The President

Peter Vincent PSEE, BA, IEng, MIET, Hon. FSEE,

Peter Vincent

The current President of the SEE started work as a general engineering apprentice with a manufacturer of electric motors and generators.  He worked in the foundry, machine shop, assembly, test and finally the electrical design office.  After gaining a Higher National Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering he joined Lucas Automotive as a development engineer in screen wipers and car alternators, mainly on electrical design, using one of the very first mini computers in 1968.  A career change to vibration analysis saw his computer skills being used to transfer analogue analysis techniques to a digital approach at a time when the Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) was just coming out of the universities.  During this time Peter gained an Open University degree in mathematics and mechanics.

Following promotion and a time managing the Dynamics department he went on to become the Chief Engineer of the Lucas Proving Centre which provided a comprehensive test facility in vibration, temperature extremes, EMC testing and contamination.

Unexpected early retirement bought another career change for a few years with the opportunity to Project Manage refurbishment of some Lucas research buildings and build a new one.

In 2004 Peter joined the SEE Measurement Uncertainty Working Group whose brief was to produce a definitive specification to Measurement Uncertainty in Environmental Testing.  He subsequently became Chairman of the group with the completed work being presented at an SEE Convention in October 1998.  The work was subsequently adopted by TC 104 and offered as an international document in IEC 60058.

Peter joined the SEE in 1985 at a time when there was no internet and the Society’s meetings provided a way of interchanging specialist knowledge.  He was persuaded to join the Membership Committee and Council in 2000 and became Hon. Treasurer in 2012 serving in this post for 4 years.

Peter remains very busy in retirement; As well as working for the SEE he serves as a Deacon at his church and has chaired a local tennis club for many years.  Grandchildren and holidays are now becoming much more important!


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