Joint meeting – Aeronautical Society of Mauritius (AeSM) and Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) (2017 )
In January 2017 the Aeronautical Society of Mauritius was honoured for the third consecutive year by a visit from a President of the Royal Aeronautical Society. Professor Chris Atkin and Mrs Siobhan Atkin had come early in the season, but managed to avoid Cyclone Carlos, which appeared over the horizon only a few days after they had left. During his days in our island Professor Chris visited the University of Mauritius, the University of the Mascareignes, the Rajiv Gandhi Science Centre and the air-minded Northfields Secondary School. He paid a courtesy visit to the President of the Republic and also to the Chairman of Air Mauritius, and was given a tour of the MK Technical Department at the SSR International Airport.
The culmination of his highly supportive presence was the Talk that he gave on 25th January at the AeSM/RAeS Joint Meeting, which benefitted from the participation also of the Mauritius Academy of Science and Technology (MAST) and that of the Institution of Engineers Mauritius (IEM).
Prof Atkin spoke from the perspective of the RAeS, which has now been involved in aeronautical developments worldwide for over 150 years.
Download Prof Chris Atkin’s presentation and text here:
About Chris Atkin
Chris Atkin was educated at Stonyhurst College, Lancashire, and St John’s College, Cambridge. He read Engineering as an undergraduate, winning the Royal Aeronautical Society prize in 1986, and then studied for a PhD in transonic aerodynamics. In 1991 Chris joined British Aerospace Commercial Aircraft Ltd at Hatfield to work on boundary layer control. Chris relocated to BAe Woodford a year later, before joining the Defence Research Agency at Farnborough in 1994 where he continued to work on aircraft drag reduction in support of both industry and the Ministry of Defence. Chris was promoted to PSO in 1997 and, following the formation of QinetiQ plc, became a QinetiQ Fellow in 2003, eventually being appointed Technical Manager for Aerodynamics and Aeromechanical Systems. After a spell at QinetiQ Bedford, in 2008 Chris took up the chair in Aeronautical Engineering at City University London and, over the next five years, served first as department head and then Head of School, during which appointment he co-ordinated significant investment in the University’s engineering laboratory and workshop facilities. Returning to a more traditional academic role in 2013, Chris continues to focus his research on aircraft efficiency, with support from UK industry, the Aerospace Technology Institute, the UK Research Councils and the European Union. Chris has been a member of numerous national committees over the years and is presently a member of the Aerospace Growth Partnership Strategy Working Group. Chris attended his first lecture at the RAeS in his early teens and has been a Fellow of the Society since 2002. Chris was first elected to Council in 2010, helped to re-shape the governance of the Society in 2011 and was chair of the Professional Standards Board from 2012-2015. Chris has also served on the Registration Standards Committee of the Engineering Council, contributing to the recent review of UK-SPEC. Chris supports the Bedford branch of the Society.