Heriot-Watt Principal Professor Richard A Williams has presented his inaugural lecture to an audience of 700 industry professionals and postgraduate students at the University's Dubai Campus.
This is the third and final presentation of his message on the need for radical innovation in engineering for the benefit of humanity, following lectures at the Edinburgh and Malaysia campuses.
Entitled 'Engineering resources for future life: the need for radical innovation', it offered an insight into the insatiable global need for energy, food, water, and good health, and how demands for necessities such as energy are set to grow by nearly 40 per cent in the next 25 years alone. The lecture presented the imperative to accept the challenge to create sustainable solutions, thus ensuring that safe, enjoyable, and fulfilled lives can be assured for future generations.
Professor Williams said, “My lecture showed the potential of University students and staff to be at the forefront of new ideas and solutions resulting in radical innovations. This spirit of ambition tomeet the needs of real world challenges is at the heart of the Heriot-Watt mission. It was marvellous to meet many of the students and visitors in the audience and the sense of excitement and vision for future of Dubai and the region.”
If you have been unable to attend any of Professor Williams' inaugural lecture series in person, the lecture is now available on-line: