Session Recordings

Pioneers: Engineering the Next Decade

Saturday 31st July: Aero/Civil/Bio/Mechanical

Sunday 1st August: Aero/Chemical/Electrical/Computing

Saturday 31st July

Chance Favours the Prepared Mind - Col. Douglas Wheelock

Talk Overview:

The mysteries of time and space are a playground for the curious mind. NASA is on a relentless pursuit of discovery; to harness the audacity of human imagination; to fuel revolutionary innovation in Science and Engineering; and to redefine what is possible. In this session, Col. Doug Wheelock will recount his own journey to becoming an astronaut and delve into the exciting future of space exploration that is already being set in motion

Col. Douglas Wheelock

Doug Wheelock is an accomplished aviator and veteran test pilot, selected as an Astronaut by NASA in 1998. The retired Colonel has accumulated more than 178 days in space, and has flown aboard the Space Shuttle, the International Space Station (ISS), and the Russian Soyuz spacecraft. He has conducted 6 spacewalks, 4 of which were in response to emergencies – to repair a damaged solar array and to replace a faulty ammonia pump module. Wheelock flew on STS-120 in 2007, and in 2010, served as a Flight Engineer for ISS Expedition 24 and Commander of ISS Expedition 25. He is currently Chairing the Joint Test Panel for the Lunar Lander project, part of the Artemis Program – NASA’s return to the moon.

Colonel Wheelock holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Science and Engineering from West Point, and a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech. He is a veteran of 3 combat tours in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.


Is the sky the limit? - Bill Baker

Talk Overview:

Bill Baker will examine how design and methods of construction have changed over the past 20 years with a view to explore how these might develop over the next decade, contextualised with examples from his vast wealth of experience, from designing the Burj Khalifa (world’s tallest building), including its innovative buttressed core, to NATO’s headquarters, to name but a few. He will explore the role of megastructures in the society of the future and the ways in which the industry is evolving to fulfil the world’s structural needs.

Bill Baker

Bill Baker is a structural engineering partner at SOM where he has led the structural engineering practice for over 20 years. While widely regarded for his work on supertall buildings, Bill’s expertise also extends to long-span roof structures and specialty structures such as the Broadgate Exchange House in London and the Entrance Pavilion for General Motors’ Headquarters in Detroit.


He is an Honorary Professor at the University of Cambridge and the Illinois Institute of Technology, and has received numerous awards including the Gold Medal from the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE), and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Outstanding Projects and Leaders Lifetime Award for Design.

Globally Responsible Engineering in a Climate Crisis - Emma Crichton, Mike Cook + Hélène Chartier

Talk Overview:

For centuries, engineering has driven prosperity and improved health and longevity for many, but its benefits have failed to reach all of humanity. Now we can see that our carbon-fuelled prosperity is having a severe impact on the planet and we are failing to serve our future needs equitably.


Engineers across the world are declaring Climate Emergency and taking action to ensure their engineering will benefit future generations and take care of the planet. How does this affect you?


We will be talking about what is driving these changes, how economies are responding and how engineers can lead the way towards this new type of prosperity – becoming Globally Responsible Engineers.


Emma Crichton

Emma is a chartered civil engineer with six years experience in the Water industry in Scotland. Emma has worked on a variety of projects and has consistently believed in the importance of collaboration, impactful partnerships and the role engineering has to play in bettering our society. As Head of Engineering at Engineers Without Borders UK she is responsible for driving forward their mission; leading their work to embed globally responsible engineering into curriculum and throughout day to day practice.

Dr Mike Cook

Michael was a Partner of Buro Happold from 1994 to 2020 and the Chairman from 2011 to 2017. Having retired from the partnership in 2020 he is now employed as a consultant. He is also Professor of Creative Design in the Department of Civil Engineering at Imperial College, London. He is well known for his contribution to designing innovative and award-winning buildings around the world. In 2019 he initiated the Engineers’ Declaration of Climate Emergency in the UK and he leads the Institution of Structural Engineer’s Climate Emergency Task Group which is setting out the skills required by future generations of engineers. In recognition of his contribution to sustainable engineering design over the past 20 years, he was awarded the IABSE Milne Medal in 2009, Fellowship of the Academy of Engineering in 2010, an honorary Doctorate of Engineering from the University of Bath in 2017 and the Gold Medal of the Institution of Structural Engineers in 2020.

Hélène Chartier

Hélène Chartier is Head of Zero Carbon Development at C40, the network of global mega-cities committed to the fight against climate change. The team she leads develops programs and activities bringing together cities and progressive players in the built environment industry in order to accelerate the decarbonization of buildings and urban regeneration projects. Her team leads the Reinventing Cities and Students Reinventing Cities competitions, manages the Zero Carbon District Forum as well as the C40 workstream on the 15-minute City. In the past, Hélène was advisor to the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, she also worked for the Paris urbanism agency and the global consulting firm, Arup.

Redefining Start-up Success - Ellen Su

Talk Overview:

Ellen will share a front row view of launching a startup, raising funding, being acquired, and scaling up at a new startup. Learn about some of the unique challenges in building healthcare startups, as well as what lessons learned in college were useful (and which ones weren’t). Gain perspective on startup teams, healthcare and digital health, manufacturing, founding vs joining a startup, and more. At the end, you’ll have an opportunity to ask questions and learn more.


Ellen Su

Ellen is the Chief Product Officer at Wellinks, a digital health company focusing on improving care for patients with chronic respiratory conditions. She sits between hardware, software, and service design teams, and focuses on translating high level business strategy into user-first product design and development. She previously founded a medical device startup where she raised funding, directed product, led design, and eventually managed the acquisition of her company by Wellinks. Ellen graduated from Yale in 2013 with a B.A. in Fine Arts, and combined arts, engineering, and design in her time there.

OxVent - Innovation and Social Venture - Prof. Mark Thompson

Talk Overview:

In March 2020, in response to the UK Government’s Ventilator Challenge, students, academic engineers and medics at Oxford and King’s College London built a completely new, safe, simple and scalable ventilator from scratch in a week. This is the story of innovation, of the amazing team and of our journey from intense round-the-clock work in the first wave through to OxVent, the social venture today with an innovative business model strengthening healthcare resilience in Low Middle Income Countries.

Professor Mark Thompson

Mark Thompson is an Associate Professor in Engineering Science at the University of Oxford and a Founding Director of OxVent Limited. OxVent is a social venture spinout from the University of Oxford and King’s College London with the object of making low-cost ventilator technology available in Low Middle Income Countries. The OxVent rapidly deployable and scalable low-cost mechanical ventilator has been recognised as one of the best innovations of 2020 by the Institute of Engineering and Technology with the prize for the ‘Small Idea, Big Impact: Global Challenge' category of the E&T Innovation Awards. OxVent was also Joint Winner of the Healthcare and Medical – Covid response category in The Engineer Magazine’s 2020 Collaborate to Innovate awards.


Mark leads the Oxford Mechanobiology research group in the Botnar Research Centre, Oxford. Their research concerns the application of mechanical analysis to clinically significant problems of soft tissue function and physiology. Current work aims to support the development of new therapies to improve outcomes after trauma using deep mechanobiological understanding of tissue and microvessel damage.

Sunday 1st August

Engineering a Sustainable Future from Space - Alvaro Pons Pelufo

Talk Overview:

The talk will revolve around the idea of resolving some of the challenges that our world faces as global population grows, sustainability becomes a greater concern in our practices, and our society seeks to be more connected and global than ever.


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Alvaro Pons Pelufo

Alvaro graduated from Imperial College London with a MEng in Aeronautical Engineering in 2018. Since graduation he joined OneWeb, a global communications network powered by a constellation of 650 Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites and a global ground network, in the pursuit of enabling affordable, high-speed, low latency connectivity for governments, businesses, and communities everywhere around the world. Alvaro currently works as a Senior System Modelling Engineer at OneWeb’s Advance Architecture and Modelling group. As part of his role, he assesses the performance of the whole OneWeb system architecture and designs new concepts of operations to improve it. Alvaro has also previously worked as a Satellite Operations Engineer, looking after the satellite fleet in orbit, and a Payload Procurement Engineer, working with OneWeb’s satellite payload manufacturers.

How Not To Build a Gigantic Laboratory Process - Professor Jason Hallet

Talk Overview:

In this talk we will explore the successes and challenges arising from translating laboratory processes into large-scale commercial practice. Several examples from the sustainability space will be discussed, mostly around the circular biorefinery company Lixea, with “cameo” appearances from the 6 different academic startups in sustainability from Prof Hallett’s lab, and what challenges each one faced and how they are overcoming them.


Professor Jason Hallett

Professor Jason Hallett is the founder of Lixea. Lixea is working towards a more sustainable future by developing an innovative biomass fractionation process using low-cost ionic liquids. Their first product is the Dendronic process that uses waste wood and agricultural by-products as well as sustainably grown biomass to produce a greener alternative to today’s petrochemical industry while providing unwanted waste materials with a new purpose. Professor Hallett has authored over 90 articles and holds 4 patents, and he currently serves as a core member of the Supergen Bioenergy Hub and the Future Vaccines Manufacturing Research Hub.


Engineers solving global environmental problems - Dale Rautenbach

Talk Overview:

Dale will share her personal journey from graduating from MIT in Aeronautics and Astronautics to becoming a director in a plastic recycling start-up. She will talk about global warming & plastic pollution and how engineering knowledge can be used to solve these environmental issues. Dale is an example that your engineering degree does not have to dictate your career path and innovative technology companies are in need, now more than ever, of young engineering talent. She will close her talk with a few examples of emerging technological fields to explore for an environment-focused career.

Dale Rautenbach

Dale is Manufacturing Director at Recycling Technologies. She has an MS in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT and a BEng in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pretoria.


Dale has been heavily involved with optimising the productivity of RT’s core technology. She has experience in system design, plant integration, and commissioning. Her experience in the technical areas of the business at RT bring a high level of cross-functionality to manufacturing.


Dale says: "I will always give 200% when I do something and it’s hard to keep the energy alive when it’s not aligned with what I value. I love engineering, solving problems and I love the environment – it’s my happy place and I feel I have a duty to preserve it."

Sustainable Energy Storage and Conversion Technologies: What’s next? - Professor Magda Titirici

Talk Overview:

Professor Titirici will give an overview of future technologies for net zero transition and discuss their challenges and opportunities.


Professor Magda Titirici

Professor Magda Titirici leads the Titirici Group in researching the usage of environmentally friendly precursors and processes to obtain carbon-based materials for applications in renewable energy technologies. Professor Titirici has received the Rosenhein Medal from IoM3, an Honorary PhD from University of Stockholm in 2017, the Chinese Academy of Science President Fellowship, the Royal Society of Chemistry Corday-Morgen prize in 2018 and a Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in Emerging Technologies fellowship in 2019. She has been included in the Global Highly Cited Researchers (Clarivate Analytics) over the past four years and holds 7 patents.


Is Engineering Dead? Where the industry is going in 10, 25, and 100 years time - Pari Singh

Talk Overview:

The Engineering Company is reinventing the way we develop complex hardware. Unlike software, industrial hardware is still designed at the lowest level, taking years and millions to develop. We are building the software abstraction layer that will one day power all industrial design and development.

Designing robots, wind turbines, rockets... is expensive, slow, repetitive and can only be done by experts. Our technology massively accelerates design and lowers economic and technical barriers to entry, making inconceivable technologies possible.

Pari Singh

Pari Singh graduated from Imperial College with a Master’s in Mechanical Engineering in 2016. During his thesis, he worked on abstracting the engineering design process of designing rockets in order to massively increase design speed and quality. Since then, TEC’s technology has exponentially developed thanks to the team of talented engineers from companies such as Facebook, Google, McLaren and Qinetiq. TEC has solved fundamental research problems, built the groundbreaking technology and demonstrated it in the Automotive, Energy and the Space industries. Today, TEC is the most advanced computational design engineering company in the world and it is backed by world-leading investors, including two royal families, the Chairman of UBS and C-level execs at Microsoft, SAP and EF. Due to these great achievements, Pari was recognised on this year’s Forbes 30 Under 30 list.

Powering the Future of Innovation: AI and Early Career Talent - Lorraine Bardeen

Talk Overview:

Lorraine’s session will describe Microsoft's mission and AI at the core of innovation. She will walk through examples of AI as it impacts sustainability, healthcare, and accessibility. Lorraine is a strong advocate for early-career talent and she is very interested in hearing what questions you might have about Microsoft, technology areas, etc., and looks forward to answering these questions in her presentation.

Lorraine Bardeen

Lorraine is VP & Industry Solutions Chief Technology Officer at Microsoft. Her team partners with Enterprise customers to deliver transformative cloud solutions that enable customers to reach their digital aspirations, and also provide Microsoft engineering teams with customer insights for Microsoft's industry-focused platforms, or “industry clouds.” Lorraine has a passion for building diverse teams of people and skillsets.


In her current role, her customer-led teams bring together technical innovation with creative process to think globally and make a real difference for people and organizations. She believes that leaders and teams deliver more outsized results, even in a complex, rapidly changing world, when they work within an atmosphere of warmth, authenticity, and connection. She has developed a “culture with heart,” where team members are courageous and do their best work. 


Lorraine has led engineering and design teams focused on consumer, gaming, and enterprise software. She’s helped craft and launch new technology categories such as mixed reality (HoloLens) and edge AI. She also has extensive experience in distribution and channel strategy, and business and organizational strategy.