Higher Education’s Contribution to Aeronautics

Added on 03 February 2010 by Royal Aeronautical Society

Aeronautics and aviation rely heavily upon science and technology for their success. The complexity and level of the intellectual challenges that are put down has meant that, from the very beginning, academics have made many important contributions and academia has provided bespoke, high quality training for those people who wish to work in the associated industries.

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The Lecture will cover the relationship between aeronautics and higher education over the past two centuries. It will identify the important contributions made by academics and it will examine the evolution of the complex relationship between industry and academia.

Particular consideration will be given to the current situation and to possible future developments as the nature of the industry changes in response to the new challenges that are facing society.

2009 Handley Page Lecture

Recorded: Tuesday 23 June 2009

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About the speaker:

Professor Ian Poll

OBE, Professor of Aerospace Engineering, Cranfield University

Ian Poll is Professor of Aerospace Engineering at Cranfield University and Business Development Director of Cranfield Aerospace Limited. A graduate of Imperial College, he has 30 years experience in aerospace and aviation, gained in both the academic and commercial domains. His career began at Hawker Siddeley Aviation before moving to the College of Aeronautics. He was appointed Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Manchester in 1985, later becoming Head of the Department of Engineering. In 1995, he returned to Cranfield as Head of the College of Aeronautics. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, The City & Guilds Institute of London, the American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics and the Royal Aeronautical Society. He is also a Past President of RAeS.

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