The Wilbur and Orville Wright Lecture is the principal event in the Society’s year, given by distinguished members of the US and UK aerospace communities.
The Wilbur and Orville Wright Lecture was established to honour the pioneering mechanical engineers who completed the first successful controlled powered flight on 17 December 1903.
The 2013 lecture saw Tom Enders ask how we can build a thriving industry that supports a flourishing society. He seeks answers in the pioneering technology and partnerships that not only bring growth to aerospace and defence, but generate some great new opportunities for elite British performance in everything from precision engineering and environmental protection to scientific research and sporting glory.
About the speaker:
Dr Tom Enders FRAeS, Chief Executive Officer, EADS
Thomas Enders was appointed Chief Executive Officer of EADS effective 1 June 2012 after being CEO of Airbus since 2007.
He studied Economics, Political Science and History at the University of Bonn and at the University of California in Los Angeles. Prior to joining the aerospace industry in 1991 (Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm), he worked, inter alia, as a Member of the "Planungsstab" of the German Ministry of Defence. At MBB, and subsequently DASA, he held various positions including Chief of Staff, Director Corporate Development & Technology and Head of Defence Systems.
Following the creation of EADS in 2000, he was appointed CEO of the EADS Defence and Security Systems Division, holding this position until 2005 when he was appointed co-CEO of EADS.
Dr Enders was President of the BDLI (German Aerospace Industry Association) from 2005 to 2012. Moreover, from 2005 to 2009 he chaired the Atlantik-Brucke e.V.