Woman in Control
The University of Leicesterís first
female Professor of Engineering is in Control.
In her Inaugural Lecture entitled Control
Ė Magic or Mirage? on January 14, 2003, Professor Sarah Spurgeon will focus on
what it is like to be a woman in the male dominated world of control
engineering, an area she was driven to work in by a strong desire to apply her
traditional background in mathematics to real world problems.
Professor Spurgeon will chart her own
career from a West Midlands comprehensive school with no culture of females
working in science, through undergraduate and postgraduate study at the
University of York, to her academic career, firstly at Loughborough University
and latterly at the University of Leicester.
She is a rare breed.
In Engineering and Technology women in the UK hold only two and a half
per cent of professorships.
She will reflect on eighteen years in
traditionally male-dominated workplaces, ranging from an aircraft factory on the
banks of the Humber to the West Midlandsí automotive industry.
Her lecture will consider the
contribution control engineering can make to twenty-first century life and the
excitement of solving real-world problems. These
can range from the design of control systems for diesel engines, where emissions
legislation and the requirements of the developing world are a priority, to the
use of control theory to model the inner feedback control signals in the human
body, providing insight into the development of osteoarthritis.
Professor Sarah Spurgeonís Inaugural
Lecture takes place on Tuesday, January 14, 2003 at 5.30pm, in Lecture Theatre
1, Ken Edwards Building, main University Campus, University Road, Leicester.
It is open to the public and free of charge.
TO EDITORS: Further
information is available from Professor Sarah Spurgeon, University of Leicester
Department of Engineering, telephone 0116 252 2531/2559, facsimile 0116 252
2619, email email@example.com
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