ERA Foundation’s 16th annual Luncheon and Lecture

The ERA Foundation’s 16th annual Luncheon and Lecture was held at the Royal Society on the 2nd of May.

Over a hundred guests attended the lunch. Dr Paul Golby, chairman of the National Air Traffic Service and chairman of Costain Group, delivered this year’s lecture on ‘Smart Infrastructure’. Speaking about the opportunities smarter infrastructure offers everything from complex manufacturing operations to national infrastructure projects.

During the lunch, the ERA Foundation awarded the fourth annual Clark Prize prize and Fellowship to Haydn Hutchings (below center), Head of Design & Technology at Merchant Taylors’ School Northwood.

James Jenner (right) from Northgate High School Ipswich and Andrew Millicheap (left) Deputy Head Teacher and Head of Sixth Form at Droitwich Spa High & Sixth Form College were runners-up.

The foundation awarded Haydn this year’s Clarks prize to recognise him as an outstanding practitioner and a real ambassador for Engineering at Merchant Taylors’ School.

Haydn has developed a consistently high number of Arkwright Engineering Scholars and number of Design & Technology students who go on to study engineering at university. We were also very impressed with the links he has formed with other schools who are encouraged to come to Merchant Taylors’ to use their outstanding facilities.

In addition, the ERA awarded three other fellowships

Royal Society ERA Foundation Short Industry Fellowship – to Dr Christopher Donaghy-Spargo of the University of Durham for his work on the use of ‘rare earth metal’ based permanent magnets for higher power density and efficiency brushless motors.

Dr Donaghy-Spargo’s work has potential benefits for the sustainability of supply of materials and reduction of environmental impact, as well as providing innovative new products for the partner company, Black and Decker.

Royal Commission for Exhibition of 1851 ERA Industrial Fellowship – to Adam McKenzie of the University of Glasgow. The Fellowship will allow him to conduct his PhD research in a collaboration between the University and CST Global Ltd. The basis of this work is the use of metal-organic chemical vapour deposition techniques in the growth of III-V compound semiconductors for applications in photonic devices, silicon photonics, and non-linear optics.