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Maintaining professionalism in a large company - Case study: Rolls Royce

21 February 2014 (18:30-19:30)

The Department of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering is pleased to invite you to attend former Chief Designer of Rolls-Royce PLC, Professor Geoff Kirk's talk.

About the talk

In addition to discussing how to maintain professionalism in a large company based on his experience at Rolls Royce, Professor Kirk will tell us about his wide-ranging career, as well as routes to professions, qualifications versus experience, and continuing professional development.

Speaker biography

Geoff Kirk RDI, FREng, FIMechE, FRAeS, FIED, FRSA, Consultant and Royal Academy Visiting Professor.

Geoff Kirk completed a student apprenticeship with Hawker Siddeley Brush Electrical Engineering Company. He joined Rolls-Royce as a designer in 1968. In 1971 he completed a postgraduate course in Engineering Design and awarded Associateship of Loughborough University. He then worked for Rolls-Royce and Associates as a designer working on Nuclear Steam Raising Plant before re-joining the Aeroengine Division in 1974.

His achievements in Rolls-Royce include: leading the project design teams on the RB211-535E4, V2500 and the conceptual design of the Trent family of engines, the Trent 500, 600, 900 and Trentn1000. He made major contributions to the design of RB211-524, Trent 700, and Trent 800, BR710 and BR715.

In 1994 he was appointed Chief Design Engineer for Rolls-Royce Airline Business and to the position as Chief Design Engineer - Civil Aerospace in 2001 with responsibility for the engine design process and the design of future products. This gave focus to the research and technology activity that was then incorporated future engine designs. He made a contribution to the development of designers throughout the company by being responsible for the design professionalism.

He retired from full time Rolls-Royce at the end of February 2007 but remains a consultant. He is a Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor at the University of Nottingham. He is the Past President of the Institution of Engineering Designers and was a member of the UK Design Council 2004-10.

In November 2001 his work in the field of design was recognised by his appointment to the RSA's Faculty of Royal Designers for Industry and election as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He was awarded the British Bronze Medal for his contribution to large Civil Engine Design in 1998 by the Royal Aeronautical Society and the Gerald Frewer Memorial Trophy in 2002 and the Founders Prize in 2012 by the Institution of Engineering Designers.

In 2002 he was awarded the Prince Philip Designers Prize in recognition of a lifetime of outstanding achievement in the field of aero-engine design.

In 2005 he was elected a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, made an Honorary Fellow of Queen Mary, University of London.

In 2006 he was the winner of the Sir Misha Black medal for services to Design Education 2006 and led the Advanced Propulsion Systems Design Team that was awarded the Royal Aeronautical Society’s Team Silver medal.