Excellence in Engineering Education: The European Experience

Professor D A Nethercot, Emeritus Professor of Civil Engineering, Imperial College London

Co-presented with the Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering

[b||9 October]]

What are the characteristics of an excellent Engineering education? Should Industry expect to recruit graduates trained to be immediately productive or is education preparation for a future that has yet to be defined? Are these two concepts incompatible? How should intellectual rigour be balanced against creativity and design flair? Drawing on experience of teaching, accreditation and reviewing, David Nethercot will use experience drawn from recent projects organised by the Royal Academy of Engineering and developments within the Engineering Faculty at Imperial College London to present and discuss current European views on exactly how excellence in Engineering education might be provided.

Professor David Nethercot

Professor David A Nethercot, OBE, BSc, PhD, DSc, FREng, FIStructE, FICE, FCGI, is former Head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Imperial College and former Deputy Principal (Teaching) of the Engineering Faculty. He has more than thirty years experience of research, specialised advisory work and committee activity in the area of steel, aluminium and composite construction. A particular interest has been the influence of connection behaviour on the overall performance of frame structures, where he has been responsible for major programmes of combined experimental and numerical work that underpin design treatments in British, European and other national standards, as well as industry design guides such as those produced by the SCI.

Current research interests include progressive collapse of structures and light gauge and stainless steel construction. The author of some four hundred technical papers, he has supervised more than forty externally funded research projects - several of them on an international basis - and has spoken - often as a keynote presenter - in more than fifty countries worldwide. He was for more than 10 years chairman of the BSI Committee responsible for BS5950 and for UK input into EC3, is a past chairman of IABSE's technical committee responsible for oversight of all the Association's technical activities and a past Deputy Chairman of the Council of the Steel Construction Institute. Ten of his papers have won Institution prize. He was awarded a DSc degree in 1993 and elected to the Royal Academy of Engineering in that same year. He is Past President of the IStructE and a former Council Member of the Royal Academy of Engineering. In 2006 he was awarded an OBE for services to Structural Engineering, was the 2008 recipient of the Charles Massonnet prize from the European Convention for Structural Steelwork and received a Gold Medal from the Institution of Structural Engineers in 2009.