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BAE Systems to endow City University London Chair in Aeronautical Engineering

The new BAE Systems Sir Richard Olver Chair in Aeronautical Engineering will honour the distinguished City University London alumnus and outgoing company chairman.
by John Stevenson

BAE Systems 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.

City will seek applicants for the Chair, which will support research into ways that emerging technologies can benefit aerospace design.

BAE DinnerThe new Chair will honour Sir Richard's contribution as Chairman of BAE Systems from 2004 to 2014.

In 1970, Sir Richard achieved a First Class Honours Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering at City. He enjoyed a successful career at BP before joining BAE Systems as Chairman in 2004. He is also the recipient of an honorary Doctorate of Science (DSc) from City, awarded in 2004. 

Professor Dinos Arcoumanis, City's Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International & Development) said: "Dick Olver has been an outstanding supporter of City over many years and we have benefitted greatly from that close relationship. I am delighted that this association will continue with the founding of this Chair."

Ian King, BAE Systems plc 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 research 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 has been at the forefront of engineering education from its early beginnings as the Northampton Institute in 1894 and has been a pioneer in aeronautical engineering research and education for over a century. City's aeronautical engineering programmes are accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the aeronautical research group is an active participant in the new UK Aerospace Technology Institute.

Professor of Aeronautical Engineering, Professor Chris Atkin, is delighted with news of the new Chair:

"We are very pleased about the establishment of the BAE Systems Sir Richard Olver Chair in Aeronautical Engineering. It will give greater visibility to City's well established education and research in aeronautical engineering."

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