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The Sir Richard Olver Engineering Lecture with Professor Dame Ann Dowling




Research and innovation - engines for growth

Professor Dame Ann Dowling OM DBE FREng FRS, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, will give the first Sir Richard Olver lecture on a subject of critical importance to the UK’s future industrial strategy: the challenges that must be addressed to boost the UK’s performance as an innovation nation. Drawing on her knowledge of the research and innovation ecosystem, she will consider ways of forging closer, productive partnerships between business and academia. She will share insights from the engineering community on the UK’s future outside the EU and her perspectives on the policies and approaches that are needed for a successful, modern industrial strategy.

This lecture forms part of BAE's commitment to funding a Chair at City, University of London. The BAE Systems Sir Richard Olver Chair in Aeronautical Engineering builds upon the legacy of engineering at City, University of London and its forebears and provide a fitting tribute to the most successful of careers of one of the Institutions alumni. Sir Richard Olver was a great servant to UK industry over a career spanning over 40 years.

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Ann Dowling is President of the Royal Academy of Engineering and is also a Deputy Vice Chancellor and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Cambridge, where she was Head of the Department of Engineering 2009-14 and ran the University Gas Turbine Partnership with Rolls-Royce 2001-14. She has held visiting posts at MIT and at Caltech. Professor Dowling’s research is on efficient, low emission combustion for aero and industrial gas turbines and low noise vehicles, especially aircraft and cars.

Ann is a non-executive director of BP plc and is also a non-executive member of the Board of the UK government’s Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). She is a member of the Prime-Minister’s Council for Science and Technology. In 2015 she chaired a review for BIS on business-university research collaborations.

She was appointed CBE for services to Mechanical Engineering in 2002, DBE for services to Science in 2007 and was appointed to the Order of Merit by the Queen in December 2015.

About Sir Richard Olver

Sir Richard (Dick) Olver is one of City, University of London's highest profile alumni, who has made an enormous contribution to UK industry. Dick studied for a BSc in Civil Engineering between 1965-1970 graduating with a first class honours degree. He went on to have an outstanding career that spanned over 30 years with BP, where he served as Deputy Group Chief Executive from 2003 and Chief Executive, Exploration and Production from 1998. He continued his association with BP as Deputy Chairman of TNK-BP from July 2004 until October 2006. In 1994 Sir Richard joined BAE Systems, one of the world's largest defence contractors, and served as Chairman between 2004 and 2014, transforming the fortunes of the company. He was awarded the prestigious Non-Executive Director (NED) of the Year Award at the 6th annual NED Awards sponsored by The Sunday Times in March 2012 and knighted in 2013.

Sir Richard is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. He holds honorary doctorates in Science from City, University of London and Cranfield University and he is also a Fellow of the City & Guilds London Institute.

Event Timings

6:00pm - Registration
6:30pm - Lecture and Q&A
7:30pm - Reception
8:30pm - Close

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6.00pm - 8.30pmWednesday 29th March 2017

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

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