Mr Keith Rayner

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1. Can you tell us about your role in the Institute of Orthopaedics?

Keith Rayner

My title is Research Development Engineer and put simply I make equipment, jigs for tests and prototype implants. My role in IOMS assists different members of staff & students wherever the need is, which adds variety and interest. I have been a member of the Institute of Orthopaedics for 22 years.

2. From a result of your work, what differences have been made?

I have been involved with every major project that has come out of BME in the last 20 years. Ie; ‘Non Invasive Growing Prosthesis’ , ITAP, I made the original prototypes for Dr Catherine Pendegrass’ research work on knee simulators, which sold all around the world. I pride myself that I have always made the best possible device to ensure its success.

3. What is a typical day for you?

There aren’t any typical days in my job, which is exactly why I enjoy it as much as I do. I can visit operations, travel out and see companies to organise sub-contract work, visit exhibitions or be based in the work shop.

4. Highlights of the past 12 months

I am at the forefront of all things new, so every project has been a highlight in its own individual way.

A particular highlight for me is the CNC machinery. In 2004 a CNC (computer numerical control) machine became available and after much discussion and deliberation the go ahead was given to buy it, it proved worth its weight and was a big step forward for BME. It made all of our work much more versatile and changed the whole face of the work we did, it was used every day and proved that more of this type of machinery was needed. Fortunately in 2008 a CNC Lathe was also purchased, again moving BME further ahead. So a highlight of the last 12 months was having a 4 axis machining centre purchased and installed in the workshop.

5. What are your plans for the next 12 months?

Amongst many other things going on, I will be learning how to operate the 4 axis machinery, and am hugely excited about the quality of work I know it will produce.

6. If you weren’t a Research and Development Engineer at UCL, what would your ideal job be?

It would be in Formula One, possibly as a Research and Development Engineer!

7. The person you admire most and why?

Colin Chapman – founder and owner of Lotus Car Company. He was such an innovative person and brought to the fore the aerodynamics of racing sport in general.

8. How do you relax?

Keith in his car

Being an engineer is part of who I am, it isn’t a 9-5 job and so engineering extends to my love of motor sport, which I have been involved with since the 1970’s. I built a kit car, (shown in picture) and drove this in the London to Brighton run for ‘Kit Cars and Replicas’. We have completed the run 4 times since 2006. Another of my hobbies was kart racing and my first race was in 1978, I continued to race up until 1983.

Around this time I injured my back in a racing incident. I then began to mentor Simon Tate, who was originally one of my apprentices in the Rolls Royce Apprentice Training Scheme. Simon has gone on to be a 3 times British Champion (Road Going Saloons) and was also ARP Formula 3 Champion and in 1997 was FIA GT3 Champion, I have thoroughly enjoyed being involved throughout his racing career.

I am currently restoring a Norton Commando 750 from 1969, which I hope to be on the road for a visit to The Isle of Man in 2014! 

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