It’s a doubly Royal year ahead for material scientist Professor Mark Miodownik. Named in the Queen’s New Year Honour’s list as a new MBE (Member of the British Empire) for services to science, engineering and broadcasting, Miodownik is also set to give the Royal Society’s prestigious Michael Faraday Lecture in February.
Fuelling the Future: Shell Downstream Director John Abbott
Shell Downstream Director John Abbott in an event hosted by UCL Mechanical Engineering
Shell’s Downstream Director John Abbott visited UCL in an event hosted by UCL Mechanical Engineering. Welcomed by UCL President and Provost Professor Michael Arthur, Mr Abbott addressed a packed Chancellors Hall at Senate House with an address outlining Shell’s approach to the future of transport.
In a wide ranging speech covering consumer choices driving change, the regulatory environment around transport and the development of future fuels, Mr Abbott asked;
“What form of transport will people choose in the future? How will they power it? Where will they go to find their fuel of choice? Will they own cars? Or will car-sharing be the norm? Will they even drive? Or will they prefer to use self-driving vehicles? How many wheels will it have?
Will it even have wheels? What about cost? Will consumers in the near-term be prepared to pay a premium price for efficient, clean cars?”