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WMG Research Seminar March 2011

Tuesday March 8th 2011, 16.00 – 17.00

Location: Auditorium, International Manufacturing Centre

Keynote: Professor P C Ruffles CBE, FRS, FREng

Title: Reflections on 50 Years in R&D

Professor Ruffles will illustrate how product development has changed over the last 50 years by drawing on his involvement in developing the Rolls-Royce RB211 and Trent Engine families, the latter of which enjoys a world leading position in powering wide bodied aircraft. He will identify the keys to this success including the choice of the product concept, the management and use of technology, a world class product development process based on teamwork, computer based design tools and most importantly, the training of world class engineers.

Professor Philip Ruffles was Director of Engineering and Technology and a Main Board Director of Rolls-Royce plc from 1997 to 2001. He is presently a Non Executive Director of Domino Printing Sciences plc and a former Member of the Council for Science and Technology, the Council of the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Council of the Royal Society.
He enjoyed a distinguished career at Rolls-Royce and made a major contribution to the development of many Rolls-Royce engines but notably the RB211 and Trent Engine families. He has received many national and international awards including the prestigious Mac Robert Award and the Prince Philip Medal from the Royal Academy of Engineering for his work on the Trent engine. He was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2001 for his services to the Defence and Aerospace Industries.
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