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The Hon Dorothy Wedgwood OBE Schools Christmas Lecture – The Avalanche Experience

Professor Danielle George MBE

  • Date: Wednesday 4th December 2019 from 2.15-3.30 pm
  • Venue: Lecture Theatre E, Simon Building, University of Manchester
  • Members £0.00
  • Non Members £

The annual Christmas lecture is aimed at young people aged approximately 15 to 18 years and request for tickets is to be made by school organiser/teacher.  Students must be accompanied at all times whilst on University premises.

The speaker this year is:

Professor Danielle George, MBE, FIET, Vice Dean (Teaching and Learning), Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Manchester

“The Avalanche Experience”

Danielle will discuss her experience of creating an avalanche for the BBC Two Horizon documentary; the technology and the psychological aspects and how important it is to fail in science and engineering.

Danielle completed her BSc in Astrophysics, MSc in Radio Astronomy at The Victoria University of Manchester, and her PhD in Electrical and Electronic Engineering with UMIST.  She worked at Jodrell Bank Observatory as a Senior Radio Frequency Engineer until 2006 when she took up a lectureship in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.  She was awarded a Professorship at the age of 38 and appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire in the 2016 Queen’s honours list for services to engineering through public engagement.  In 2016 she received the Royal Academy of Engineering Rooke Medal for services to engineering and in 2017 received the Harold Hartley Medal for outstanding contribution to the field of Measurement and Control. In 2018 she was awarded the Royal Society Michael Faraday Medal for excellence in communicating science to the public.

Danielle research is dedicated to solving one the 14 world engineering grand challenges of the 21st century; engineering the tools for scientific discovery. Her expertise in radio frequency engineering and microwave communications is applicable to a broad range of scientific and industrial sectors. To date her research has focused on delivering class-leading ultra-low noise receivers for Space and Aerospace applications.  She is involved in the $1B astronomical instrument, the Square Kilometer Array (SKA), is the UK lead for amplifiers for the $1B Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) telescope and has worked with NASA and ESA on the development of instrumentation for researchers exploring the Big Bang. Her most recent work on broadband amplifier design at 116GHz is current state-of-the-art and pushing the very limits of semiconductor technology.

Her passion for raising public awareness of the positive impact engineering and science has on all aspects of our everyday lives has led to Danielle’s numerous current high-profile Ambassadorial roles.  Following on from the success of Danielle’s Royal Institution Christmas Lectures and wishing to develop a citizen science project during the 2016 European City of Science, she co-founded and developed the “Manchester Robot Orchestra” with huge success in many countries around the world and generated over 1m hits on social media. Her STEM ‘emoji’ recognizes her dedication to science and engineering stating her most notable fun achievement as ‘turning a sky scraper into a giant game of Tetris’. She has delivered TED and TEDx talks and her hometown of Newcastle recognised her as a ‘Great North Contemporary Great’ in the 2015 Great North Culture Exhibition.