Thursday, 24 April 2014


Engineering an alternative to a fossil carbon overdose

14 Apr 2014 | By Jason Ford

The latest IPCC report makes it very clear that its down to engineers to help avert catastrophes that may occur if the increase in global mean temperature is not limited to two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

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Engineering prizes reveal how human spirit drives technology

11 Apr 2014 | By Stephen Harris

The round-the-world solar flight attempt is the latest in a new era of technology competitions and challenges that could have a major impact on our world.

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A slowdown on high speed

7 Apr 2014 | By Jason Ford

Environmental and skills concerns add to the doubts over the future of the High Speed 2 project

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Your chance to learn more about the UK’s most exciting engineering projects

4 Apr 2014

The Skylon space plane, ExoMars Rover and Bugatti model 100P aircraft are among the projects to be showcased at this year’s The Engineer conference.

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The heat is on

31 Mar 2014 | By Jason Ford

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has isssued a startling warning of the impacts of climate change on agriculture, health, ecosystems and livelihoods across the world, while advances in the energy sector are up for discussion in London

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The hunt for flight MH370 pushes technology to the limit

28 Mar 2014 | By Jon Excell

The ongoing search for the missing Malaysian airlines flight is a powerful reminder of technological limitations

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The week ahead: Big Data, teenage sex, and Bridges over Troubled Waters

24 Mar 2014 | By Jason Ford

Alan Turing is commemorated in a new centre to handle data science, and one of the world’s foremost bridge-builders comes to the UK

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Niche vehicles prove UK's automotive strengths

21 Mar 2014 | By Stuart Nathan

All the unique strengths of UK engineering are on show in the niche vehicle sector, which is flourishing and attracting attention

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Higgins urges high-speed hurry

17 Mar 2014 | By Jason Ford

In Budget week, manufacturers are reporting high confidence, while the Chair of HS2 wants a Euston revamp and faster work on the northern section of the line.

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Tackling the oil and gas industry's image problem

14 Mar 2014 | By Stephen Harris

The impressive entries in BP’s student competition could help reduce the fossil fuel sector’s carbon footprint but will they address the skills shortage?

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The deepest horizon takes centre stage

10 Mar 2014 | By Jason Ford

Undersea technologies are on display this week in an exhibition showing unmanned underwater vehicles and other robotics

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A week that should remind us that apprenticeships are for all

7 Mar 2014 | By Stuart Nathan

While apprenticeships seem to be doing well across the UK, it’s important that the engineering sector doesn’t become complacent

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High hopes

15 Apr 2014 | By The Secret Engineer

The search for Flight MH370 has highlighted unrealistic public expectations of the capability of engineers writes our anonymous blogger


Aiming for the target

11 Apr 2014 | By Iain Gray

As the time for setting budgets approaches, the Technology Strategy Board’s chief executive explains how the TSB’s new action plan was developed


Changing minds and breaking records

10 Apr 2014 | By Paul Jackson

We are finally seeing an improvement in public attitudes towards engineering, says the chief executive of EngineeringUK

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Leveraging Your Learnings

7 Apr 2014 | By The Secret Engineer

Engineers must resist the temptation to adopt the nebulous jargon of the marketing department writes our anonymous blogger

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Harnessing the power of virtual sound development

4 Apr 2014

Paul Delderfield, NVH Technical Leader at MIRA, explains how MIRA uses simulation to obtain information on the sound charateristics of vehicles


Why large firms fail to live up to the lean dream

17 Mar 2014 | By The Secret Engineer

Our anonymous blogger questions whether large manufacturers are as lean as they like to think they are

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Vocational route to engineering needs support

7 Mar 2014 | By Paul Jackson

The support given by the UCAS system needs to be available for students who choose the vocational path into engineering careers, says Paul Jackson, the chief executive of EngineeringUK, ion his latest guest blog

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Catalysts accelerate innovation reaction

6 Mar 2014 | By Iain Gray

The Biomedical Catalyst programme is proving to be a model for building a bridge over the ‘valley of death’ between research and commercialisation, says Iain Gray, chief executive of the Technology Strategy Board, in his latest guest blog


The hollow ring of Olympic glory

26 Feb 2014 | By The Secret Engineer

Our anonymous blogger reflects on the unsung engineering heroes behind the recent Winter Olympics

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Tackling the talent pipeline

20 Feb 2014

No single group can have a monopoly on the development of engineers: employers, teachers, universities and trade unions must all play a role, says Paul Jackson, chief executive of EngineeringUK, in his latest guest blog.

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Shaping the sound of future vehicles

14 Feb 2014

Tom Lee, Senior Engineer at MIRA, explains how automobile manufacturers are tuning the sounds produced by the vehicles, both inside and outside the cabin.

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