At the beginning of the event Earl Mountbatten of Burma’s grandson, Tim Knatchbull, presented a Travel Master Dictaphone that belonged to his grandfather to IET President, Nick Winser. The Dictaphone, which was originally presented to Lord Mountbatten by the Institute of Electronic and Radio Engineers (IERE), a forerunner of the IET, will now feature in the IET’s 100 engineering ideas that changed the world exhibition at Savoy Place.
Following Lord Mountbatten’s death, the Dictaphone resided at United World Colleges International (UWC) where Lord Mountbatten was Chair. United World Colleges is a group of 17 residential international schools making education a force for peace and a sustainable future.
2018 is the centenary of the RAF. The latest IET EngTalk was hosted by Wing Commander Sarah Maskell MBE FCMI | SO1 Diversity & Inclusion, RAF who introduced Insight speaker, Dr Julia Sutcliffe, Head of Engineering - Training Services at BAE Systems – Air. Julia spoke about Industry 4.0 and how technological advances including additive manufacturing are becoming increasingly important.
Air Marshal Julian Young delivered his talk: RAF 2118: Engineering the next 100 years. Often cited as being one of the most technologically advanced forces in the world, Air Marshal Young explored some of the engineering and technical challenges that the RAF has faced over the years and how technology has been adapted to create new innovations. One example he gave was how the design of Concorde helped to develop a new helicopter rotor blade. Air Marshal Young also spoke about the opportunities that VR technology and technologically advanced aircraft such as the F-35 will deliver for the RAF in the next 50 years.
In addition to addressing a packed audience in the Kelvin Lecture Theatre, several Local Networks and companies including BAE and GE Aviation hosted their own IET events and broadcast a live stream of the EngTalk. Online viewers could get involved in the Q&A session by submitting questions to the presenters via social media.
The Mountbatten Memorial EngTalk is now available to view on demand on IET.tv.
There’s not long to wait until our next EngTalk on 17 September 2018. Our next EngTalk will be on Artificial Intelligence and 3D Modelling: when seeing is not believing by Assistant Professor Hao Li, Director of the Vision and Graphics Lab at the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies.