The Aston Inaugurals celebrate and showcase the research expertise of the University’s newly appointed professors across a diverse range of topics throughout the academic year 2012/13.
The third lecture in the series will be given by Alison Hodge MBE, Professor of Engineering Leadership and Associate Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science on Tuesday 12th March 2013.
From submarines to satellites… and everything in-between
My early research career focused on developing high-performance specialist microelectronic devices, now in everyday use in computers, phones, cameras and so on. Working in a Government lab at the time, we always had to have an application in view - and ideas about how our developments would help (or perhaps hinder!) the operation of the complete systems in which they were to be used - from submarines to satellites and everything in between, almost literally!
But research itself became a small part of my work. Our lab became part of “QinetiQ” – a multinational defence technology company and we learnt to earn our income from customers and manage their projects. I led large departments - from apprentices to world-leading scientists and engineers – employing a wide range of “clean-room” labs, major facilities and operational and training systems, in collaboration with academia, institutes and companies from around the world.
My career in science and engineering has been serious yet fun, varied yet focused, challenging yet exciting.
Had I planned to become an Associate Dean in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Aston University?
There was thought and some decisions made, but I could never have predicted the path of my career; and we can’t re-run this experiment!
Professor Alison Hodge research interests focus on the development of engineering leadership with employers of engineers and users of science and engineering knowledge.
All of the Aston Inaugurals will start at 6.00pm and will be held in the Sumpner Lecture Theatre located in the Main Building on Aston University campus which is just a short walk from the Centre of Birmingham.
The lectures are open to the general public and are a great opportunity to find out more about the innovative, ground breaking research taking place at Aston.
There is no entry charge. Complimentary tea and coffee will be served from 5.30pm and a buffet will follow the lecture.
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