Electronic & Electrical Engineering, Sheffield University, 1974/75 Student Intake
The following ‘rogues galleries‘ were displayed outside the office of the Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering, Sheffield University, on the first floor of the Sir Frederick Mappin (1) Building on Mappin Street, Sheffield, UK. The building houses the Sheffield University engineering departments. The displays boards were fairly iconic, as Electronic & Electrical Engineering students would walk past these displays on their way to lectures. Although the Sir Frederick Mappin Building remains remarkably unchanged since it was opened in 1904, in part due to it being a grade II-listed building, there have been some significant changes to the overall site such as the closure of the nearby St Georges church in 1981 and its conversion into lecture a theater and student accommodation by Sheffield University (1994) plus, the little lamented disappearance of the old portacabin cafe on Portobello Street!
In the following ‘rouges galleries‘, if you are interested in seeing higher definition versions (but much larger file sizes), click on the photographs.
The 1974 Entry to the Electronic & Electrical Engineering B.Eng Degree Scheme (below)
Finally, if you are interested in making connections with past colleagues, check out the Sheffield University Engineering Linked-in network or, of course, drop me an email.
(1) Sir Frederick Mappin (1821–1910), was a prominent Sheffield industrialist owning a cutlery company and steelworks who became one of the founding fathers of Sheffield University.
Personal Note: Early on in my life I realised that people (rather than things) have the power to make the most profound and lasting differences to all our lives. Of course, fundamentally we all need friends and Sheffield University introduced me to some extraordinary people, my fellow students, who shared experiences (academic and social) and many of whom remain life-long and cherished friends (you know who you are, so I will not embarrass you by listing you here!). Naturally, as a place of learning, our teachers play a pivotal role. Of the many fine teachers I had, I am especially indebted to Professor Keith Barker, who taught me digital electronics, supervised by final year undergraduate project, got me an EPSRC scholarship to undertake a PhD, opened an opportunity for me to start lecturing (at Sheffield University), organised a visiting position for me in the University of Connecticut and shaped my life to what I since became. Likewise, I recall with gratitude the important role that my co-PhD supervisor, Dr Doug Thomsit, played in that phase of my life. My account of my university life would not be complete without mentioning the extraordinary Dr Gywn Rowley, a geographer at Sheffield University, a truly adventurous and ‘larger than life’ academic, who instigated the Ferranti Market Research Terminal Project (Questronic), pressing University of Sheffield to become more interdisciplinary and entrepreneurial (a frustrating experience since he was ahead of his time) proving himself to be a role model for me, and a dear life-long friend.