Guest Lecture from Professor of Practice John Iley


The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was delighted to welcome John Iley to give a guest lecture at the university’s School of Engineering this week.

John Iley lecture

The lecture was called “Engineering, Motorsport, Integration, and the Future,” and was for undergraduate students studying motorcycle or automotive engineering. It was also part of a conference being held at the School entitled "The Motorsport Student: FE to HE."

He said: “It is a great honour to be delivering this lecture to a room full of motorsport students today. I can’t think of a better CV to have than being able to say that as a student you worked on a motor vehicle that went on to compete, or maybe even win. That’s a good thing for a potential employer to see, it’s perfect in fact. I’m not involved with UWTSD by accident. I’m involved because it appeals.”

Mr. Iley was appointed Professor of Practice in 2017 and now works closely with the School’s motorsport engineering students. He is currently working with some of the students on motorsport aerodynamics projects alongside Lecturer Tim Tudor.

During the lecture, he was presented with an official document of recognition of his role within the school.

Jack Bringeland is an undergraduate student who attended the lecture. He said: "It was really interesting learning about the hidden aspects of F1, behind the scenes challenges, the day-to-day trials and how Red Bull problem solve."

John Iley has worked in motor sport for 27 years, the last 18 years in Formula one.  With a specialisation in aerodynamics and technical management he has been involved in programmes that have won many races, Drivers/Constructors/Team Championships in F1, Indycar, Sportscars and GT. In recent years John has been Head of Aero at Ferrari and McLaren before becoming Technical director at Caterham. After graduating from Coventry University, he worked on wind tunnel testing and data analysis of sports prototypes for Brun Technics.  In 1991, John was hired as aerodynamicist on the Allard J2X-C and Spice sports cars, and subsequently worked on Indycar development for Newman-Haas, Lola Cars and Swift Engineering. In 1997 John moved to Formula One with Jordan Grand Prix as a Senior Aerodynamicist, becoming Head of Aerodynamics in 1998. In 2002 he followed Mike Gascoyne to Renault F1, and then joined Ferrari in 2003 as Head of Aerodynamics. John joined McLaren Racing in 2010, later moving to Caterham F1 as Performance Director in 2012, inheriting the role of Technical Director in 2014.  John is currently the Director and Founder of ILEY DESIGN Limited. The company has been established to bring the knowledge, strategy and technology from the extreme competition environment of the race track and apply it not just to vehicles, but also to business and its products.  He also has a technical partnership with CFD experts TotalSim and works with them on a number of projects.

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