Monday, 02 March 2015

Guest Blog

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The emotional factor for successful products

17 Feb 2015 | By David Falzani

Companies need to think about how they can add ‘emotional value’ to their products, says Sainsbury Management Fellows’ president David Falzani

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Non-Safety Aids

16 Feb 2015 | By The Secret Engineer

The recent cold snap reminded our anonymous blogger why he likes to run an old car

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Deep impact

12 Feb 2015

Engineering has been shown to have a significant, positive effect not only on the economy but also on individuals’ lives, says Paul Jackson

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​Nearly getting arrested helped promote my business: why you should take risks to bring your engineering idea to life

11 Feb 2015 | By Laurence Kemball-Cook

Laurence Kemball-Cook, entrepreneur and inventor of the Pavegen tile that generates electricity from footsteps, explains why he had to break the rules to get his company off the ground.

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Next generation cars for the digital world

3 Feb 2015

With the increasing number of electronic devices available in vehicles at all levels of the market, automotive engineers face a difficult challenge in ensuring that drivers can expect good quality service from all the services available to them.

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How you can become a chief engineer

26 Jan 2015 | By Shaun Simmons

You can start to build the skills you’ll need to get to the top even before you leave university, says Shaun Simmons, managing director of engineering at Cordant Recruitment.

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Reflections on boundary crossing

19 Jan 2015

Iain Gray has now left his position as chief executive of Innovate UK, and looks back on what he learned about how diferent sectors influence each other in unexpected ways

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Volunteering my engineering skills has helped me change lives in Africa

14 Jan 2015 | By Sophie McPhillips

Sophie McPhillips, water engineer and NCE Graduate of the Year, explains why a placement with Engineers Without Borders is so rewarding and how you can get a start in international development.

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It's patently obvious – isn’t it?

13 Jan 2015 | By The Secret Engineer

Our anonymous blogger reflects on the development of the patent system, and wonders whether it’s still fit for purpose

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How to turn around the image of engineering

13 Jan 2015 | By David Falzani

Guest blogger David Falzani presents some practical ideas on how engineering can exploit emotional connections to make itself more attractive

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Despite sucesses, we still need more engineers

12 Jan 2015

Engineering contributed more than a quarter of the UK’s GDP last year, says the chief executive of Engineering UK, but we need to double the number of graduates and apprentices entering the industry.

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Turning dreams to reality is rarely risk free

18 Dec 2014 | By The Secret Engineer

Sad news reached my desk just as the last Secret Engineer Blog was sent.

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A year with the carriers

11 Dec 2014 | By David Downs

David Downs, Engineering director of the aircraft carrier alliance, looks back over the year which saw one carrier launched and the assembly of the second get underway

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Give entrepreneurial skills to engineers for better innovation

8 Dec 2014 | By David Falzani

In his first article for us, the president of Sainsbury Management Fellows calls for earlier training of engineers in commercial and business skills

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Roads to the future

4 Dec 2014

The recent infrastructure announcements underline the UK’s need for skilled engineers, and the community needs to work together to drive their creation

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A question of expectations

20 Nov 2014 | By The Secret Engineer

A new job, and some morale-boosting praise, prompts our anonymous blogger to ask why different companies appear to have different expectations of their engineers?

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May the Force be with the engineers

11 Nov 2014

The chief executive of InnovateUK confesses to his fear of Darth Vader and praises the efforts of engineers in the UK’s world-leading special effects industry.

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Boris and the Vacuum Cleaner

21 Oct 2014 | By The Secret Engineer

Manufacturers need to take the lead in persuading consumers to put efficiency before power writes our anonymous blogger

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A cheer for 'The Year of the Engineer'

6 Oct 2014

The chief executive of EngineeringUK was encouraged by some of the messages coming out of the recent Conservative Party conference

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Low Carbon Vehicles come of age

2 Oct 2014

The chief executive of InnovateUK explains the progress made in low-carbon vehicles

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Two carriers take shape at Rosyth Video

1 Oct 2014

David Downs, Engineering Director of the Aircraft Carrier Alliance, highlights the progress being made on the UK’s two new aircraft carriers.

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Giving engineers a voice in government

22 Sep 2014 | By The Secret Engineer

Our anonymous blogger calls on Britain’s engineers to engage in the political process

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Head start from blurred lines

15 Sep 2014 | By Iain Gray

The CEO of the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK, argues that blurring the lines between early stage research and commercialisation can give the UK a global head start in emerging technologies

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Tomorrow's engineers today

11 Sep 2014 | By Paul Jackson

Specialist teachers and expert advice are vital to help young people realise their potential if they want to go into engineering, says the chief executive of EngineeringUK

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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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Unsung heroes

17 Jun 2014 | By The Secret Engineer

Our anonymous blogger reflects on the role played by engineers in the D-Day landings

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Showcases to help inspire Video

9 Jun 2014 | By Paul Jackson

The White House’s annual STEM fair is a vital showcase to honour and recognise young innovators, and acts as a spur to get people involved in science, engineering and technology. The UK should follow suit with an event at 10 Downing St, argues the chief executive of Engineering UK

Quiet life is best for military vehicles

6 Jun 2014

Guest blog Tom Lee, Senior Engineer at MIRA, explains how military personnel can be protected from noise and vibration while on patrol in their specialist vehicles

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Unreasonable expectations?

22 May 2014 | By The Secret Engineer

Once an occassional phenomenon the super-tight timescale is increasingly seen as the “norm” by those at the top. But is this fair on those of us further down the food chain?

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How Your Life aims to boost both engineering and equality

19 May 2014 | By Paul Jackson

EngineeringUK Chief Executive, Paul Jackson explains how the government’s latest campaign is about more than gender equality, and how his organisation is working to meet its pledges.

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