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Guest Blog

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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 £10million 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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Widening the appeal of engineering

12 May 2014 | By Paul Jackson

The EngineeringUK Chief Executive explains the organisation’s role in the Your Life campaign.

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Making progress towards profits from graphene

9 May 2014 | By Iain Gray

Sorting the facts about the potential of graphene from the hype is becoming increasingly important for the Technology Strategy Board, as it seeks to support companies working towards commercial exploitation of the new material, as its chief executive explains.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Innovation as a contact sport

4 Feb 2014

In his latest Guest Blog, Iain Gray, chief executive of the Technology Strategy Board, explains how the launch of a new company, Knowledge Transfer Network Ltd, will help UK companies and research institutions to pool their resources and enhance the ‘contact sport’ of innovation

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Start of a momentous year for Carrier project

3 Feb 2014 | By David Downs

This is a big year for the Aircraft Carrier Alliance, with the float-out of Queen Elizabeth scheduled for the summer. Guest blogger David Downs presents his latest project update.

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The Era of Engineering

20 Jan 2014 | By Paul Jackson

The government is keen to promote engineering as a career that is vital to the future of the country, says EngineeringUK chief executive Paul Jackson in his guest blog; but it’s vital to make sure this momentum doesn’t plateau

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Welcome recognition

16 Jan 2014 | By The Secret Engineer

The presence of Ron Ayers - one of the UK’s most celebrated engineers - on this year’s honours list is cause for celebration writes our anonymous blogger

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Linking research with innovation

16 Jan 2014 | By Iain Gray

The chief executive of the Technology Strategy Board explains how Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) represent a good deal for all involved

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Could highway trains be the future of mass public transport?

14 Jan 2014

A new type of vehicle, combining electric ‘carriages’ and a diesel ‘locomotive’, could provide public transport on roads in the future. Guest blogger Richard Morris of MIRA explains.

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A call to arms

12 Dec 2013 | By The Secret Engineer

Our anonymous blogger proposes a radical festive solution to industry’s skills gap

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A big step forward in energy policy

29 Nov 2013 | By Iain Gray

The starting gun on the Hinkley Point C project is a signal for the Technology Strategy Board to up its efforts to establish a nuclear supply chain in the UK, says its chief executive

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A Big Bang at Parliament on 4th November

26 Nov 2013 | By Paul Jackson

The first Tomorrow’s Engineers Week showed the importance of promoting engineering careers to young people and demonstrating the importance of engineering to decision-makers, says the chief executive of EngineeringUK

The cost of peace

13 Nov 2013 | By The Secret Engineer

Our anonymous blogger asks why, with so many more pressing challenges facing humanity, conflict remains the most potent spur for innovation?

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Too many Institutions?

8 Nov 2013 | By The Secret Engineer

Engineers need to speak with one voice so could it be time to axe some institutions asks our anonymous blogger?

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Product design: first impressions count

29 Oct 2013 | By Stephen Phillips

It’s important for product designers to consider the appearance and shape of an object as well as its functionality, says guest blogger Stephen Phillips of Arup

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Recent promises are promising for tomorrow’s engineers

24 Oct 2013 | By Paul Jackson

EngineeringUK Chief Executive, Paul Jackson, is pleased by the government’s support for science and engineering careers, but sees the need to raise the awareness of young people to the attractions of technology

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Where's my life of unfettered indolence?

16 Oct 2013 | By The Secret Engineer

Our anonymous blogger asks whether technology designed to make life easier has actually had the opposite effect

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Queen Elizabeth settles down

11 Oct 2013 | By David Downs

Some tricky manoeuvres are accompanying the current phases of Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier project, as Carrier Alliance engineering director David Downs explains

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The economy is recovering but it’s not yet rebalancing

11 Oct 2013

Progress has been made but the government is in danger of undermining its own industrial strategy, says the CEO of manufacturers’ organisation EEF, Terry Scuoler.

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Creative differences

8 Oct 2013

The chief executive of the Technology Strategy Board muses on the common ground between engineering and the creative industries, among Britain’s top export earners

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