UK Engineering

Science Fiction Meets Engineering Experts... And Asks For Their Favourite Fictional Invention

Dr Dame Sue Ion | Posted 21.02.2017 | UK Tech
Dr Dame Sue Ion

Can you remember the first time you watched Back to the future's DeLorean time machine speed towards its time travel speed of 88 miles per hour? Or did you dream of hearing your canine friend speak after seeing the translation collar in Pixar's Up?

'Hidden Figures' Highlights Unsung Female Engineers - But How Many More Are There?

Naomi Climer | Posted 17.02.2017 | UK Tech
Naomi Climer

This Friday (17 February) marks the release of the Oscar nominated 20th Century Fox film Hidden Figures, which resurrects the true story of three truly inspirational women who worked for NASA in the 1960s - and helped blaze a trail for mathematicians and engineers of all races and genders to follow.

The Wizzybug Wheelchair Giving Toddlers The Freedom To Express Themselves

Fiona Cromwell | Posted 24.01.2017 | UK Tech
Fiona Cromwell

At first glance, Florence appears to be like any other young, carefree toddler. Full of glee, light and mischief. But the toy-like device that she is seated in is not, in fact, a toy. It is a Wizzybug powered wheelchair. Florence was born with a disability which means she cannot walk.

Engineering Skills Are The Key To Achieving Sustainable Development And Reducing Foreign Aid Dependency

Wilson Nyemba | Posted 16.01.2017 | UK Tech
Wilson Nyemba

Engineers have a huge role to play in this. Engineers extract water from source, distribute it and ensure it is clean and safe to drink. They make the machines that manufacture medicines. Engineers convert power, be it hydroelectric, thermal or nuclear and distribute it to the public, and are doing so in increasingly green ways.

Are You Considering A New Year, New (Teaching) Career?

Mat Galvin | Posted 06.01.2017 | UK
Mat Galvin

I'd advise other people who are looking for a rewarding career change to consider teaching - especially if you like working with young people, are interested in a subject area or are keen to find a career path with a wide range of opportunities. Teaching always has been and always will be my way of tackling those January blues, and it could be yours too.

Is The Term 'Construction Industry' Outdated?

Sakthy Selvakumaran | Posted 25.12.2016 | UK Tech
Sakthy Selvakumaran

tech for good Using automation and AI to undertake routine functions could free up our supply of engineers for more creative tasks. Our engineers would control and steer the algorithmic optimisations set up for machines. We should embrace the opportunities this could create for global development.

Why Teaching Gives Me Goosebumps

Mat Galvin | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK
Mat Galvin

Of course teaching is not without its own challenges, but there are also many benefits and rewards that make the hard work worth it. I go home at the end of each day knowing that I've made a difference. Is that something you'd like to feel too?

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Nancy Atkinson-Turner | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK
Nancy Atkinson-Turner

Last week saw the long awaited Motorcycle Live show hitting the NEC. After a few months of spectacular new model launches, excitement was at a high a...

Holy Engineering Batman! One Day Soon We Could All Have Super-Powers

Will Stewart | Posted 20.11.2016 | UK Tech
Will Stewart

Last week was Tomorrow's Engineers Week - an opportunity to highlight to young people across the UK some of the exciting careers in modern engineering. Working with the IET and Mumsnet we answered questions put to us by parents and kids about superheroes and which powers could one day be a reality thanks to advances in engineering.

Less Talk, More Action Is Needed To Get Young People Into Engineering

Charis Lestrange | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Tech
Charis Lestrange

There are so many people who don't understand, like 12 year old me, and don't know the extent of the problems that engineers solve. These people could be our future engineers, our future workforce and our future students inspired to study maths and science at A Level.

We Need To Combat Outdated Stereotypes To Attract More Women Into STEM Careers

Dr Hayaatun Sillem | Posted 27.10.2016 | UK Tech
Dr Hayaatun Sillem

Engineering is so much more than this outdated stereotype. Engineering is about designing and delivering systems that facilitate education and healthcare, enhance quality of life, and help to eliminate global poverty. Engineers have been in the driving seat of social change for centuries - from bringing electricity to billions to helping to eradicate life-threatening disease.

Why Electronic Design Is Better Than Ever

Mohadesa Najumi | Posted 25.10.2016 | UK Tech
Mohadesa Najumi

Brands are constantly focusing on one unique thing that they think makes their product better than the other. Regardless of what advanced new hardware we have in our electronics, it's the PCB that makes everything possible.

I'm A Female Engineer, And I'm Sick Of Being Told I'm Doing A Man's Job

Zara Parkin | Posted 06.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Zara Parkin

I'm an apprentice welder and fabricator. I love my job, but I get negative comments from people when I tell them what I do and it needs to stop. Because I'm a female in a male-dominated environment, people say things to me like 'get back in the kitchen' or 'aren't you scared you might break a nail?'

Meet The World's First Autonmous, Soft Robot: A Tiny Octopus

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 25.08.2016 | UK Tech

American scientists have engineered the first self-contained, soft robot – an octobot with eight gas-powered arms. Moving without batteries or wires...

Nature Could Inspire The Creation Of 'Indestructible' Bridges

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 18.07.2016 | UK Tech

Scientists are investigating the possibility of creating indestructible bridges inspired by natural structures, according to a paper published by the ...

Robotic Trolley Could Help Elderly And Disabled People At The Supermarket

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK Tech

A Scottish schoolboy is the brains behind a robotic shopping trolley, which could help thousands of elderly and disabled customers with their weekly s...

Why Organisations Need to Join Forces to Bridge the Skills Gap in the Engineering Sector

Naomi Climer | Posted 24.06.2016 | UK
Naomi Climer

It's National Women in Engineering Day, a day dedicated to engineers joining forces and raising the profile of women in engineering. It's also a crucial time to inspire the engineers of the future, especially girls, to think about engineering as a modern, creative and exciting career choice.

Women In Engineering Day: Forging a Pathway for Girls in STEM

Eve Jardine-Young | Posted 24.06.2016 | UK
Eve Jardine-Young

From building oil rigs to working on biomechanical implant materials, engineering is a varied, innovative and inspirational global profession that is always evolving. Encouraging girls to actively consider a STEM career is crucial if our prospective designers, engineers, technologists and innovators are to have access to the full range of skills and talents needed to take on the challenges and opportunities of future generations.

Women in Engineering - It's Time to Tell Our Stories

Sakthy Selvakumaran | Posted 23.06.2016 | UK Tech
Sakthy Selvakumaran

This day celebrates all great works of engineering, to demonstrate to young women where such a career could take them. We need all engineers from all backgrounds - not only women - to help in raising profiles. So engineers, please tell your friends, families, children's neighbours, local schools etc. what you do and how your job makes a difference to society.

Fuel Subsidy: Roadblock on the Way to Innovation

Toby Peters | Posted 16.03.2016 | UK Politics
Toby Peters

The Government is asked to support environmentally friendly technologies every day. It's called on to invest in renewable generation and to subsidise electric vehicles. But in this case, it could actually make money while helping clean alternatives to diesel to flourish. It seems like one of the simpler decisions that the Chancellor would have to make this week.

Engineering a Career Path to the Top

Sakthy Selvakumaran | Posted 15.03.2016 | UK Tech
Sakthy Selvakumaran

What better time to celebrate careers in engineering, and the often unsung contribution engineers and technicians make to societies all over the world? There really is no better time to make a unique contribution of your own.

'... But You Don't Look Like an Engineer'

Ceri Linton | Posted 28.02.2016 | UK Tech
Ceri Linton

Ok, then, so what does an engineer look like? This isn't an existential or hypothetical question for me, I would genuinely like an answer. It is remarkable how often I tell people I am studying to be an engineer and the response is just that - Ceri, you don't look like one. It's frustrating that people have these archaic preconceptions!

Fitting Study Around Work Is Easy - And Could Lead To A World Of Opportunities

The Huffington Post UK | Georgia James | Posted 04.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle

For someone who left school at 16 with no desire to study A-Levels, engineer Michael Owen – or Michael Owen BEng (Hons) HNC EngTech AMIMechE to sta...

The Importance of Promoting STEM Subjects Across the UK

Coorous Mohtadi | Posted 05.01.2017 | UK Tech
Coorous Mohtadi

Whilst science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) have a profound impact on our everyday lives, we continue to see a lack of engagement from students of all ages in these subjects. This is despite STEM subjects being considered one of the accelerating forces for future economic growth across the UK.

A Student's Just Designed A Gun You Can Print Out At Home - And It Shoots Real Bullets

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 26.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education

A mechanical engineering student is claiming he's made history after designing the "world's first" 3D printed revolver - capable of firing real bullet...