Tuesday, 02 September 2014


There's the hub: airport decision imminent

1 Sep 2014 | By Jason Ford

The Airports Commission is due to announce whether or not it will take forward plans for an island airport hub in the Thames Estuary. 

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What makes an engineering hero?

29 Aug 2014

A new list of Britain’s engineering heroes reveals how our attitudes towards scientific achievement are changing

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Dawn of a new motorsport era needs a fresh attitude

22 Aug 2014 | By Jason Ford

Comparisons with Formula One are useless and misleading; Formula E is something new, designed for its setting

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Gearing up for Formula E Video

18 Aug 2014 | By Jason Ford

Pre-season testing begins this week for next month’s hotly anticipated all-electric motor-racing spectacular

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Pupils from the London Borough of Hackney's Academy of Excellence, Haggerston School and City Academy pass with flying colours

Helping the inner city spread its wings

15 Aug 2014 | By Jason Ford

Taking to the air without an engine is a thrilling exerience, and one that aerospace organisation The Air League is using to give inner-city students a taste for careers in the sector.


Imports warning for UK gas production

11 Aug 2014 | By Jason Ford

The National Grid has warned that the UK must invest in gas production to prevent becoming overwhelmingly dependent on imports

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Our tech-savvy teens need to know more than social media

8 Aug 2014 | By Stephen Harris

Young people’s confidence with technology is a great chance to get them interested in engineering, but we shouldn’t mistake it for true understanding.

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Farnborough figures mirror UK manufacturing growth trend

4 Aug 2014 | Updated: 4 Aug 2014 | By Jason Ford

The Engineer’s constantly chiming email alerts let us know that orders were buoyant during the Farnborough Airshow, while the CBI’s latest survey shows that is a trend across engineering sectors


Where is the plan to develop cities that aren't London?

1 Aug 2014 | By Stephen Harris

The capital wants £1.3 trillion for its next generation of infrastructure. The rest of the country needs to start thinking big if it wants to compete.

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Commemorating engineers' role in WW1

28 Jul 2014 | By Jason Ford

In the centenary year of the 20th Century’s devastating conflict, the spotlight falls on how British engineers supported the military effort while themselves making great sacrifices.

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Could engineers help improve the NHS?

25 Jul 2014 | By Stephen Harris

A new report calls for hospitals to have their own chief engineer. But would their skills be limited by a management role?

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The mechanisation of war

11 Aug 2014 | By The Secret Engineer

Our anonymous blogger reflects on the role played by engineers in the First World War

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Prince of Wales gets behind engineering education

11 Aug 2014 | By Paul Jackson

The Chief Executive of EngineeringUK explains how Prince Charles is lending his weight to engineering education

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The robot innovation challenge

8 Aug 2014 | By Iain Gray

The chief executive of the Technology Strategy Board explains how the UK is supporting R&D in the field of robotics and autonomous systems

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Integration makes the difference

5 Aug 2014

New guest blogger Dave Wykes explains the engineering problems behind developing electric vehicles, and how MIRA has approached them to develop a proposal for a hybrid urban commercial vehicle

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Army technicians engineer inspiration with Bloodhound SSC

1 Aug 2014 | By Major Oli Morgan

Education is an important part of the Bloodhound project, and Major Oli Morgan explains how the Army engineers seconded to the team are helping to raise awareness of engineering and enthusing Blooodhound’s young fans through hands-on projects

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Launching the Queen of the Navy

29 Jul 2014

On 4 July 2014 the Aircaft Carrier programme hit national headlines with the naming of HMS Queen Elizabeth. But as guest blogger David Downs explains, this marks the start of the most challenging phase of the build

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Out into the Big Wide World

15 Jul 2014 | By The Secret Engineer

A personal brush with the engineering skills shortage prompts our anonymous blogger to ask whether industry is making the best use of its young engineers

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Competition, innovation and picking races

8 Jul 2014

The chief executive of the Technology Strategy Board reflects on the results of the poll to pick the subject which will benefit from the £10m Longitude Prize

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Staying audible above electioneering

7 Jul 2014 | By Paul Jackson

The engineering community must be heard to influence the upcoming election manifestos, says the EngineeringUK chief executive

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Beautiful noise

26 Jun 2014

 With the British Grand Prix approaching, Mira senior engineer Tom Lee continue his series of articles on noise, vibration and harshness with a look at the current furore over the noise made by the new generation of turbo-equipped Formula One cars

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From rivets and looms to carbon fibre and biotech

20 Jun 2014 | By Iain Gray

The chief executive of the Technology Strategy Board visits Northern Ireland, and witnesses the regeneration of the province’s industrial capabilities

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