stride (IBME) selected as one of the top 50 influential women in engineering 2016.
The outgoing President of the OEA, Martyn Hurst, launched the new annual OEA prize for the best overall student to present their 4th Year Project during the Department’s Maurice Lubbock Memorial Lecture event (held in May each year and judged by alumni). The overall winner will be invited to deliver a 15-minute lecture about their project at the Alumni Weekend (in September each year) and receive a prize of £500.
The incoming President of the OEA will be Professor Roderick Smith, formerly Chief Scientific Advisor Department for Transport and Past President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
We want to hear from alumni who want to ‘get involved’
Professor Tarassenko said: ‘The Department would be delighted to hear from alumni who can offer their time and expertise as mentors for undergraduates or who are able to offer internships for students on our newly launched EEM (Engineering, Entrepreneurship and Management) course option in the third and fourth years’.
If you are interested in ‘getting involved’ please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Professor Tarassenko’s update on his 2020 Vision and the AGM can be viewed on video via the link below.
The Day in pictures - catching up with friends and students over drinks and canapés
Our thanks to 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.