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D-Day Engineering Challenges Topic of Monday UW Lecture


September 25, 2013 — Engineering challenges during the historic D-Day landings on June 6, 1944, are the focus of a lecture Monday, Sept. 30, at 3 p.m. in Room 1045 of the University of Wyoming College of Engineering Building.

Geoff Mason, a retired professor from the United Kingdom’s Loughborogh University, will be the speaker. A specialist in how engineering and technology have changed society, Mason says D-Day required a vast supply organization that centered on two artificial portable harbors that were constructed on open beaches.

“The design, construction, erection and operation of these was a vast engineering challenge,” he says. “They could not fail, which added management on top of the engineering problems.”

He will explain the background, philosophy and the off-the-wall solutions to the many engineering problems and about Pluto, the pipeline under the ocean.

Mason has lectured on World War II technical developments including magnetic landmines and the battle of the Atlantic. He is an adjunct professor at the UW Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, and has collaborated for more than 30 years with Professor Norman Morrow, UW’s John and Jane Wold Chair of Energy, on aspects of petroleum recovery.

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