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Railway Division Sir Seymour Biscoe Tritton Prestige Lecture

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Further AC network electrification has received a revival in the UK with major new electrification programmes having been announced. At the same time there is the big question about the DC network and the ongoing investment needed in the maintenance & upgrade of the DC network. There are discussions about the possibility of a longer term industry solution being the replacement of the DC network to AC conversion. These raise a number of questions.

Steve Yianni’s talk will introduce the background on electrification and examine the question of DC to AC conversion looking at both the science and the business case aspects and introduce the industry debate on how to make it happen. The talk will explore benchmarking to others and also how the UK is different in this context and the challenges involved.

Presented by Steve Yianni, Technical Director, Network Rail

Steve Yianni graduated with an Engineering Degree from Cambridge University in 1983. He is a chartered engineer and a fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. In 1990, he attained an MBA from London Business School.

Steve started his career at the Ford Motor Company, where from 1983 to 1991 he worked mainly in Product Development on Truck and Engine projects. In 1991, he joined JC Bamford Excavators, gaining 16 years experience in a variety of roles in Engineering Management, and business leadership positions including periods of work in India and the USA. His last role at JCB was as Director of Engineering Operations. Steve joined Network Rail in 2008 and was appointed Director of Engineering in 2009. Most recently Steve has been appointed as Technical Director.

He is the current Chairman of TWI, a Cambridge based Research & Technology Organisation with 700 people worldwide & a turnover of £60m pa.

He has recently been appointed as a Trustee of the IMechE and has been part of the IMechE Employer Panel since its inception in 2006. Steve is regularly asked to present at Professional engineering institutions’ conferences.

Steve also chairs the Technical Strategy Leadership Group, TSLG, the rail cross-industry leadership group for the technical community. TSLG will be publishing the industry Rail Technical Strategy in December 2012, setting the technical landscape & vision for the GB railway with a 30 year perspective.

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