Innovation, Engineering and Value

Innovation, Engineering and Value

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Abstract of the talk:

This presentation will be very different to the more conventional engineering core subject teaching that you receive as part of your academic studies. It will introduce how engineers can consider where innovation, value and engineering come together. To do this the concept of a ‘value curve’ will be introduced with a couple of deep dive practical examples into cities including Cape Town, Miami and Shanghai to look at how to tackle really big issues at scale, like Climate Change. There are also two shallower dives to look at how we can practically think what the circular economy means to engineering and how we can use innovation to change the way we provide engineering services. The practical examples are from USA and UK and showcase global companies who have been quite radical in their innovation to seek out value in their respective areas of engineering expertise. It should be very interesting and enjoyable too!

Concise biography of Dr Mark Fletcher, FREng:

Mark currently leads the Global Water Business in Arup. He was made an Arup Fellow in 2017. He was also made an Honorary Fellow of the Society for the Environment in June 2018 and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2019.

He is currently working with the Rockefeller Foundation on Water Resilience Assessment of Cities with the support of the 100 Resilient Cities, World Bank and OECD. These include Cape Town, Mexico City, Greater Miami, Amman, Rotterdam, Hull, Thessaloniki and Greater Manchester. He has also recently presented thought leadership on water resilience to Defra, Welsh Government, Environment Agency, Natural Resources Wales and Dwr Cymru Welsh Water. He is Faculty Leader and Senior Lecturer for the Arup University - Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan Business School Masters course on ‘Resilience of Urban Systems’ (programmed from 2017-2020). He is also currently Chairman of the River Mersey Task Force.

He received an Honorary Doctorate (DEng) in 2015 for his work on sustainable water management from Bradford University, the highest honour they can confer. He was Honorary Visiting Professor to Bradford University in Engineering Design for Sustainable Development from 2009 – 2012 and Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor in Engineering Design for Sustainable Development to Bradford University from 2003 – 2009.

He was Project Director for the Bradford City Park, one of the largest urban water regeneration projects in the UK and winner of the BCIA Regeneration Project of the Year 2012. 

He has responsibility for all water and flood risk related activity for Arup in his region and has extensive experience working with regulators, local authorities, water companies, environmental agencies and has advised at a regional, national and trans-national level. He has a particular interest in urban resilience to too much or too little water, engineering geology of dams and sustainable flood risk management, surface water management and green infrastructure. He has worked across the water cycle and around the world for over 30 years.

He is on the Organising Committee for Singapore International Water Week and has recently given keynotes including most recently at Interflood Asia 2019 in Singapore, Stormwater Poland 2019 in Gdansk, Stockholm World Water Week in 2018, Singapore International Water Week in 2018, The Resilience Shift Global Knowledge Exchange in London, 2018, the United Nations Disaster Risk Recovery Conference in Rome 2018, the Asia Development Bank Resilience Conference in Manila in 2018, the International Conference on Water Sensitive Urban Design in Perth in 2018, The World Water Congress in Tokyo, 2018 and COP212, COP22 and COP23.

He has worked with most of the UK Water Companies including Framework Director at Yorkshire Water for Amp3, Amp4, Amp5 and Amp6 as well as work for Northumbrian Water, United Utilities, Wessex Water, Thames Water, Southern Water, Severn Trent Water, Anglian Water, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, Affinity Water, Bristol Water and Portsmouth Water. He has close links with Northern Ireland Water, Scottish Water, Wroclaw MPWiK and Krakow MPWiK in Poland and has worked with Watercare in New Zealand, PUB in Singapore, DSD in Hong Kong, Maynilad Water and Manila Water in the Philippines, Rand Water in South Africa and the Water Services Department in Botswana.

He is a Chartered Civil Engineer, Chartered Scientist, Chartered Environmentalist, Chartered Geologist and Chartered Water and Environmental Manager.

He is also the Chairman of the Water Industry Forum, on the Leadership Council of the UK Water Partnership and actively engaged with British Water.


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