Brian O’Rourke

Brian O’Rourke

Chief Composites Engineer

Williams Advanced Engineering

In the early stages of Brian’s career, he worked in the aerospace industry before joining Williams F1 in 1982. He is a CEng, FIMechE, MRAeS, MIMMM, Eur Ing. Visiting fellow at the School of Applied Sciences, Cranfield University.

Brian received the ‘ Outstanding Contribution to the Composites Industry’ award for lifetime achievement at the Composites UK Industry Awards in 2015.

Timeline of Brian’s Career

BAe Warton 1976-79: Stress Engineer.

Jaguar aircraft wing structure. Composite material projects stress group.

Northrop Aircraft Division, USA. 1979-81: Senior Stress Engineer.

F-18A rear fuselage composite material structures (tail fin, speed-brake, landing gear doors).

Williams Grand Prix Engineering Ltd. 1982-2018: Chief Composites Engineer.

Introduced, and has led, all aspects of composite materials technology. FIA crash-testing 1985 to present, witnessing >450 major impact tests.

Brian is currently continuing to work as a part-time consultant supporting composite activities and helping with in-house education.

Speaker sessions:

Keynote – Composites in Motorsport: A Historical Perspective at 09:30 on 22nd October 2019