UK Engineering

How We Engineer A Solution To The Skills Gap

Robyn Skelton | Posted 07.09.2017 | UK Tech
Robyn Skelton

Designed by Royal College of Art graduate Ryan Mario Yasin, Petit Pli employs the Negative Poisson's ratio to allow garments to expand in both directions - enabling them to continuously fit children as they grow. A neat solution to the problem of quickly outgrown clothing, so familiar - and frustrating - to parents.

Dyson Has The Coolest Approach To Every Employee's Worst Nightmare: Team Building Days

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 23.08.2017 | UK Tech

Nobody likes team building days. This is a known fact that has plagued businesses for years. Everyone piles into a room, wears a sticker with their na...

Car Problems? AI And Machine Learning To The Rescue!

Dmitri Tcherevik | Posted 10.08.2017 | UK Tech
Dmitri Tcherevik

By employing machine learning properly, businesses can prevent costly and reputation damaging recalls. This in turn minimises the need for businesses to issue recalls routinely, or for consumers to suffer the potentially dangerous fallout from faulty equipment.

Perceptions Of Women In Engineering Is No Joke

Emelia Galkowska | Posted 23.06.2017 | UK
Emelia Galkowska

Three engineers visit a school to talk about their careers: two men and a woman. One is a burly Yorkshireman, the other is a tall Southerner and the t...

It's Time For STEM Women To Step Forward

Victoria Tomlinson | Posted 11.05.2017 | UK Tech
Victoria Tomlinson

We're taught from a young age, especially if we're female, that modesty is a virtue. If someone compliments us, we should look embarrassed and deny all responsibility for it. If someone calls for volunteers we should look to the person next to us, even if we have the skills to do the task.

Parents Must 'Dare To Imagine' Their Daughters In STEM Careers

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 31.03.2017 | UK Tech

For 50 years, the Smallpeice Trust has been working to get more humans of both genders into STEM. Its methods, attitude and objectives have all evolve...

Do You Know The Agenda Behind Your School's STEM Provision?

Rhianna Louise | Posted 14.03.2017 | UK Tech
Rhianna Louise

Does your school take part in Science4Society Week? And does STEM learning there reflect the valuable thinking skills young people should develop, and the just and sustainable world we wish to see?

Rolling Up My Sleeves And Getting My Hands Dirty Is Everything I Thought It Would Be

Marissa Francis | Posted 12.03.2017 | UK
Marissa Francis

I'm 24 years old, I have a four-year-old daughter, and I'm an apprentice engineer at ABM UK. Sometimes people are surprised that a young woman would b...

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 25.06.2017 | 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.