Virgin Hyperloop: From Science Fiction to Reality!
** Cancelled owing to unforeseen circumstances **
A growing global economy requires faster, cheaper, safer, and more efficient transportation modes. Our roads, airports, and ports are congested. We haven’t had a major new form of transport in a century, and we’re due for one – especially one that is ultra-fast, autonomous, on-demand, direct-to-destination, and emission-free. Hyperloop is all of those things – and more. It’s the future of transportation that we’ve been waiting for.
In this session, experts from Virgin Hyperloop, the leading global hyperloop company, will take you through the technology powering hyperloop, the potential it has to transform the way people and goods move, and the safety challenges associated with building the first new mode of mass transportation in over 100 years.
Continuing Professional Development
This event can contribute towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours as part of the IET's CPD monitoring scheme.
14 Apr 2021
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Chief Engineer of Hardware Architecture - Virgin Hyperloop
Jim Coutre is the Chief Engineer of Hardware Architecture at Virgin Hyperloop. He has been with the company for 6 years and has led the System Design / Optimization and Hardware Concept Development of the hyperloop production system.
Before Virgin Hyperloop, Jim came from a background in Aerospace Engineering, most recently at SpaceX and Virgin Orbit working on Falcon 9 v1.0 and v1.1, Dragon v1.0, and LauncherOne. There he led designs through all parts of life cycle including manufacture, test, and integration on a wide variety of engineering projects: composite and metallic structures, fairing separation systems and mechanisms, solar arrays system, stage separation systems including deployment dynamics, high pressure pneumatics, and satellite separation systems.
Jim graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering and a Bachelor of Arts from the Plan II Liberal Arts Honors Program at The University of Texas – Austin.
Senior Safety consultant - Virgin Hyperloop
Doug Ailey is a senior safety consultant to Virgin Hyperloop, and led the safety effort on Virgin Hyperloop’s recent successful demonstration carrying humans in a hyperloop system – a global first. He has now pivoted to the Virgin Hyperloop product development program, where is he assuring the application of recognized safety-critical development processes and safety design concepts.
Doug has worked on safety-critical mass transportation technologies for over 25 years, including 15 years as Safety Authority for Thales’ Urban Rail Signaling business unit – delivering dozens of Communications-Based Train Control (CBTC) systems to customers around the globe. His time at Thales was preceded by 8+ years contributing to the design of fully-integrated, turn-key urban transit systems at Bombardier Transportation in Kingston, Canada.
Doug graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Canada.
The event is available to view online only
This event will be streamed live and is available to watch online only from any location across the world.
18:00 Zoom Webinar Registration
18:00 Zoom Session Opens - Lecture begins
19:30 Webinar End