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Edwards Lecture 2016 with Professor Sarah Spurgeon OBE FREng: Control engineering at the heart of society?




In conjunction with the Worshipful Company of Scientific Instrument Makers

At face value, engineering is a great career delivering over 27% of GDP in the UK in 2014 and commanding a 15% wage premium over other occupations. However, despite the efforts and resource expended over many years to encourage more young people into engineering, we have a major skills shortage. Control engineering underpins many developments across the engineering spectrum and yet is frequently a hidden technology. In the context of the national position of the engineering discipline, this lecture will demonstrate the excitement of control engineering and the value it adds to communities and society.

Sarah SpurgeonSarah Spurgeon OBE, FREng, FInstMC, FIET, FIMA is Professor of Control Engineering at the University of Kent and President of the Institute of Measurement and Control. Sarah Spurgeon’s research interests are in the area of systems modelling and analysis, robust control and estimation in which areas she has published over 270 refereed research papers. She was awarded the Honeywell International Medal for ‘distinguished contribution as a control and measurement technologist to developing the theory of control’ in 2010 and an IEEE Millenium Medal in 2000. She is currently a member of the Council of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) and a member of the General Assembly of the European Control Association. Within the UK she is an independent member of the Defence Scientific Advisory Council (DSAC) which provides independent advice to the Secretary of State for Defence on science, technology, engineering, analysis and mathematics matters. and is also a Board Member of EngineeringUK.

The Edwards Lecture is the longest running lecture series at City University London, with this year’s lecture being the 42nd lecture. The lecture commemorates the work of F D Edwards, a member of staff at City University London’s predecessor institution, The Northampton Institute, and Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Scientific Instrument Makers.

Guests are invited to a reception following the lecture.

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6.30pm - 8.00pmWednesday 16th March 2016

Oliver Thompson Lecture Theatre Tait Building City, University of London Northampton Square London EC1V 0HB United Kingdom

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