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Seminar programme

Take a look at the free-to-attend Aero Engineering forum, including topics such as, Aerospace 4.0, Hybrid Propulsion Systems, Additive Manufacturing Applications.

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Wednesday 30 October

09:30 - 10:00

Innovation Case Studies

Design and Build of a Light Aircraft as a Project Based Learning Approach

Dr Louis Mbua Egbe, Lead Engineering Teacher and Head of Engineering, Space Studio West London and Teach Engineering & Technology London

Counterfeit Parts, Conflict Minerals & Product Safety

David Scrimshire, Managing Director, TEC Transnational Limited

Design and Development of a Novel Prototype Aero Engine Actuator

Ryan Vann, Chief Engineer Structures & Analysis, Prodrive


10:00 - 11:00


National Aerospace Technology Exploitation Programme (NATEP)

Harriet Wollerton, NATEP Programme Director, ADS Group Ltd

Digitising C Check Inspections in MRO

Mike Drummond, Commercial Director, Argenta Nova Ltd

Lightweight & Isotropic Aluminium Composite Developments in NATEP Program

Andrew Tarrant, Director, Materion AMC


11:00 - 11:30


Aerospace Structures & Manufacturing a Vision of the Future

Alex Hickson, Head of Technology – Structures, Manufacturing & Materials, ATI


11:30 - 12:00


Digital Supply Chains

Paul Perera, VP Technology, GKN


12:00 - 13:00

Global Urban Air Mobility

MAGMA Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

Clyde Warsop, BAE Systems Global Engineering Fellow, BAE Systems

Urban Air Mobility

Verity Richardson, Senior Brand and Communications Manager, Vertical Aerospace


13:00 - 13:30

Hybrid Air Vehicles

The Future of Zero Carbon Aviation

Andrew Barber, Airworthiness and Flight Test Engineer, Hybrid Air Vehicles

13:30 - 14:00

Midlands Aerospace Alliance session

How Regional Aerospace Alliances Help their Members

Andrew Mair, CEO, MAA


14:00 - 15:00

Additive Manufacturing for Aerospace

Additive Manufacturing in Aerospace & Defence: Facts and Forecastss

Dr Bryony Core, Technology Analyst, IDTechEx,

Enabling Novel Noise Reduction Technologies Using Additive Manufacturing Techniques

Professor John Kennedy and Professor Henry Rice, Head of the School of Engineering and an Elected Fellow, Trinity College Dublin

Next Gen - 3D Printed Composite Tooling

Jonathan Warbrick, Business Development Manager, Graphite Additive Manufacturing Limited


15:00 - 16:05

Space Engineering and Technology Transfer

Keynote: Sarah Cruddas, Space Journalist & Broadcaster

Bringing Space Back Down to Earth

Matthew Edwards, Business Incubation Officer, European Space Agency

Down to Earth: From Sniffing Comets, the Moon and Mars to Avocados, Chickens, Cancer, Submarines, Whisky and more….."

Geraint Morgan, Open University

Space – What does the future hold?

Claire Baker, Segment Manager, Space and Communications EMEA, Toray Advanced Composites Ltd


16:05 - 16:35

Design and Simulation

Advanced Analysis of the Effect of Manufacturing Defects on Performances

Sami Daouk, e-Xstream

Composite Design and Analysis: From Motorsport to Aerospace

Matthew Jeffreys, Divisional Head of Composites, Frewer Engineering

Virtual Composites Development and Testing for Cheaper and Faster Design Cycles

Sami Daouk, e-Xstream


Thursday 31 October


09:30 - 10:00

Get ready for Brexit: Aluminium Federation in Partnership with HM Government

Fiona Hitchiner, Senior Policy Advisor, EU Exit & Trade Policy, Infrastructure and Materials, Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

Tom Jones, CEO, Aluminium Federation


10:00 - 10:30

DRAMA project

Additive Manufacturing for the UK Aerospace Supply Chain

Katy Milne, Chief Engineer, DRAMA, Digital Engineering, Manufacturing Technology Centre

Andrew Mair, CEO, Midlands Aerospace Alliance


10:30 - 11:00

Beyond Conformance Auditing – Adding Real Value to Your Business

Beyond Conformance Auditing – Adding Real Value to Your Business

Gene Morrison, Global Aviation, Space and Defence, Intertek


11:00 - 11:30

ADS Presents

The shifting technology landscape in Aerospace

Sameer Savani, Head of Innovation and Engineering, ADS


11:30 - 12:00


Data-driven disruption across the Aerospace supply chain

Giacomo Gatto, Engagement Manager, McKinsey & Company


12:00 - 13:00

New materials and technology for aerospace

Linear friction welding of continuous carbon fibre reinforced thermoplastic composites

Chris Worrall, Consultant, TWI

Aluminium matrix composite linkages and struts – displacing Titanium landing gear components

Gemma Christian, Technical Director, Alvant

Lightweight metal composites: breaking through into affordability and accessibility

Ayantika Mitra, Business Growth Manager, TISICS Ltd

Design Excellence and Smart Factory from a Metrology Perspective

Mark Summers, Head of Advanced Manufacturing, NPL


13:00 - 14:00

Composites in Aerospace

Strategy for Composites in Aerospace

Hannah Tew, Partnership Lead, AMRC

Spirit Aerosystems Manufacturing Development Roadmap

Graeme Ralph, Principle Manufacturing Research and Development Engineer, Spirit Aerosystems Europe

Delivering Lightning Protection for Aircraft

Matthew Thornton, UK Head of Innovation and Projects, Haydale

Bringing the Advantages of Automotive Composite Materials and Manufacture to the Aerospace Industry

SGL Carbon


14:00 - 15:00

Big Data

Aerospace in the New – The AI and Data Driven Future

Adrian Spragg, Aerospace and Defence Industry Leader, Accenture

Harnessing Big Data with Digital Transformation

Kirsty Walker, Channel Marketing Senior Manager, Business Transformation, UK & Ireland, Dassault & Ronnie Coupland, Aerospace & Defense Director, Business Transformation, UK & Ireland, Dassault

Data – the Challenges and Opportunities

Dr Nandini Chakravorti, Technology Manager, Data and Information Systems, Manufacturing Technology Centre