The IET Lord Austin Lecture 2014, Chennai was hosted by SRM University, Kattankulathur. This year’s Lord Austin lecture was in keeping with the IET’s mission- ‘Inspire, Inform and Influence’ the aspiring engineers of the country. The lecture was delivered by Wing Commander Andy Green, a Royal Air Force fighter pilot and World Land Speed Record Holder. The lecture was attended by about 2500 students, 1000 faculty members and delegates from corporate India. Green delivered an inspiring lecture on the nuances of building the world’s fastest vehicle and achieving a target of 1600 kmph.
The BLOODHOUND SSC stands true to its name- it’s a supersonic car! It was conceived in early 2007 as an ‘Engineering Adventure’ to bring science and technology to life for the next generation. The event brought in a fraternity of Engineers and an elite gathering. Dr. Parivendhar, Chancellor and Founder of SRM University set the context of the lecture by emphasizing on youth’s fascination with speed.
Andy addressed a wide range of thoughts as he stressed upon the basic subjects and eventually took the audience to reflect on the importance of STEM education. The lecture ranged from the inception of technology right up to the future possibilities and outcomes. The budding engineers were enthralled to be a part of the discussion. The audience was invigorated to know, to watch and to reflect on the World’s Fastest Supersonic Car – stimulating and inviting the discoveries for the future.
When asked what’s the biggest hurdle to attaining the speed 1000 mph? Andy replied -“Aerodynamics. Keeping the car on the ground. It took us five years to find the right shape that does not generate any sort of lift.”
Andy claims – Bloodhound SSC can cover the span of an entire football field within the blink of an eye. The lecture was definitely a ray of enlightenment and trigger to new discoveries through the use of technology.
About the Guest: Wing Commander Andy Green
Wg Cdr Andy Green
Fighter Pilot in the Royal Air Force & Driver of BLOODHOUND SSC. He graduated in 1983 with first class honours in mathematics. Later that year Green was regraded from acting Pilot Officer to Pilot Officer in the RAF. He qualified as a fighter pilot on F-4 Phantom and Tornado F3 aircraft. In 2003 Green was promoted to Wing Commander. He later became Officer Commanding Operations Wing at RAF Wittering near Peterborough. Green is also the captain of the RAF team at the Cresta Run, where he uses an experimental French toboggan. The BLOODHOUND Supersonic Car’s driver, Andy Green, set the current World Land Speed Record of 763mph in Thrust SSC on the Black Rock Desert in 1997.