Engineering - the future or Engineering the future
Professor Michael J H Sterling
President's Inaugural Lecture by Professor Michael Sterling. The engineering profession faces many challenges as we begin the new millennium. In the UK the popularity of engineering as a career is declining and employers in some fields report difficulties recruiting qualified staff. Other countries in the western world face similar declines, but in the Asia-Pacific region, expansion is still strong. The lecture analyses these relative positions and illustrates how supply and demand patterns have changed over time.
03 October 2002 Management channel
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Michael Sterling was born at Paddock Wood, Kent, on 9 February 1946. He was educated at Hampton Grammar School and the University of Sheffield, where he obtained a BEng degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering. In 1971 he joined the Department of Control Engineering, University of Sheffield, as a Lecturer, being promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1978 while acting as Industrial Liaison Officer for Control Engineering from 1976-80. In 1980 he was appointed as Professor of Engineering at the University of Durham - at the age of 34 one of the youngest professors of engineering in the UK. In 1989 he was appointed Vice-Chancellor and Principal of Brunel University. He is currently Vice-Chancellor at the University of Birmingham.
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