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Future of Engineering 2017 Conference

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Innovation is fundamental to the UK’s long-term success. It underpins productivity and our national prosperity. Disruptive certainly, but crucial to the creation of new products and services that will change the way we live and work in ways we cannot yet imagine. As an engineer, your role is central to the process by which technological innovations transform our society and economy.

But what is ‘successful’ innovation? How do you plan for this disruption? How do we ensure new technology is fit for purpose, before it even reaches the end user? And how do we deal with the ever increasing pace of technological change?

This conference will seek to answer these key questions and more, and will demonstrate how standards and standardization provides a valuable and necessary framework for innovation, ensuring the appropriateness and safety of the applications of future technologies.

The Future of Engineering annual conference series was created to introduce standards to engineering professionals, and to encourage them to engage in the standards development process. The events cover engineering as a whole, but have a direct interest to those in the electrotechnical sector. Now in its 6th year, they are a co-production between partners BSI, IET, GAMBICA, BEAMA and AMDEA, and directly support the IEC’s Young Professionals Programme.

There will also be opportunities to interact with other engineers on career and professional issues.

Conference Agenda

09:00 Registration

10:00 Welcome Conference Chair

David Bell - Director of Standards Policy, BSI

10:10 Opening keynote - TBC

10:40 Keynote: Horizontal innovation – a start-ups story

Sean Redmond – CEO and founder Vertizan Limited & Vice Chairman UK ESCO Leadership Council

Sean will show how the team at a dynamic UK start-up applied the concept of horizontal innovation to develop a solution for one of the world’s greatest challenges - eliminating functional defects in software.

11:10 Tea, coffee and conversations

11:30 Driving innovation through the convergence of design, material science and technology

Dr Eugin Pei, Programme Director, Department of Engineering Design, Brunel University

Eujin will explore the fascinating recent advancements in multi-material additive manufacturing, including some of the latest innovations and projects in the fields of smart materials, active fibres and adaptive biomimetic composites.

12:00 The need for brilliant minds in standards-setting for new technologies

Panel debate

Chaired by Nnamdi Jenkins-Johnston, Portfolio Development Manager, IET Standards


Martin Cotterell - Application Engineer, TESLA Energy

Graham Kenyon - Director and Principal Consultant, G Kenyon Technology Ltd

Tara West - Publisher, IET Standards

Jessica Jones - Engineer, Sony UK Technology Centre

12:45 Lunch, exhibition and conversations

13:45 Shaping the future of international standardization

Geoff Young, President, British Electrotechnical Committee

Alan Sellers, Senior Environmental Control Approvals Engineer, Dyson and IEC Future Leader Young Professional 2016-17

Alan and Geoff will showcase the work of the IEC’s Young Professionals Programme, which brings together the world’s upcoming expert engineers, technicians and managers, and provides them with opportunities to shape the future of international standardization in the field of electrotechnology.

14:00 Interactive session: deconstructing successful innovation

Gill Whitney, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, Middlesex University and undergraduates

Gill and her students will deconstruct a recent technical innovation to identify the factors that lead to its success, the factors that could have led to failure, and the ways in which the innovation – and its management - met the needs of end users.

14:30 Preserving the geostationary belt

Alessandro Cacioni, Flight Manager, Inmarsat

Alessandro will describe the incredible field of space debris mitigation, and the role that standards have played in the driving the development of space technology innovations over the past 60 years.

15:00 Closing keynote

Professor Jeremy Watson – President, IET

15:30 Tea, coffee and conversations

16:00 Conference close

*Programme subject to change

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