Aeronautical excellence: the BAE Systems Sir Richard Olver Chair
BAE Systems, one of the world’s largest defence contractors, has partnered with City University London to establish the BAE Systems Sir Richard Olver Chair in Aeronautical Engineering in the School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering. The new Chair will honour Sir Richard (Dick) Olver’s contribution as Chairman of BAE Systems between 2004 and 2014 and will support research into the ways that emerging technologies can benefit aerospace design.
Dick graduated from City in 1970 with a first class honours degree in Civil Engineering and in 2004 he was awarded a Doctor of Science honoris causa by the University. Before joining BAE Systems, Dick worked for BP for over 30 years.
Of the new chair, Mr Ian King, BAE Systems Chief Executive, said: "During his time as Chairman of BAE Systems, Dick was a passionate supporter of the company's objective of encouraging young people to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. This Chair is a fitting way to celebrate his work. It will benefit business and academia by providing the opportunity to further our understanding of emerging technologies."
City's aeronautical engineering courses are accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the aeronautical research group is an active participant in the new UK Aerospace Technology Institute.