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St Paul's Engineering Network 2021
The St Paul’s Professional Groups were first launched in 2016 in collaboration with the Old Pauline Club and Parents’ Group. Their aim is to connect those working in specific professional fields and to support current pupils and young OPs in their career journey.

Following the success of the Engineering Network Launch in 2018 we are pleased to welcome members of the St Paul’s community working in, or with an interest in engineering, to our latest meeting.

This will be held virtually as a panel discussion hosted by Katie Douglass, Director of Engineering and ICT at St Paul's. She will be joined by Dr Alex Alliston (OP 1975-80), chartered engineer, renewable energy consultant and STEM ambassador; Giles Thomas (OP 1979-83), chartered engineer and BMT Chair of Maritime Engineering; and other engineers from the St Paul's Community.

While face to face networking is not possible, we will be sharing a list of the names and email details of all attendees that have consented to this, so that you can still get in contact with one another following the event.

It is free to register for any of our virtual events. However, if you wish to express your appreciation for the programme, please make a donation to the Shaping our Future bursary fund and help talented boys benefit from a St Paul’s education, please go to: https://donate.stpaulsschool.org.uk/donate/events/

Suggested donation – £10 per household.

Nov 23, 2021 07:00 PM in London

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Dr Alex Alliston OP, 1975-80
Chartered Engineer, Renewable Energy Consultant and STEM Ambassador @Self Employed
Dr Alex Alliston is a chartered engineer and consultant with a focus on renewable energy, sustainability and STEM engagement. Alex has a master's and doctorate in engineering tribology from the University of Cambridge. His first career was as a product manager and director in a company designing tribology and materials test equipment. His second career was as a house parent for his two sons (whilst his professional engineer wife continued working). His third career was in renewable power generation, holding senior management positions in the renewable energy businesses of Rolls-Royce, Alstom Power and Ecotricity. His final full-time position was as senior product manager for Spirax Sarco Steam Specialities. He is currently a consultant and investor in renewable energy and renewable heat technologies. Alex is also a STEM Ambassador, engaging with primary students at workshops and Science Fairs, as well as supporting his wife in the development of primary STEM projects and activities.
Giles Thomas OP, 1979-1983
BMT Chair of Maritime Engineering @University College London
Giles Thomas originally studied naval architecture & shipbuilding at the University of Newcastle. Following 25 years working in Australia, predominantly in research and development for the high speed craft industry, he joined UCL in 2014 as the BMT Chair of Maritime Engineering. He is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects.
Neel Le Penru OP, 2011-2016
PhD Student @Imperial College London
After leaving St Paul's in 2016, Neel joined the new, interdisciplinary MEng in Design Engineering at Imperial College London, which synthesises design methodologies and engineering knowledge within a culture of innovation and enterprise. During his undergraduate degree, he interned for 6 months in New Product Development at Dyson and eventually honed his studies around interests in audio technology and sustainability. After graduating in 2020, he became the first engineer at a start-up working on ‘smart’ face masks. In October 2021, he returned to Imperial to start a PhD in ‘EcoAcoustic Monitoring’, supervised by Dr. Lorenzo Picinali (Dyson School of Design Engineering) and Prof. Robert Ewers (Department of Life Sciences). His doctorate is part of the SAFE Acoustics Project (http://acoustics.safeproject.net/about) and will focus on analysing the soundscape of the tropical rainforest in Malaysian Borneo to understand its response to human activity and climate change.