Kilmarnock Engineering and Science Society

Kilmarnock is a town in East Ayrshire, Central West of Scotland which has a strong historic association with engineering and science. For most of the last century Kilmarnock was dominated by three major engineering companies; Glenfield and Kennedy (power plant accessories),

Andrew Barclay and Sons (locomotive manufacturers) and Blackwood and Morton (carpet makers - BMK). In addition Kilmarnock was the home of the engineering works of the Glasgow and South Western Railways (later in 1923 to become LMS) where around 400 locomotives were built. In science, Kilmarnock Academy is proud to claim two of its former pupils as Nobel Laureates; Alexander Fleming (The Nobel Prize in Medicine 1945) and John Boyd Orr (doctor and biologist and Nobel Peace Prize 1949).

In view of the strong association of Kilmarnock with engineering and science, a society entitled, “The Kilmarnock Engineering and Science Society” (KESS) was initiated in 2012 and hosted by Kilmarnock College as part of its Engineering Training

Aims, Membership and Activities
To educate, inform, entertain and enthuse members of the general public on topics in engineering and science through lectures, demonstrations or other appropriate modes of communication.
To help individual members and groups of members to further enhance their knowledge of engineering and science.
To liaise with schools, colleges and the general public in Kilmarnock towards promoting engineering and science.

Members may or may not have a professional background in any branch of engineering and/or science but are expected to have an informed interest.
Membership will be open to anyone, over the age of 16 years, who has an interest in engineering and/or science.

Regular meetings (notionally once per calendar month between October and March inclusive) will be held whence lectures/demonstrations will be presented. Accordingly, the Society will invite guest speakers in topics relevant to the aims of the Society. Lectures/demonstrations will, as far as is practical, be aimed at the widest possible spectrum of pre knowledge of the topic presented.
Periodically, and subject to demand, special lectures/demonstrations on either advanced topics, or, in topics to an advanced level, will be arranged on behalf of members who have an appropriate academic/professional background in that topic.
The Society will seek, welcome and respond to opportunities to liaise with the schools, colleges and other appropriate bodies of Kilmarnock and the surrounding district in the promotion of engineering and science.
The Society will arrange a short series of lectures/demonstration on topics in engineering and science for school pupils.