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The Team GB track bicycle for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics caused a stir on its announcement. Its wide forks and unusual titanium-carbon frame were a radical departure from convention. Tony, former Head of Technology at British Cycling, will talk about how engineering helped Great Britain top the cycling medal table at the Tokyo games.
Among other accomplishments in a prolific career, Tony was responsible for the design of the 2020 bike. In this talk he will share some of the revolutionary features and technical challenges that enabled the team's success. Reflecting on the development of this bike and some other innovations he has been responsible for, Tony will ask the question ‘Can innovation be forced?’.
Students will have the opportunity to ask about Tony's life as an Engineer and how they can progress, through school, university, or apprenticeships to help deliver the technology we will need to address the many challenges that we face.
Professor Tony Purnell FREng, FRSA was Head of Technical Development at British Cycling, where he worked across all aspects of technology – from improving data analysis to assisting the coaches with the development of organisational software and tools to optimise rider performance. Tony Purnell is Visiting Professor at Cambridge University Engineering Department, and an Honorary Fellow at Trinity Hall Cambridge. He studied Mechanical Engineering at Manchester University and a masters at MIT as a Kennedy Scholar. His dissertation was on Formula One aerodynamics. He founded Pi Research, was principal of the Jaguar and Red Bull Formula One teams and a technical consultant to the FIA and IndyCar Series.
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