Ric Parker CBE, FRS, FREng, former Director of Technology, Rolls Royce, Imperial Alumnus

Volting into the air

In the last two years over one hundred credible electric and hybrid-electric aircraft projects have been launched. Two-seater electric aircraft are already flying. This is to ignore the multitude of small drones and electric toys which proliferate. The speaker will examine the possibilities for large, passenger aircraft, electric propulsion, considering more electric, hybrid-electric and fully electric options. He will explore the challenges, which are technological, safety-related and legislative. Fasten your seat belts for an electrifying ride!

Professor Richard Parker CBE, FRS, FREng

Ric gained a BSc in Physics at Imperial College London in 1975 and an MBA with distinction at Loughborough University in 1992. He joined Rolls-Royce in 1978, and has held various posts including Chief of Composites and Ceramics, Chief of Compressor Engineering, Managing Director - Compressor Systems and Director of Engineering & Technology, Civil Aerospace. He was made Director of Research & Technology, Rolls-Royce Group in 2001 responsible for direction and co-ordination of Research & Technology programmes across all the Rolls-Royce businesses, worldwide.

He recently retired from Rolls Royce and is devoting his energies to wide range of interests including Chairman of the Board of Clean Skies a public-private partnership that is the largest European research programme developing innovative, cutting-edge technology aimed at reducing CO2, gas emissions and noise levels produced by aircraft.

Ric is a Fellow of the Royal Society, Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, Fellow of the Institute of Physics and Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. He has an Honorary EngD from Pusan National University, Korea and Doctorates in Engineering (honoris causa) from Sheffield University and Heriot Watt. He is a visiting Professor in Aerospace and Transport Technology at Loughborough University and an Honorary Professor in Materials Engineering at Birmingham University, UK.

You can see Mr Parker's slides with an audio recording of his talk here, and there are many more videos of our past talks available when you subscribe to our YouTube channel.


[Event poster]

[Interview with Ric Parker]

[Chairman of Clean Sky]

[Slides and Audio of event]