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Mechanical Engineering Design and Project Exhibition 2021

Students from the Department of Mechanical Engineering showcase their individual and group project work following a keynote lecture from Danielle Welch.

  • 26 May 2021, 9.00am to 26 May 2021, 4.45pm BST (GMT +01:00)
  • This is an online event.
  • This event is free
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A student puts on a virtual reality headset in front of an exhibition booth.
Our students have been working on projects from formula race cars to medical products and wing designs.

Our design and project exhibition has been running since 1965. Over the years we have had keynote lectures from James Dyson, McLaren Group's Ron Dennis and The Apprentice winner Tom Pellereau, to name but a few. The day celebrates the achievements of our students and encourages them to communicate their project work to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Programme of events

Time Activity
9:00 - 9:15 Welcome by Professor Gary Lock and Dr Elies Dekoninck
09:15 - 09:30 The role of mechanical engineers in a global pandemic by Dr Alexander Lunt
9:30 - 10:15 Keynote lecture 'Moving decks and fast jets – the challenges of military aviation' by Lieutenant Danielle followed by a question and answer session
Break
10:30 - 12:15 Industrial Group Business & Design Project teams presentations
Break
13:00 - 14:00 Competition Group Business & Design project teams presentations
Break
14:15 - 16:45 Themed parallel sessions: final-year project presentations

Joseph Black keynote lecture by Lieutenant Danielle Welch

Danielle Welch is a Royal Navy pilot, the only woman to have flown both front line helicopters and fast jets in the British military and the second ever female Royal Navy fast jet pilot.

Time spent living on oil tankers as a child shaped her early interest in engineering and this began a chain of events which resulted in her flying aircraft solo before she could drive a car.

Danielle graduated from the University of Bath with a Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering with French in 2007 and joined the Royal Navy the following year. She has flown the Lynx Mk8 helicopter, predominately from ships, in support of counter-narcotic operations as well as humanitarian aid and disaster relief missions. She was then selected to fly fast jets and has been operating the Eurofighter Typhoon on exchange with the Royal Air Force as part of the team conducting Quick Reaction Alert launches, maintaining the integrity of UK airspace.

By its nature, military flying can involve operating aircraft to the limit of the flight envelope and occasionally beyond it, in some of the most extreme conditions. A sound engineering understanding can be the difference between mission success and failure and, potentially, life or death. With over 12 years of military experience, hundreds of deck landings and front line experience of both rotary and fixed wing flying, Danielle has seen many of these events play out.

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