Cdr Stephen Markle USN (Ret), Program Manager and Director of the Electric Ships Office, US Navy Program Executive Office Ships will be the EAAW VIII keynote speaker and Professor Chris Hodge, Chief Electrical Engineer, Defence & Security, BMT will take on that role for MECSS 2019.
All delegates will be able to listen to both keynote addresses, as the Chairmen of both events, Cdr Ian Hassall RN, T45 Deputy Team Leader and T45 Platform Chief Engineer, Ministry of Defence, UK for EAAW VIII; and Kevin Daffey, Rolls-Royce and IMarEST President-Elect for MECSS 2019, explain: “Both events will join forces on Day One with the aim of discussing the shared challenges for both the naval and commercial arenas inspiring innovation across the breadth of the maritime domain.
“We are delighted to announce that two inspirational and highly knowledgeable speakers will deliver keynote addresses on 2 July. Steve Markle will speak to the EAAW VIII theme ‘Evolving intelligent platforms for the future battlespace’; while Chris Hodge’s address will reflect the MECSS 2019 theme ‘Inspiring safer systems at sea’.
“The programmes have been organised in parallel, enhancing the invaluable networking opportunities between government, industry and academic representatives both in the UK and overseas,” they add.
“The Joint Technical Advisory Committee is currently formatting the full programme which will be launched in April and registration will open on both websites shortly.”
The duo of events is organised by FIGS Events on behalf of IMarEST with Babcock International Group as the first major sponsor of EAAW VIII.