The ACDMM (Advanced Course
in Design, Manufacture and Management) was finally recognised as
a university course, twenty years after its inception, and the Whittle
Laboratory was designated a University Technology Centre (UTC) by
Rolls Royce, thereby guaranteeing continuation of support. Rolls
Royce funded a new Professorship of Aerothermal Technology, a Chair
to which Professor Nick Cumpsty was elected.
The Soil Mechanics research group moved out to the Centrifuge Centre
at West Cambridge, leaving space for a 'Clean Room' to be constructed
for research into nanofabrication and microcircuits.
A new Aerodynamics lab was built on top of the Baker building to
accommodate a low turbulence wind tunnel.
A company, Cedar Audio Ltd, was formed with the financial backing
of the British Library and the Cable and Wireless Co. to exploit
work from the Signal Processing group, under the direction of Professor
Peter Rayner, on the restoration of degraded gramophone recordings.