Dr John Suter BSc PhD MICE(Retired) CEng

After graduating in Civil Engineering from Sheffield Hallam University in 1978, I subsequently undertook research leading to a PhD in Computer Modelling.  In 1982 I joined the Leeds based Consulting Engineers J H Haiste where, in addition to working on a wide range of engineering schemes, I took the leading role in many early studies involving the application of computer analysis techniques to the modelling of water supply, sewerage, and related systems.   This included the porting of several mainframe software programmes onto the first generation of PC’s.  In latter years, in addition to providing technical advice and input into the modelling required in a wide range of engineering studies, I also undertook a range of management roles. Although I have had a life long interest in the history of technology and joined the Newcomen Society in 1986 it is only since my retirement that I have become actively involved with the Society.  Whilst my main research interests are the origins of the early civil engineering profession in Yorkshire, since 2013 I have taken a leading role in developing a collaboration of Industrial and Local History Societies in Yorkshire.  This group has come together with the specific objective of  making available, on the web, member’s research notes, photographs and personal knowledge on the many industrial heritage sites in Yorkshire that have not otherwise been documented. I have recently become the Membership Secretary for the newly formed South Yorkshire Branch of the Society.  I consider that the forming of this branch is an important development which gives the Society an opportunity to engage with a new group of engineers and technologists. I believe that the Newcomen Society is uniquely placed to provide a forum for capturing knowledge and for communicating first hand accounts of the development of technology – key information that would otherwise be lost.   I also feel strongly that the Society needs to find ways to reach out to younger engineers and technologists and this is an aspect that I would like to develop further with other Council Members.

  • Forthcoming Events

    Jan
    2
    Wed
    2019
    7:00 pm The Cobb Land Speed Record Car @ BIRMINGHAM ThinkTank, Birmingham Science Museum,
    The Cobb Land Speed Record Car @ BIRMINGHAM ThinkTank, Birmingham Science Museum,
    Jan 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    A lecture by Dr Jim Andrew
    Jan
    9
    Wed
    2019
    5:45 pm The ‘Vergniais’ cast iron arch b... @ LONDON Dana Studio
    The ‘Vergniais’ cast iron arch b... @ LONDON Dana Studio
    Jan 9 @ 5:45 pm – 7:45 pm
    A lecture by Bernard Espion: The “Vergniais” cast iron arch bridges: a French capital venture in times of technological change (1850-1860)
    Jan
    10
    Thu
    2019
    7:30 pm Lecture TBC @ BRISTOL BAWA
    Lecture TBC @ BRISTOL BAWA
    Jan 10 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
     
    Jan
    15
    Tue
    2019
    6:30 pm Steam Reforming – The Technology... @ PORTSMOUTH Room PO 1.11, Portland Building, University of Portsmouth
    Steam Reforming – The Technology... @ PORTSMOUTH Room PO 1.11, Portland Building, University of Portsmouth
    Jan 15 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    A lecture by Dr Fred Starr: Steam Reforming – The Technology that Saved the Gas Industry, with special emphasis on Portsmouth Gas Works
    Jan
    28
    Mon
    2019
    6:30 pm Who Designed the Clifton Suspens... @ SHEFFIELD Kelham Island Museum
    Who Designed the Clifton Suspens... @ SHEFFIELD Kelham Island Museum
    Jan 28 @ 6:30 pm – 8:15 pm
    A lecture by Julia Elton: Who Designed the Clifton Suspension Bridge – Fact and Fiction. Construction of I K Brunel’s Clifton Suspension Bridge was abandoned in 1853 and not completed until 1864 to a different[...]
    Jan
    29
    Tue
    2019
    6:30 pm It’s not just about the robot! @ MANCHESTER Museum of Science & Industry
    It’s not just about the robot! @ MANCHESTER Museum of Science & Industry
    Jan 29 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    A lecture by Bob Bowden: It’s not just about the robot! The development of automated welding
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