Head of Department: Tom Husband, Head of Mechanical Engineering 1983-1990, FREng


Undergraduate modules included Advanced Manufacturing Technology. In the mid 1980s a CAD (Computer Aided Design) Unit was developed comprising a set of mini computers with dedicated graphics terminals, specifically for the teaching of CAD.  Pascal became preferred over Fortran as the language for teaching.


The Lubrication Section was renamed Tribology in 1984. Ongoing collaboration with the Royal College of Art started in 1980. Research into the new area of Medical Robotics expanded.

Meanwhile, in London...

The East End saw huge change as derelict docks were transformed by developments such as Canary Wharf and the Docklands Light Railway (DLR). Riots broke out across the UK and particularly in London in 1990 over the introduction of the Poll Tax.

Mechanics of Materials division, 1990

The Mechanics of Materials division in front of Royal Albert Hall, 1990

Canary Whatf

Looking towards the site of the future Canary Wharf developments with a poster advertising what was to come, 1987. The message on the poster reads: "It will feel like Venice & work like New York."

Programming in Pascal

Programming in Pascal, 1983

Photo credits:

Photo of the Canary Wharf site at Westferry Circus, 27 July 1987, by Flickr user Tim@SW2008, used under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 2.0 license 

An Informatics General computer programmer at the company's New York City office looking at Pascal language code for the TAPS product on an IBM 3270 terminal, photo by Jonathan Schilling [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], from Wikimedia Commons

Photo of the Mechanics of Materials division from the Imperial College London archives