We are delighted to invite all alumni from Manufacturing, Materials and Design (MMD) programmes to join us here at Cranfield University for the annual Manufacturing Alumni Awards Dinner and Lecture. 

The event recognises the winners of The Distinguished Manufacturing Alumnus Award and The Excellence in Achievement Award for Recent Manufacturing Graduates and gives delegates a great opportunity to network and catch-up with fellow manufacturing alumni.

About the awards:

  • The Distinguished Manufacturing Alumnus/a Award - The Distinguished Manufacturing Alumnus/a Award is Cranfield Manufacturing’s highest honour and recognises those individuals who have achieved significant success within their industry and sector while upholding the highest standards in business practice.
  • Excellence in Achievement Award for Recent Manufacturing Graduates - The Excellence in Achievement Award for Recent Manufacturing Graduates recognises those who have made significant progress in their careers within ten years of graduating/studying from Cranfield.  This award recognises those who have the potential to reach the highest levels of business success in the future. 

National Manufacturing Debate

The event will be following the National Manufacturing Debate event, taking place on Tuesday 19 May 2020 at Cranfield University. 

The National Manufacturing Debate is an annual event hosted by Cranfield University. The event brings together manufacturing professionals from a range of sectors to discuss and debate current challenges in the industry, and encourage networking and collaboration across the sector to enable continued and long-term growth.

The 2020 topic is: The opportunities of decarbonisation for the manufacturing sector.

This is a subject of great relevance to the world and the UK’s ambitious net zero CO2 targets. Most industry leaders are acutely aware that the concept of sustainability is firmly on everyone’s agenda with climate change effects impacting global supply chains and quality of life. It is considered critical to survive and thrive in the background of accelerating change, the UK manufacturing industry sector along with government bodies and institutions, need to adopt the right decarbonisation practices, policies and support strategies. Notable speakers from industry and academia will keynote and participate in a facilitated debate, giving the opportunity to connect the theme to the latest discourse on the country’s net zero targets.

With and the urgency placed on decarbonisation targets, manufacturing will continue to attract attention as the sector responsible for providing sustainable food, products, packaging and doing so with zero CO2. Giving tangible and practical examples of manufacturing’s state of play with decarbonisation, including opportunities for new business revenue is necessary so that an upbeat “can-do” approach to this important and complex issue can get momentum starting the debate with enthusiasm and hope that manufacturing can play a big role towards net zero and IPCC 1.5.

Keynote and panel speakers will be announced soon.

Programme & speakers

Hear from Dr Ayotunde Coker (MSc in Engineering and Management of Manufacturing Systems 1989), Managing Director/CEO, Rack Centre Limited, winner of the Distinguished Manufacturing Alumnus Award, who will be speaking at the event.

Location & travel details

Mitchell Hall, Cranfield Campus


Who should attend

All Manufacturing, Materials and Design Alumni. 

Cost & concessions

The event is free to attend.