The Royal Academy of Engineering invites you to explore how engineering is used to uncover some of history’s greatest mysteries at Ingenia live! on Tuesday 26 September.

From the discovery of how Richard III was killed in battle, to the use of cutting-edge scanning techniques on iconic fossils and the underwater discovery of some of the world’s rarest, and oldest, objects, Ingenia live! brings together three leading experts to reveal how engineering has helped shed light on some of the past’s deepest mysteries.

Delving into the use of modern forensic techniques on historical remains, Professor Sarah Hainsworth FREng, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Aston University, will explain how her team used CT scans to detail the fatal wounds inflicted on Richard III following the discovery of his remains under a Leicester car park in 2012.

Shipwreck hunter and marine scientist David Mearns, Director of Blue Water Recoveries, will explain how high-tech measuring technology has helped in the identification of three of the world’s rarest shipwreck finds, including the world reveal of his latest archaeological discovery.

David will detail how engineering technology helped to identify a number of artefacts found in the wreck of the Portuguese nau Esmeralda from the 1502-1503 fleet of Vasco da Gama, including, a silver Indio, a coin so extraordinarily rare only one other specimen exists; a ship’s bell dated 1498, believed to be the world’s oldest; and a previously unknown mariner’s astrolabe.

David Mearns said:  “Without the scanning work performed by WMG, The University of Warwick, our knowledge of these rare and important archaeological objects would have been incomplete.”

Revealing how cutting-edge scanning techniques were used to create 3D images of Megalosaurus, the world’s first scientifically-described dinosaur, Professor Mark Williams, Project Evaluation Technologies Group Leader at WMG, The University of Warwick, will discuss how technology usually reserved for aerospace and automotive engineering enabled researchers to see inside the jawbone of a world-famous fossil for the first time.

The event, which is chaired by Dr Scott Steedman CBE FREng, Editor-in-Chief of Ingenia magazine, will be followed by a Q&A session with the speakers and burger and drinks reception.

Dr Scott Steedman said: “Forensic engineering is a fascinating field which has been opened up by innovations in technology. This event is a great opportunity for you to engage with the experts and find out how they did it!"

Ingenia live! events bring to life the stories featured within the pages of Ingenia, the Academy's quarterly magazine, and aim to appeal to anyone who has an interest in engineering, whether they are already engineers or students thinking about studying engineering. 

Ingenia live! Engineering the past and shaping the future’ is on Tuesday 26 September at 6.30pm at Prince Philip House, 3 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5DG.

Notes for editors

  1. Ingenia live! Engineering the past and shaping the future’ is on Tuesday 26 September at 6.30pm at Prince Philip House, 3 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5DG. Tickets for this event cost £10.00, students can attend for free via Eventbrite and must present a valid student ID on admission.

    Tickets can be booked via the Royal Academy of Engineering web page.

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  2. Royal Academy of Engineering. As the UK’s national academy for engineering, we bring together the most successful and talented engineers for a shared purpose: to advance and promote excellence in engineering. We provide analysis and policy support to promote the UK’s role as a great place to do business. We take a lead on engineering education and we invest in the UK’s world-class research base to underpin innovation. We work to improve public awareness and understanding of engineering. We are a national academy with a global outlook.

    We have four strategic challenges:
    - Make the UK the leading nation for engineering innovation
    - Address the engineering skills crisis
    - Position engineering at the heart of society
    - Lead the profession

For more information please contact:

Siobhan Pipa at the Royal Academy of Engineering

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