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In Memoriam: Jim Wallbank

Dr Jim Wallbank, Associate Professor at WMG sadly passed away on 28 April 2012.

Jim was one of the very early appointments to WMG, starting as a Lecturer in Manufacturing Systems in October 1981. His activities in the early years focused around teaching on manufacturing, both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, as well as a range of research/teaching company activities in metal cutting, casting technology and manufacturing systems. He took the lead in establishing the precision casting facility in the department.

He was seconded to Austin Rover in 1986 for a year, acting as their Advanced Technology Training Manager, and this experience led to Jim being an enthusiastic user/developer of IT systems (which was often a challenge, given the early stage of the technology in those days). Over the years Jim took on major moderation/assessment duties, with regular trips to WMG’s overseas teaching centres. In recent years he led WMG’s undergraduate programmes and he was a highly respected and popular teacher. Jim will be sadly missed by his friends and colleagues in WMG and around the University.