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A series of ground breaking lectures will attract the cream of engineering to Glyndŵr University.

The Wrexham institution’s Research Centre for Materials, Engineering and Manufacturing will host six free seminars from Wednesday October 16.

The first will see Dr Raj Nangia, from New York-based Nangia Aero Research Associates, present a talk entitled Way Forward to Step Jumps for Highly Efficient and Greener Civil Aviation from 6.30pm at the Nick Whitehead Lecture Theatre.

Professor Gordon J Tiddy from the School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science, University of Manchester, talks about Formulation of Nanomaterials: From Fundamental Principles to Product Opportunities on October 13, before a lecture on geotechnical challenges on the A5 trunk road in North Wales, by Sergio Solera (pictured above), an associate at engineering specialists Arup Geotechnics, on November 6.

The following events will feature Professor Dr J M Blackledge from the Dublin Institute of Technology, discussing Energy: Long and Short Term Predictive Analysis – Oil and Gas; Glyndŵr’s Dr A Asanlou speaking about Holography on December 2, and a seminar on Novel interfacial structures based on proteins and polysaccharides for stabilisation of food colloids by Professor Brent S Murray from the University of Leeds’ School of Food Science and Nutrition on December 12.

The series is supported by the Royal Aeronautical Society, the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

Organiser Alison McMillan, Professor in Aerospace Technology at Glyndŵr University, said: “I'm really pleased to be co-ordinating this series of evening lectures, which celebrate a range of engineering, manufacturing, science and technology themes.

“We (the Research Centre for Materials, Engineering and Manufacturing at Glyndwr) are collaborating with the local branches of many of the science and engineering professional institutions, to put on a range of evening lectures in Wrexham, which will be open to the public.
 
“We're hoping that this will help to inspire young people in the region to consider careers in science, engineering, manufacturing or technology.”

She added: “This term's programme is supported by the Royal Aeronautical Society, the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Institution of Engineering and Technology.  

“Future talks will be supported by the Institute of Physics, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the Energy Institute and others."

Glyndŵr’s engineering department has enjoyed a stellar 2013. As well as investing £350,000 into new technology on the Wrexham campus – including an £80,000 Hurco 5-axis CNC mill - the department’s most recent cohort achieved a staggering 24 first class degrees.

The average figure for students gaining a First on an aeronautical and mechanical engineering degree in the UK is roughly 10%; at Glyndŵr University the figure was nearer 35%, which reinforced its degree accreditation by IMechE, IET, RAeS and the Energy Institute in May.

Professor Peter Excell, Dean of Arts, Science and Technology, said the University’s prestigious engineering curriculum and the equipment – including a Merlin Flight Simulator and supersonic wind tunnel – has helped attract the best of overseas engineering to North East Wales.

Its close ties and reputation with industry giants Airbus, Toyota, United Utilities, UPM Paper, Tata and others had also played a major role, he added.

For more information on the seminars, visit the website: http://bit.ly/GOLJkH or email Professor Alison McMillan at a.mcmillan@glyndwr.ac.uk. Alternatively, call 01978 294418.

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