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The 2014 Alumni Weekend - a first for the Department

Saturday, 20th September is a day to remember - for the first time, over 200 alumni and non-alumni enjoyed a series of scintillating events staged by the Department of Engineering Science.

Thoughts on the day from those who were here…

Alumni weekend 2014“I thought it was very worthwhile to hear Professor Tarassenko’s vision for 2020, and his insights help to make me feel re-connected with the Department, and to understand the Department’s future. It was great to hear about the spin-out companies, and how teaching has changed and evolved to meet the requirements of modern engineers. I was pleased to learn how Oxford’s Engineering Department was moving strategically in order to remain one of the best departments in the world”.
Alumna, Balliol College (1995-1999)

“The two lectures were both interesting and informative and delivered in completely different styles, which is fun to see. There was a real buzz with the Q&A and the discussions afterwards. It’s good to see the department expanding and having successfully spun out various companies along the way. I think the desire to stay as a single engineering department is very important. From what I’ve seen in industry, innovation happens more often at the boundaries, when there’s cross-over between engineering domains.  The general Engineering Science approach is what attracted me to Oxford in the first place. I still think it’s exactly the right approach”.
Alumnus, Queen's College (1982-1985)

“The Jenkin lecture was fascinating – it made me want to drop everything and join the research team.  Cutting edge research that could have a huge impact on the world, explained with energy and wit.  A fascinating insight into the work of the Department - I look forward to next year!” 
Friend of the Department

“It was a fabulous opportunity to be invited back and keep up ties with the Department and what it’s doing.  There’s a vibrant feeling around Oxford, so it’s great for finding friends and people we haven’t seen for ages”.
Non-Alumni

The Day

In the morning a group of Engineering alumni and their families were the first visitors to the new Weston Library (formerly the New Bodleian). They viewed Marconi’s rare books and manuscripts from the Library’s special collections and were given a tour of the newly refurbished building, which officially opens in March 2015. The Marconi Archives document the pioneering work of Guglielmo Marconi in wireless telegraphy. Items viewed included records of wireless communications during the Titanic disaster in 1912; maps showing the tracking of German ships and zeppelins during World War 1; and papers relating to the construction of Frank Whittle’s prototype jet engine.

In the afternoon the Department staged two highly entertaining and informative lectures. Professor Lionel Tarassenko, the new Head of the Department of Engineering Science, unveiled “The 2020 Vision for Engineering Science in Oxford” and Professor Paul Newman, BP Professor of Information Engineering and Head of the Oxford Mobile Robotics Group, delivered the Jenkin Lecture, titled: “The Oxford RobotCar”, which gave a fascinating insight into how we will eventually have cars that can drive themselves. Guests also had the opportunity to see the Oxford RobotCar, a range of working robots and meet the Mobile Robotics Group research team.

The Jenkin Lecture

SOUE Committee
Pictured here are members of the SOUE Committee.
Named after the first Oxford Professor of Engineering Science (1908-1929) Charles Frewen Jenkin FRS, the annual Jenkin Lecture was established by the Society of Oxford University Engineers (SOUE). Formed in 1988, SOUE enables alumni and Faculty members to keep in touch: www.soue.org.uk. President of SOUE, Martyn Hurst, said: “The SOUE also runs a LinkedIn group - it’s a great way to get in contact with other engineers and members of the Faculty”.

“A picture is worth a thousand words"

As "a picture is worth a thousand words", here is the Engineering Science alumni day recorded on camera...

Special visit to the new Weston Library (including rare views from the top)

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Learning about mobile robotics and seeing the Oxford RobotCar

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Meeting old friends and making new ones over a glass of wine

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Our thanks to members of the SOUE, students and staff who helped to make this such a special and memorable day, and to all alumni and non-alumni who attended.