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Encouraging Engineering-Reinvigorating the S&T Approach to STEM

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Office Of Rail and Road (ORR)

1 Kemble Street

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WC2B 4AN

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Technical presentation

Speaker: Alexander Patton, Siemens Rail Automation UK

Alexander is a Systems Engineer at Siemens in London, currently managing cyber security requirements for the Deep Tube Upgrade Programme. His career started as a schoolboy hobby, programming and working part-time as an IT technician. While studying aerospace at the University of Surrey, he discovered his interest in control systems and systems engineering. After a year in Germany encouraged Alex to look closer at the railway, he joined Siemens as a graduate in 2015. Since then, he has experienced disciplines ranging from R&D to project delivery. In his spare time, Alex volunteers both for the IRSE and within STEM.

Alexander will describe a new approach to teaching programming, electronics and computing to young people through solving challenges of the railway signalling industry. In 2016, he developed together with his colleagues,a model railway layout using low-cost commercial off-the-shelf (COTS)components as found in school electronics kits. The model railway’s control system allows young people to interact with features of a modern railway such as automatic train operation (ATO), automatic train protection (ATP), passenger information systems, train detection and even simulation of trackside for office testing. During brief demonstrations, youths can take full control and direct trains around the layout, experiencing how modern signalling systems prevent collisions, and how passenger information systems keep customers informed.

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