A lifetime spent in an ancient profession

Date:
Thursday 30 August 2012

Time:
6.30pm start, refreshments will be served from 6.00pm.

Venue:
SW101, School of Computing, Cornwallis South, University of Kent, Canterbury CT2 7NF

Synopsis:

This talk is a joint event between the IET and BCS Kent networks.

A light hearted commentary on the engineering profession but with some serious and important points. The way engineers have been viewed by the public they served, both past and present, and the cultural aspects of technical education are discussed. A historical dimension runs through the presentation with examples intended to illuminate the points discussed selected from ancient Egypt, through the Renaissance to our own era.

Speaker:

Jack Bridge. BA. ARTCs CEng FIEE MAE

Jack completed his apprenticeship and early career with the manufacturing industry in Manchester. His professional career has been with UK Atomic Energy Authority and the Central Electricity Generating board (CEGB). The last twenty five years have been spent self employed as an independent consulting engineer mainly on forensic work.

He has had a long and rewarding involvement with the Institution of Electrical Engineers (now the IET) participating as a member of it's Science and Technology Board. He is particularly interested in the History of Technology, an area of intellectual activity which is underrated by the engineering profession.

A lifetime of involvement in technical education has seen Jack serve as Chairman of the Institution of Electrical Engineers committee on Education and Training, as an Industrial Adviser on Electrical Engineering to City and Guilds of London and also on the Board for Engineering of the BTEC qualification.

Jack has a cultural interest in classical theatre, music and opera but his principal life long interest has always been drinking beer in convivial company.