The School of Engineering, University of Lincoln, are hosting the Royal Academy of Engineering East Midlands Regional Lecture. The public lecture, titled “Cutting Crime: The Role of Forensic Engineering Science”, will be delivered by Professor Sarah Hainsworth (Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean of School of Engineering and Applied Science at Aston University).
Sarah, who is Deputy Chair of the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Diversity and Inclusion committee, is the first female Executive Dean of School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. She is keen to build on the School’s reputation for encouraging women into, and advancing their careers in, science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Forensic science encompasses a diverse range of scientific subjects where the research is used to support the law and legal practice.
Engineering is one of the disciplines that can contribute to our understanding of forensic practice by applying engineering tools and techniques to the understanding of particular problems. Research in forensic engineering science has the opportunity to be high profile and have significant societal impact. We have been applying micro-CT and scanning electron microscopy techniques for the analysis of tool marks on bone and the talk will show how these techniques can be used to identify implements in dismemberment cases.
Additionally, Sarah’s research has investigated the forces used in stabbing attacks with a range of implements and the talk will discuss how this adds to our insights into stabbing attacks. Finally, the audience will see how the modern forensic techniques contributed to the investigation of the remains of Richard III.
The lecture will be held in the University’s newly-built Isaac Newton Building lecture hall.
Doors will open at 5.30pm for a 6pm start, with a finish time of 7.30pm (including question time).