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Live-stream: IMarEST President's Day Lecture
Thu 16 March 2017, 18:30 – 19:45 GMT
IMarEST TV live-stream of the annual President’s Day lecture, broadcast from Trinity House in London.
The IMarEST's 115th president, Prof Chris Hodge OBE FREng, CEng, FIMarEST, will deliver the annual President’s Day lecture at Trinity House in London.
A Century of Engineering Education and Training and the Challenge for the Future
In the early part of the 20th century, many engineers commenced their training as craft or technician apprentices. They achieved professional status by either moving to one of the few universities or through a combination of night-school and career-based training and examination. With the advent of many more universities and polytechnics, greater value was placed upon the higher education route. This was reinforced in the early 1990s in the UK, with all polytechnics becoming universities and many of the traditional apprenticeship schemes being discontinued.
In the early part of the 21st century the MEng, or Master’s-level equivalent, remains the gold standard for the academic element of the formation of professional engineers. Conversely, the amount of practical experience gained by those taking the degree has dropped markedly. This of course, is a consequence of how technology has developed. Very few young engineers today know that once, white metal bearings were routinely fitted individually to their journals by a repetitive process of “scraping and blueing”. But that does not matter at all when modern thin shell bearings need no specialised fitting.
This lecture will illustrate how engineering education and training has changed over the last century by describing that undertaken by the President’s father in the 1930s, his own training in the 1970s and that of his daughter in the 2010s. It will consider how appropriate this is in responding to the challenge posed by modern technology and the development of Higher/Degree Apprenticeships. It will also consider whether engineering itself, by making the complicated, simple and the dangerous, safe, has insulated users from the joy of understanding the underlying technological complexity and thereby helped to make an engineering career less attractive, even to those for whom it is a vocation.
The lecture will conclude by suggesting how the linear approach to educating the young could be changed to reflect the best practices of engineering education and training over the last century. The approach proposed would not only be of benefit to the young themselves, but equally importantly to the advantage of the engineering profession and thereby to the benefit of society.
About our Speaker
Chris Hodge has served for 26 years in the Royal Navy gaining a BSc Mechanical Engineering, MSc Electrical Engineering and PgDip Nuclear Engineering. Among other sea appointments he served as the Marine Engineer Officer in HMS ORPHEUS and HMS CONQUEROR. Subsequently he served in the UK MoD as the Head of both the Mechanical and Electrical Nuclear Steam Raising Plant Design Authorities and completed his naval service as the Head of the Electrical Power Systems Specialist Group.
After leaving the Royal Navy in 1998 he joined Rolls Royce Marine in various positions before joining BMT DSL as the Chief Electrical Engineer in 2005. He has experience across the gamut of marine engineering including operation, maintenance, in-service support and design of systems and equipment for both surface ships and submarines.
In particular, he has a significant international reputation for his breadth of knowledge and understanding of marine electrical power systems. He is particularly recognised for his work associated with the topology and application of innovative power electronic converters, the issues relating to novel torque dense propulsion motors, electrical machine winding space harmonics and the stability determinants of marine electrical power systems. He has published widely; winning numerous awards and has been invited to deliver keynote addresses in several international engineering conferences, including ones in Japan, China and the USA as well as Europe.
A Chartered Engineer, he is a Fellow of the IMarEST, a Fellow and former elected Trustee of the Royal Academy of Engineering and an Honorary Professor of Engineering at the University of Warwick. He served as the Chairman of the IMarEST Board of Trustees from 2009 to 2016 and is now serving as its President-Elect. He was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in Her Majesty the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2015 for services to Royal Navy Engineering.
He lives in Frome Somerset, is married to Christine and has two adult children, Richard a biochemist and Becky a mechanical engineer. He is a Vice-President and Secretary of Frome Rugby Football Cub, a member of Frome Town Archers, a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights and a member and Treasurer of the Thunderer’s London Dining Club.
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