Control and Automation Conference
Uniting problems and solutions
4 - 5 June 2013 | Conference Aston Lakeside Centre, Birmingham
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Tuesday 14 May 2013
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Committee chair - Paul McKenna, Glasgow Caledonian University
Paul is currently Chair of the IET Control and Automation Technical Professional Network and Executive Chair of IET Scotland engaged in arranging both national and international events and is past Chair of the Electronics Control and Informatics Specialised Section of IET Scotland. Paul has been invited to serve as an external subject expert by several agencies including the Scottish Qualifications Agency to advise on engineering provision in the Curriculum for Excellence and has also been appointed as an external examiner to several Masters programmes as well as serving on the committees of several international conferences.
Areas of research interest include control of offshore heavy lift operations, wireless monitoring and control systems, multi-body computational dynamics, complex systems modelling and wind turbine modelling and control. As well as academic pursuits Paul has also designed and built three dimensional training simulators for Corus Steel and produced computer based training for driving schools.
Paul holds a Master’s degree from Strathclyde University in Communications, Control and Digital Signal Processing and a BSc. with Hons. in Physics from the University of Glasgow. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Member of the Institute of Learning and Teaching. Paul is currently a Lecturer in Control Systems at Glasgow Caledonian University.
John Pittwood, IEng, FIET
Having served an apprenticeship as an electrician I went on to work in the steel industry as a shift Electrician then moved to Tube Investments as an Electrical Technician. After working for a fire engineering company and John Thompson Boilers I joined Merlin Gerin (Schneider Electric) as support engineer for the new PLC organisation. I then moved to Telemecanique, also now part of Schneider. In total I spent 30 years with Schneider before retiring. I had many posts there, both technical and commercial. The last seven years as Marketing Manager for the Transport Segment, which involved development of the transport business both commercial and offer development.
Although my background is in automation, mainly based on programmable controllers and variable speed drives I have also been involved in specialist power systems associated with the Transport Segment. The projects have included airport baggage handling, parcel sortation systems, nuclear waste handling, tunnel boring machines, automation of switchgear for channel tunnel traction, rail signal power supplies and 400 Hz airport ground power.
For the last 20 years I have been an active member of the IIE and IEE/IET and have been Chair of Control and Automation Technical and Professional Network and the Technical and Professional Network Steering Committee I have also been a member of Council and the Knowledge Management Board. At present I am a member of the Community Resource Committee and the History of Technology Executive Committee.
Professor Sarah Spurgeon, Professor of Control Engineering and Head of the School of Engineering and Digital Arts, University of Kent
Professor Sarah Spurgeon is the Professor of Control Engineering and Head of the School of Engineering and Digital Arts at the University of Kent. She is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the Institute of Measurement and Control and the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications.
Sarah Spurgeon’s research interests are in the area of systems modelling and analysis, robust control and estimation in which areas she has published over 270 refereed research papers. She was awarded the Honeywell International Medal for ‘distinguished contribution as a control and measurement technologist to developing the theory of control’ in 2010 and an IEEE Millenium Medal in 2000.
She is currently an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer and Chairs the IEEE Technical Committee on Variable Structure and Sliding Mode Control. She is immediate past Chair of the UK Automatic Control Council, the national member organisation of the International Federation of Automatic Control, a member of the HEFCE REF sub-panel 15 General Engineering and an independent member of the Defence Scientific Advisory Council (DSAC) which provides independent advice to the Secretary of State for Defence on matters of concern to the Ministry of Defence in the fields of Science, Engineering, Technology and Analysis (SETA).
Stewart Taylor, Kellogg Brown & Root Limited – Chief Engineer, Proces Control
I joined Kellogg Brown & Root Limited (MW Kellogg as it then was) just over 20 years ago as an Instrument Engineer. My main areas of responsibility now are as technical authority for Process Control and Functional Safety for projects in Oil, Gas and Petrochemicals.
Before joining KBR, I graduated from Glasgow University with a Physics degree and then went on to work in electronic and electromechanical design and development, mostly related ro control equipment, before joining a pharmaceutical biotechnology equipment company as a Control & Electrical engineer.
As a result of my varied career path I have experience in the past in developing analog and digital electronics, low-level measurements and small electric power. Now my work relates to control of Process, Machinery and Equipment for gas treatment, LNG, refining, ammonia and olefins projects. I have particular interests in turbomachinery and fired equipment.
I have been an IEE/IET member for over 20 years, most actively in the last five years.
David Twohig, Gilead Sciences, Senior Engineering Specialist
David is employed by Gilead Sciences as a Senior Engineering Specialist and has been working in the Automation field for several years. He has a degree in Applied Physics and is presently working on a research Masters within the Chemical Engineering Department of Newcastle University. David is a full member of the IET and presently serving as an Executive Committee Member for the Control and Automation Network and has recently published an article for the ISA InTech magazine.