Founders Day 2019 - Year of Engineering

Wow! What a day! This Year’s Founders Day, held on Friday 10th May, was fantastic. We had over 40 personnel come in and lead experiments, workshops and talks on the theme of Engineering. The day was fun packed with activities that involved the students making LED torches from scratch (Institute of Engineering and Technology), solving a Water Network challenge (Thames Water), and insights into Artificial Intelligence, Visual Effects and Robots (University College University of London, and Imperial College).

The day ran smoothly like a well-oiled engine, with the addition of Keynote Speakers for both KS3 and KS4.

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Dr Jess Wade KS3 Speaker, from Imperial College

Dr Jess Wade is a British physicist in the Blackett Laboratory at Imperial College London. Her research investigates polymer-based light emitting diodes (LEDs). Jess was mentioned in the Guardian this week for writing 270 Wikipedia pages in a year to get female scientists noticed. You can read more here:

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Professor Russell Cowburn, KS4 Speaker from University of Cambridge

Professor Russel Cowburn has research interests in nanotechnology and its application to magnetism, electronics and optics. Before returning to Cambridge in 2010 he held positions at the CNRS Paris, University of Durham and Imperial College London. He is the founder of three start-up companies and the inventor of the anti-counterfeiting technology ‘Laser Surface Authentication’. He has had over 60 patents granted and is a frequent invited speaker at international conferences. He is the winner of the 2003 GSK Westminster Medal and Prize, the 2006 Degussa Science to Business Award, the 2007 Hermes International Technology Award, the 2008 Institute of Physics Paterson Medal and Prize and the 2016 Royal Society Paterson Medal. He was one of the 2015 IEEE Magnetics Society Distinguished Lecturers. He has held two ERC grants - an Advanced Investigator Grant and a Proof of Concept award. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society.

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Here is a line up of the rest of our Wonderful speakers and workshop/experiment leads:

Thank you to all our guests, Mr Miall for putting everything together, and thank you to all staff for helping out this day, and making it a wonderful success!!

Ms Kapila
Leader of the Elite Scientists

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