17
May
2010

Life in the Motor Industry - Richard Parry-Jones

Richard Parry-Jones is an automotive engineering leader who worked for the Ford Motor Company for 38 years.

Richard spent nearly ten years as group Vice President in charge of Research and Development for Ford and its subsiduary companies worldwide, leading a staff of 30,000 Product Development professionals in 15 countries. He was also the company's Chief Technical Officer up until his retirement in 2007. He now consults a range of blue-chip clients and is involved in a number of engineering and education related projects in the UK and beyond.

This lecture covers his career from designing the brakes on the Ford Capri right up until his ventures into motorsport, including working on the Jaguar Formula One team.

10
Dec
2009

Aston Martin and the British Motor Industry - David Richards

David Richards is one of the most familiar names in British motorsport. He has achieved international success as a competitor, team principle and businessman, and leads two of Britain’s most famous automotive companies.

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12
Nov
2009

Learning by Osmosis and from Trucktrain: a Messy Engineering Career - Peter Foyer

Peter Foyer is a Visiting Professor in the Principles of Engineering Design at Coventry University.

In this lecture he talks about his long and varied career in Engineering Consultancy and Education. Including the work he has been doing on the Trucktrain project.

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10
Aug
2009

Designing Health Communications - Dr David Sless

Dr David Sless, CEO of the Communication Research Institute, gives a talk on health information design.

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4
Aug
2009

Pupil Participation in School Design - Design and Ergonomics Applied Research Group

A collaboration between ergonomists and children’s geographers to understand factors which effect the participation of pupils in the Building Schools for the Future Programme.

The two year AHRC funded project was completed in June 2009. The funding was used to support Coventry and Northampton Universities’ observations of the way and extent to which pupils were involved in the early stages of the design of their schools. The activities of 10 diverse schools in rural and urban areas around the two universities were analysed with a view to understanding and locating best practice.

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12
Jun
2009

A Revolution On Wheels: Future Automotive Powertrains - Sir Nick Scheele

Sir Nicholas Scheele is a former Chancellor of the University of Warwick and formerly President and Chief Operating Officer of Ford Motor Company. Prior to being Chief Operating Officer for Ford, Scheele was responsible for European Operations and has also been Chief Executive of Jaguar, then a Ford subsidiary.

Here he discusses the future of automotive powertrains.

11
Jun
2009

Computer Simulation in Vehicle Dynamics - Professor Mike Blundell

Professor Mike Blundell, from Coventry University's Faculty of Engineering and Computing, discusses the 'Role of Computer Simulation in Vehicle Dynamics and Safety' and talks about the projects he has been involved in.

This Lecture is part of the Professorial Lecture Series at Coventry University.You can also watch it on Coventry University TV.

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11
Mar
2009

The ‘H’ Factor: Championing the User - Professor Andrée Woodcock

Andrée Woodcock is Professor of Educational Ergonomics and Design in Coventry University's School of Art and Design. She is currently director of the Design & Ergonomics Applied Research Group (DEarg).

Her work has covered a range of areas related to putting the 'human' back into the design process. This includes working in areas as diverse as Car Design, inclusivity, gender, building design issues and much more.

In this lecture, Professor Woodcock discusses the importance of championing the user.

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25
Feb
2009

Health Design Technology Institute

The Health Design Technology Institute will be the home of a number of initiatives for designing technologies and ways of working to help people manage their healthcare.

This includes designing better products and systems to help the healthcare industry to manage the diverse needs of a number of people with long-term health conditions.

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26
Nov
2008

Dr Alex Moulton - Bugatti Design Lecture

Apologies about the sound, but we simply had to show you this lecture given by Dr Alex Moulton.

Dr. Moulton's professional life has been devoted to the research and development of innovative designs.

He developed The Moulton Bicycle, introduced in 1962, and pioneered small-wheeled, full-suspension thinking which was acknowledged as the most radical change in bicycle design for over 60 years. Over 150,000 were made and they still hold world and national speed records, testimony to their fundamentally advanced design.

He is also responsible for car suspensions from the rubber cone spring on the BMC Mini, to the Hydrolastic Austin 1100 and its successor, the Allegro (in collaboration with Sir Alec Issigonis) and the Hydragas on the Austin Metro, Rover 100 and MGF.

Between them, these systems have been fitted to some 8 million cars.

This lecture covers how his innovations in engineering have gained him a Queens Award, the CBE, 3 honorary doctorates, and have made him an icon for budding engineers. You can also watch it on Coventry University TV