A fascinating webinar reviewing the biggest engineering stories of 2023.
Watch and engage with our panel of experts as they dissect the big stories of 2023 from an engineering point of view – everything from AI to engineering for net zero and the exciting innovation happening all over the UK and beyond.
Dr Hayaatun Sillem CBE, CEO of the Royal Academy of Engineering
Dr John Lazar CBE FREng, Chair of the Royal Academy of Engineering Enterprise Hub, Co-Founder & General Partner at Enza Capital, Chair of the Raspberry Pi Foundation and Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation judge
Professor Chris Wise FREng, Senior Director, Expedition Engineering Ltd
Hosted by Professor Jim Al-Khalili CBE HonFREng FRS, academic, author and presenter of the BBC Radio 4 programme, The Life Scientific.
Hayaatun is CEO of the Royal Academy of Engineering and Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering Foundation. She co-chairs with the Science Minister the government’s Business Innovation Forum and co-chaired with Sir Lewis Hamilton his Commission on improving Black representation in motorsport. She is a trustee of various charities, member of the government’s Levelling Up Advisory Council and Digital Skills Council and NXD at construction company Laing O’Rourke. She has been named as one of the ‘Inspiring 50’ women in tech in Europe and one of the most influential women in both UK engineering and UK tech. She has a Masters in Biochemistry (MBiochem) from Oxford and a PhD from Cancer Research UK/UCL. She is a Fellow of the IET, Honorary Professor at UCL and Honorary Fellow at The Queen’s College, Oxford. She has received honorary doctorates from UCL, Imperial College London, Newcastle, Brunel, Huddersfield and Southampton, as well as a Science Suffrage Award and the Engineering Professor’s Council President’s Medal. She was a finalist for the Veuve Clicquot Bold Woman Award and was made a CBE for services to International Engineering in 2019. Prior to her current roles, she was Deputy CEO at the Academy and served as Committee Specialist and later Specialist Adviser to the House of Commons Science & Technology Committee.
John Lazar is a software engineer and business leader focused on technology and entrepreneurship to generate positive impact. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, serving as Chair of the Enterprise Committee, and a Fellow of BCS, the UK’s chartered institute for IT. He was awarded a CBE in 2016. He is the Co-founder and General Partner of Enza Capital and the Chair for Raspberry Pi Foundation.
Jim Al-Khalili is an academic, author and broadcaster. He holds a Distinguished Chair in Theoretical Physics at the University of Surrey where he conducts research in quantum physics. He has written 15 books on popular science, between them translated into over 26 languages. He is a regular presenter of TV science documentaries and the long-running BBC Radio 4 programme, The Life Scientific.
Chris co-founded Expedition in 1999 and the Useful Simple Trust in 2008. Prior to this, he worked for Ove Arup and Partners from 1979. Serving in the UK, Australia and USA, he became Arup’s youngest Director in 1992, later appointed one of five Board Directors responsible for Building Engineering. He has a reputation for hands-on creativity and innovative engineering projects, both as design lead, and in collaboration with some of the world’s leading architects. He has also been a long-time innovator in the field of engineering design education, including founding the Constructionarium while the first Professor of Creative Design at Imperial College. In 2012, Chris was honoured with two Gold medals, receiving the highest individual award from both the UK’s primary professional engineering institutions, IStructE and ICE, in recognition of his design and educational contribution to engineering in the design community and society.
Date: 04 December 2023
Time: 6.00pm - 7.15pm