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Published: 03 December 2013

Surrey welcomes Visiting Professor from Lockheed Martin

Professor Steve Burnage brings industry perspective from leading security and defence company.

Mechanical Engineering students will soon benefit from the expertise and experience of Professor Steve Burnage, a Fellow of Lockheed Martin UK (LMUK) – a leader in systems integration working on major programmes for the aerospace, defence and civil sectors. Joining the Department of Mechanical Engineering Sciences as a visiting Professor, Professor Burnage will supervise third and fourth year students on a weekly basis across a range of different engineering design projects.

The Visiting Professorship builds on an already strong relationship between LMUK and the University. The two organisations have recently partnered for an R&D programme aimed at further strengthening the ceramic bonding on military armoured vehicles to make them more resistant to attack. In addition, several Surrey students have spent work placements and summer internships with LMUK, with one doctoral student subsequently joining the company.

As an industry leader, LMUK is keen to play a proactive role in plugging the UK’s engineering talent shortfall by working closely with future engineers through outreach programmes with universities and schools.

Professor Burnage, who is based at LMUK’s Amptill site, says: “With a predicted shortfall of 1.8 million engineers and scientists within the UK by 2020, we need to take every opportunity to plug emerging gaps within the industry. What better way to encourage and enthuse the next generation of engineering talent than to be involved in engineering research projects with a high calibre university?”

“We need to sow the seeds of interest in the challenges of engineering. Partnering with the University of Surrey is one example of the work that we are doing to bolster the supply of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) professionals.”

Professor Julie Yeomans of the Department of Mechanical Engineering Sciences comments: “Having Professor Burnage working with us is a tremendous asset for students, researchers and academic staff alike. He has a wealth of expertise and experience, and is a great communicator, giving a valuable insight into the practical aspects and current applications of engineering.”