Technical Lecture and Networking Evening 07.11.13

1st FIGS Events Lecture

Title:  Reflections on the causes of engineering failure and poor performance
Speaker: Professor John Carlton FREng
Chaired by: Cdr Matt Bolton RN

Technical Paper

Technical paper






Following training as a mechanical engineer and mathematician, Professor Carlton served in the Royal Naval Scientific Service undertaking research into underwater vehicle hydrodynamic design and propulsors. He then joined Stone Manganese Marine Ltd at Greenwich as a propeller designer and research engineer. In 1975, he joined Lloyd’s Register, first in the Technical Investigation Department and after nine years transferred to the Advanced Engineering Department as its Deputy Head. He later moved to the newly formed Performance Technology Department and in 1992 he returned to the Technical Investigation Department as the Senior Principal Surveyor and Head of Department in which capacity he served for 11 years. Then in 2003, Professor Carlton was invited to become the Global Head of Marine Technology for Lloyd’s Register within the Technology Directorate. In early 2006 he was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Science for his contribution to marine technology and shipping. After 35 years within Lloyd’s Register, Professor Carlton was invited to become Professor of Marine Engineering at the City University London in which capacity he now serves and is responsible for the postgraduate maritime studies.
During his career he has presented and published some 120 technical papers and articles on many aspects of marine technology as well as having written a textbook Marine Propellers and Propulsion which is now in its 3rd Edition. Professor Carlton has been awarded the Denny Gold Medal of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology twice and has also won the Stanley Gray Award for Marine Technology twice. He is active on a number of research groups and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2011. Professor Carlton was President of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology in 2011-12 and led the Royal Academy of Engineering’s study into Future Ship Propulsion, the findings of which were published in 2013.