August 27, 2003
Rolls-Royce executive to discuss jet engines in fifth Boeing Lecture
A top executive and engineer from Rolls-Royce PLC will be at Purdue on Thursday, Sept. 4, to discuss the history and possible future of jet engines.
Mike Howse, director of engineering and technology for Rolls-Royce in Great Britain, will deliver the fifth annual William E. Boeing Distinguished Lecture on "Gas Turbine Engines Past, Present and Future."
The lecture, sponsored by the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, begins at 4 p.m. in Stewart Center's Fowler Hall. A reception will follow the lecture in Stewart Center's west foyer.
Howse joined Rolls-Royce in 1968 and began working in the research and development laboratories, conducting research in areas including materials and the effects of high-speed air on aircraft engines. He has headed projects to develop engines for the Boeing 747-400 and the Boeing 767. He also led the concept design work for the so-called "Trent" engine.
He was appointed head of advanced engineering in 1989 and director of engineering for the military engine group in 1991. In 1995 Howse became director of engineering-airlines, and later director of engineering-civil aerospace, overseeing work related to a wide range of engines.
Howse is a visiting professor at Cranfield University and a Fellow of The Royal Aeronautical Society, The Royal Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Mechanical Engineers.
He earned a doctoral degree in engineering science in 1968 from Reading University.
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