Trinity Engineers Association: Thinking Big in Engineering – Thursday 18 October 2018


Seize power? Be civil? Or green with envy? What is your big project?

Automotive, environmental and civil are branches of engineering which change the world through engineering technology operating on a grand scale. We have assembled a panel of speakers from across these sectors to compare and contrast from personal experience how people, teams, science, technology, engineering and internationalism combine to shape our future.

Think big about your engineering career: come and compare and contrast our experts experiences.

Online bookings for this event have now closed. If you wish to make a booking, please contact Alumni Relations and Development or call 01223 761452.


John Miles is a Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge and is the Arup/Royal Academy of Engineering Professor of Transitional Energy Strategies at the Department of Engineering. His special interests include the technology and economics of future transport systems, with a particular emphasis on future systems and environmental impact. John is a member of the UK Automotive Council and was founding chairman of the Council’s Working Group on Intelligent Mobility. John is currently a member of IM-PACT (the UK Intelligent Mobility Planning and Action Co-Ordination Team) and is chairman of the IM-PACT Working Group on Cities and Supporting Infrastructure.

Edward Fray is a Senior Project Manager at the international construction consultancy Turner & Townsend. Ed joined the Turner & Townsend graduate scheme in 2012 after leaving the University of Bristol with an MEng degree in Civil Engineering. Ed has worked on some of the largest infrastructure and development projects in the country including the Shard, Heathrow Terminal 2, and, currently, the Heathrow Third Runway Programme.

Talia da Silva completed her PhD at Trinity in 2017; her research investigated the way in which roads and infrastructure can be designed to be more resilient to the formation of voids such as sinkholes or collapse of mines below them. She is now a Research Associate at the University of Cambridge and is investigating the behaviour of wind turbine foundations in the context of development in Africa. Talia did her undergraduate degree in civil engineering at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. Before starting her PhD, Talia worked as a waste and environmental management engineer in South Africa for four years.

Richard studied for his MEng at King’s College, Cambridge, graduating in 2013. He specialised in Aeronautical and Mechanical Engineering, and was involved with the design of the Solar Racing Vehicle.  He subsequently stayed at Cambridge to undertake a PhD under the supervision of Prof Holger Babinsky, with a title of The Aerodynamics of Heavy Goods Vehicles. Here he used a water towing tank to study the flowfield of a lorry. Highlights of this project include being involved in a programme which resulted in a 7% reduction in fuel for vehicles used by a leading supermarket. Richard is now an Aerodynamicist at Renault Sport Racing Formula 1 team. Working on the rear of the car, his day-to-day work includes the geometric design of car parts, and subsequent computational and experimental analysis. He also takes an active involvement in the continual development of Wind Tunnel testing methodology.


5:30 pm

Registration with Tea and Coffee

5:45 pm

Mentoring Session

6:30 pm

Panel Discussion

7:30 pm

Drinks Reception

8:00 pm

Dinner in the Old Kitchen

9:30 pm



The Masters Lodge

The Master’s Lodge is located opposite the Great Gate. Originally built in Elizabethan times, it was substantially altered and enlarged during Neville’s time as Master, then by Bentley (who built a notoriously expensive staircase), then re-altered by William Whewell (Master 1841-1866) and extended further under Montagu Butler (Master 1886-1918).

The Lodge features a Tudor drawing room, with a gold embossed ceiling and an ornamented fireplace showing the arms of Queen Elizabeth.