Society Award to Top Advanced Higher Physics Student 2017

At the meeting on the 9th of January 2018, the Society Awarded its 2017 Advance Higher Physics Award and Prize to Adam Frew. Adam is a former pupil of Grange Academy and is now studying Electrical Engineering at Glasgow University. In the 2017 Advance Higher Physics examination, Adam attained the highest mark of all the candidates in East Ayrshire.

Our congratulations go to Adam and we wish him the best for the future.


The photograph shows Adam with his award certificate and flanked by President Graham Short, Margaret Harper, Robert Johnston and Chris Smith (all Grange Academy) and Professor Adam McBride (University of Strathclyde).


Society celebrates retirement of head teacher

At our first lecture of 2017-18, the Society took the opportunity to acknowledge the retirement of Mrs Sally Whittet as Head Teacher of Muirkirk Primary School which was our first adopted school in 2013-14. That adoption was a tremendous success due, in large, to the outstanding efforts and enthusiasm shown by Sally and teacher Karen Gail. Also present at this lecture was the head teachers of our two adopted schools for 2017-18; Mrs Shona Murphy of Galston Primary School and Mrs Elizabeth Heron of St Sophia’s Primary School. The Society wishes Sally a long, happy and healthy retirement.

 The photograph shows from left to right Shona Murphy, President Graham Short, Professor Sheila Rowan - Chief Science Advisor for Scotland (the speaker on the night), Elizabeth Heron, Karen Gail and Sally Whittet.



Society honours eminent engineer

At a recent meeting of the Kilmarnock Engineering and Science Society (KESS) Professor Liz Tanner was awarded Honorary Life Membership for outstanding support for, and services to, the Society. Professor Tanner has been Professor of Biomedical Materials at the University of Glasgow since August 2007. Previously she was Professor of Biomedical Materials at Queen Mary University of London. She did her undergraduate and DPhil degrees in Engineering Science in Oxford, at the same college where her grandmother had gone from Edinburgh to do medicine 80 years earlier. She was Secretary of the European Society for Biomaterials 2005-2009 and was involved in the founding of the UK Society for Biomaterials and was their first President in 2000. She was elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2006 and of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2015. She is a Trustee of the Royal Academy of Engineering. She started the Biomedical Engineering degrees at the University of Glasgow in 2010 with now 2 cohorts graduated and working around the world. Liz was awarded an OBE in the New Year List of January 2016 and will collect an Honorary PhD in Medicine from Lund University in Sweden at the beginning of June this year. Her research interests are biomaterials for bone augmentation and replacement and the biomechanics of such devices. She has developed materials that have been used in ¼ million patients.

In receiving her award, Professor Tanner said that societies like KESS had a leading role to play in attracting more able young people to pursue careers in engineering. She congratulated the Society on what it has achieved since its founding in 2012.


KESS celebrates Jim Richmond’s 100th Birthday
At a recent meeting of the Kilmarnock Engineering and Science Society (KESS) the speaker was Dr Mark Wiggins of the University of Strathclyde who gave a most interesting talk on the application of high power lasers. After his lecturer, the Society celebrated one of its founder members, Jim Richmond, who that day (21st February 2017) was 100 years old and presented him with a birthday cake specially decorated for the event by Mary Montgomerie of Stewarton. The President of KESS, Graham Short MBE, delivered a congratulatory speech on behalf of all the members. Graham highlighted that Jim had been a great servant to the local community as a dentist and during World War 2 he was a member of the Army Dental Corp. Graham went on to point out that in his life, Jim had seen 4 Monarchs, 9 Popes, 24 Prime Ministers, 18 Presidents of the USA and 7 First Ministers of Scotland.


Jim Richmond presented with his Special Birthday Cake by Dr June Neilson (Secretary of KESS). Also in photo are left to right Suzanne Flynn (Past President of KESS), Dr Mark Wiggins (University of Strathclyde), Dr Mike Timmons (KESS Council Member) and Graham Short MBE (President of KESS)


Jim Richmond with his Special Birthday Cake presented to him by KESS