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Press Release - 17 March 2008

Free public lecture: engineering design from cathedrals to cars

Local people will be able to learn about engineering challenges through history and their impact on today’s design at a free public lecture at the University of Bath on Wednesday 19 March 2008 at 6.15pm (lecture theatre 2 East, 3.1).

Professor Chris McMahon from the University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering will consider some of the most complex design challenges faced by engineers through the ages, from designing ships in the 17th century, to the modern computer-assisted design of cars and planes.

“The building of a 17th century naval ship was a very complex activity, requiring the development of new representations to describe and communicate the design of the ship,” said Professor McMahon.

“The building of modern aircraft and motor vehicles today has remained among the most complicated things we do and continues to require new representations.”

Professor McMahon is a Professor in Engineering Design and Director of Innovative Design & Manufacturing Research Centre.

Admission is free, but tickets need to be reserved from Sheila Willmott, details above. Free parking is available in the West car park. The presentation will take place in lecture theatre 2 East 3.1 on the Claverton campus, University of Bath.

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