Grammy-winning singer and BLOODHOUND SSC duo to be honoured at UWE Bristol Award Ceremonies

Issue date: 21 July 2016


Excellence in engineering and technology will be celebrated at the University of the West of England's (UWE Bristol) award ceremonies on Thursday 21 July 2016. Honorary doctorates in engineering will be awarded to BLOODHOUND Super Sonic Car Chief Engineer, Mark Chapman and Driver, Wing Commander Andy Green and international singer-songwriter, Imogen Heap will receive an honorary doctorate of technology.

The Honorary Degrees will be conferred at the Awards Ceremonies of the Faculty of the Environment and Technology at Bristol Cathedral.

BLOODHOUND SSC is a unique, high-technology project to design and build a car that will break the 1,000mph barrier and set a new world land speed record

BLOODHOUND SSC Chief Engineer, Mark Chapman will be awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Engineering in recognition of his contribution to design and engineering.

Mark has been involved since the early days of BLOODHOUND SSC in 2008 and took the lead as Chief Engineer in 2010. As with the rest of the team, Mark joined the project in part for the engineering challenge – but primarily because of the focus of engaging youngsters in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. Despite the demands of leading the engineering work on BLOODHOUND SSC, Mark has fully supported the educational activities – from primary school events to university lectures.

BLOODHOUND SSC Driver, Wing Commander Andrew Green, has been awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Engineering in recognition of his contribution to engineering and educational engagement.

Andy has what he describes as the world's best day job, as a Fighter Pilot in the Royal Air Force and the world's best holiday job, working as part of a Land Speed Record team.

In 1997 he drove Thrust SSC to the current World Land Speed Record of 763 mph. He is now working with a world-class engineering team on the BLOODHOUND Project, helping to design and build the world's first car capable of exceeding 1000 mph. Andy is the driver for the BLOODHOUND SuperSonic Car, which is the most advanced straight-line racing car in history.

Speaking of the educational impact of the BLOODHOUND Project on future generations at the Annual Bloodhound Lecture at UWE Bristol in March, he said, “These are the kids who are going to build and live in the high-tech, low carbon world of tomorrow. Inspiring them about the magic of science and technology is what partnerships like this are for. UWE Engineering department had to close applications early last year due to popularity – I'm sure Bloodhound had something to do with that.”

Singer-songwriter, Imogen Heap, has been awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Technology in recognition of her innovation and contribution to Music and Technology.

Self-produced British recording artist for 20 years, Imogen Heap has released four solo albums, another as one half of Frou Frou and collaborated with countless and varied artists including Taylor Swift, Deadmau5, Jeff Beck and Jon Hopkins. Her compositions and songs, pop up in blockbuster and indie films as well as countless TV shows, are sampled to the hilt with underground rap and dance music and features in arguably one of the first ever internet memes with Dear Sister. Heap has won two Grammys, an Ivor Novello and is recognised as a major pioneer in music and technology for her gestural music ware the mimu gloves system developed in collaboration with UWE Bristol's Dr Tom Mitchell. Recognised also for ways in which she interacts and works with her audience. Heap's latest initiative and widely quoted about Mycelia, focuses on connecting the dots for a fair trade music industry ecosystem.

Paul Olomolaiye, Pro Vice-Chancellor & Executive Dean, Faculty of Environment and Technology, said, “It's an honour to welcome Mark, Andrew and Imogen to our award ceremonies to not only recognise their talent and achievement, but to also inspire the next generation of UWE Bristol engineers and designers. As we celebrate their success today and in the future, confident in the knowledge that the excellent standard of teaching, training and opportunities they take away from UWE Bristol will stand them in good stead for their future careers.”

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