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Jon Excell Editorial

Jon Excell is editor of The Engineer

  • Driven by diversity

    18 Nov 2015

    Despite years of industry hand-wringing, dozens of targeted initiatives, pressure from government and dire warnings from all and sundry on the consequences of failing to deal with it – UK industry’s shameful gender divide shows little, if any, sign of narrowing.

  • Total immersion: the world's longest immersed tunnel

    13 Nov 2015

    Danish engineers are poised to begin construction of the world’s longest immersed tunnel.

  • The week ahead: automotive innovation and trends in renewables

    12 Oct 2015

    At its annual automotive summit this week, the SMMT plans to examine the trends that are shaping the sector, whilst a series of IET lectures on renewables will also look at some of the challenges that lie ahead.  

  • Redcar inaction could hit industry hard

    14 Oct 2015

    Could the governement’s refusal to rescue the Redcar steelworks come back to haunt the UK economy?

  • Hack to the future: why industry should fear the rise of cyber-espionage

    28 Oct 2015

    Last week’s Talk Talk cyber-attack is a fresh reminder that we should never be complacent about the threat posed by hackers

  • It's time for government to get serious about science

    11 Nov 2015

    Whilst it’s important to recognise the economic potential of a great idea, we should be wary of putting economics at the heart of all decisions to do with science and technology.

  • What does 'the great fall of China' mean for British industry?

    26 Aug 2015

    Global concern is growing over China’s economic turmoil. But could a weakened Chinese industrial base be good for the UK in the longer term?

  • April 1857 – the garrotte-proof cravat

    4 Sep 2015

    The murky streets of Victorian England could be a dangerous place. And in a world where strangulation was the killer’s favored technique the garrotte proof cravat provided some welcome protection

  • February 1896 - The gun bike

    4 Sep 2015

    Sometimes pedestrians just get in the way of cyclists, and no amount of bell ringing, horn honking, or friendly shouting will induce them to move. In 1896 The Engineer presented a somewaht extreme solution to this problem that thankfully never saw the light of day — a bicycle with a machine gun mounted on the handlebars.’

  • March 1856 - The hand-powered submarine

    4 Sep 2015

    Today’s submarines boast some of the most advanced propulsion systems ever developed, but back in the early days of underwater travel the means of propulsion was somewhat more primitive.

  • Jan 1856 – The Horse Tank

    4 Sep 2015

    Military minds wondering how to equip the modern soldier with the means to safely travel long distances while burdened with gadgets may like to consider reviving the idea of the horse tank - a startling concept in cavalry technology described in the first-ever issue of The Engineer.

  • July 1877 – The Anti sea-sickness couch

    4 Sep 2015

    Anderson’s Equilibrio Couch was designed to offer relief to green-gilled seafarers

  • Calling time on the majestic march of the pylons

    16 Sep 2015

    Could National Grid plans to replace pylons at UK beauty spots pave the way for a rethink on our future transmission network?

  • BAE demonstrates 'see-through' vehicle armour

    17 Sep 2015

    An advanced situational awareness system developed by engineers at BAE Systems enables a tank’s crew to see through their vehicle’s armour.

  • There's still time to register for our annual innovation celebration

    27 May 2015

    From the Rosetta mission and the UK’s new aircraft carriers to Industry 4.0 and the rise of reshoring, The Engineer Conference 2015 - which opens its doors on 2nd June - boasts an unmissable mix of inspiring projects and industry big hitters.

  • UK “airship” firm receives €2.5m funding boost

    10 Apr 2015

    UK firm Hybrid Air Vehicles has been awarded €2.5m of European funding to refine the development of it’s “lighter-than-air” hybrid aircraft technology. 

  • Can technology save the NHS?

    21 Apr 2015

    Digital devices able to remotely monitor a range of conditions could help get the health service off the critical list

  • Added value: the rise of multifunctional 3D printing

    14 May 2015

    UK-led advances in 3D printing could one day lead to techniques able to produce entire electronic devices in one shot. Jon Excell reports

  • Flight of fancy

    15 May 2015

    Civil aviation has seen some astonishing developments throughout its history, but could it now be on the brink of even more startlingly-disruptive change?

  • Industry 4.0. Do you know what it is yet?

    20 May 2015

    Industry 4.0 is changing the world of manufacturing, but what - if anything - does it mean for the UK’s SME heartland?

  • Manufacturers show appetite for change

    2 Jun 2015

    From industry 4.0 to 4D printing, delegates at the opening day of The Engineer’s 2015 conference learned about the technologies that are shaping the future of manufacturing

  • Crossrail tunnellers make final breakthrough

    5 Jun 2015

    After almost three years of continuous excavation Crossrail’s 26 miles of tunnels are now complete

  • The sound of silence: industry waiting by the phone for BIS call

    10 Jun 2015

    The UK engineering industry is yet to hear from the new business secretary about his plans for the future. Should it be worried?

  • Industry's gender divide takes centre stage

    22 Jun 2015

    It’s national women in engineering day this week, and though there’s plenty to celebrate, industry’s gender gap shows few signs of closing

  • Sprinkling stardust on industry’s skills problem

    24 Jun 2015

    Engineers are notoriously bad at telling the outside world why they’re so great. Perhaps they should let Hollywood do it for them?

  • Almost half of UK engineers considering change of job survey reveals

    29 Jun 2015

    41 per cent of UK engineers are considering a change of job, according to the results of The Engineer’s 2015 salary survey

  • Spring time for CCS

    8 Jul 2015

    The oil & gas sector’s finally getting serious about large-scale carbon capture and storage (CCS). But what’s behind this technology push? And does it really matter?

  • Should we be worried about the hackable car?

    22 Jul 2015

    Following a number of recent incidents, security researchers are becoming increasingly concerned about the security of our increasingly connected vehicles.

  • Will Japan's nuclear restart restore global confidence in atomic energy

    12 Aug 2015

    The news that Japan has taken its first tentative post-Fukushima steps back into the nuclear fold should help restore global confidence in a technology that many view as essential in the worldwide quest to reduce carbon emissions

  • UK to trial on-the-go charging for electric vehicles

    13 Aug 2015

    Technology that could allow drivers to recharge electric vehicles whilst on the move is set to be trialled in the UK.

  • Is there a business case for Scottish independence?

    27 Aug 2014

    Unpicking the complex links that unite Scotland with the rest of the United Kingdom would be a painful process. But what might it ultimately mean for industry?

  • September 1860: Fisher’s washing machine

    2 Sep 2014

    Nearly half a century before the world’s first electric domestic washing machine was introduced The Engineer reported on a novel domestic washing machine that employed a strikingly different concept to today’s rotary machines.

  • The week ahead: Education, low carbon vehicles and the future of manufacturing

    8 Sep 2014

    The debate on the readiness of engineering graduates for the realities of a career in industry looms large this week

  • Working together in perfect harmony

    12 Sep 2014

    Could a new generation of “human-ish” industrial robots able to work alongside their human counterparts help spread automation to even the smallest of engineering firms?

  • EEF chief warns of political and economic disaster if Scotland votes "Yes"

    15 Sep 2014

    The Scottish chief executive of UK manufacturers’ association EEF claims that independence could turn Scotland into an economic wasteland.

  • Warfighter wearables: how advanced display technology is shaping the soldier of the future

    17 Sep 2014

    Head-mounted virtual and augmented reality display technology is beginning to make a mark in the defence sector.

  • Why does the UK still have so few female engineers?

    19 Sep 2014

    With the well publicised engineering gender gap showing few signs of closing, efforts must now be focused on ensuring that industry hangs onto its most talented women.

  • Is the Rockefeller family really getting out of oil?

    24 Sep 2014

    The decision by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund to divest its oil investments is certainly symbolic, but is it significant?

  • UK researchers to protect factories from cyber-attacks

    1 Oct 2014

    A £2.5m research program aims to help protect internet connected industrial control systems from cyber-attacks.

  • Right track: rail sector career guide for graduate engineers

    8 Oct 2014

    Both in the UK and overseas rail is a rapidly growing sector that offers great opportunities to engineers of all disciplines

  • Is short-termism damaging the oil industry?

    8 Oct 2014

    An emphasis on short term profits hasn’t hurt the fossil fuel sector in the past, but could the lack of a long term plan now be damaging its prospects?

  • October 1960: High speed wind tunnels

    15 Oct 2014

    In October 1960, The Engineer reported on the opening of two new high speed wind tunnels at the Warton Aerodrome, near Preston. 

  • The holly and the UAV

    22 Oct 2014

    The rise of the do-it-yourself drone - which looks destined to become one of this year’s most popular festive gifts - is raising security and privacy concerns that could have implications for the wider UAV industry

  • Introducing The Student Engineer

    27 Oct 2014

    The Engineer launches a new website aimed at engineering students and graduates

  • Mercedes F1 power unit honoured as outstanding example of British engineering

    30 Oct 2014

    The team behind the power unit at the heart of Mercedes’ recent Formula One success has been awarded the 2014 Dewar Trophy for outstanding British technical achievement in the automotive industry.

  • October 1933: The Post Office Research Station

    5 Nov 2014

    The Engineer reported on the opening of an r&d centre that played a starring role in some of the UK telecomms industry’s defining moments

  • Wi-Fi detection system sees through walls

    6 Nov 2014

    UK researchers have demonstrated a target detection system that uses existing Wi-Fi signals to track and monitor moving bodies through walls.

  • Should we fear the rise of the robots?

    14 Nov 2014

    If you’re paid less than £30,000 a year then it might be time to start looking nervously over your shoulder, because according to a new report out this week you could soon be replaced by a robot.

  • Driven by diversity: Bechtel's global rail boss Ailie MacAdam

    18 Nov 2014

    Ailie MacAdam, one of the UK’s top engineers, is determined to use her success to inspire industry’s next generation of women

  • Just two years after graduating, this engineer watched his cameras installed on the International Space Station

    19 Nov 2014

    For as long as he can remember Mike Salter has wanted to work in the space industry and a slot on RAL Space’s graduate scheme enabled him to make an instant mark on his chosen field.

  • Why and how industry can do more to retain its female engineers

    21 Nov 2014

    The Engineer’s latest Women In Engineering special reports that while there’s tentative evidence that more women are pursuing an engineering career, industry can do more to ensure they stay.

  • Skills fears grow in a quietly confident industry

    26 Nov 2014

    According to a report out today UK engineers are feeling more upbeat and confident about both their own and industry’s prospects than they have for ages. Are you one of them?

  • Model railway to maintain reliability and cut costs

    5 Dec 2014

    A project to create a detailed digital model of the UK’s rail network is predicted to save up to £1bn over the next decade. 

  • Chernobyl's giant shield takes shape

    16 Dec 2014

    Engineers have made huge progress on the construction of Chernobyl’s New Safe Confinement, an immense shield that will replace the infamous reactor’s crumbling sarcophagus

  • Can technology help the health service off the critical list?

    28 Jan 2015

    Politicians are missing a trick by failing to recognise the role that engineers could play in alleviating the UK’s healthcare crisis.

  • The pod car: radical vision of our transport future or technological cul-de-sac?

    11 Feb 2015

    It’s unlikely that driverless “pod cars” will reshape our urban transport systems any time soon. But the latest UK developments in the field might help address some of the wider challenges around autonomous vehicles.

  • Proving factory aims to fill gaps in UK automotive supply chain

    16 Feb 2015

    Business secretary Vince Cable has formally launched a new manufacturing initiative aimed at helping small technology firms industrialise innovative automotive propulsion technologies

  • February 1906: The valveless motor car

    25 Feb 2015

    The early 20th century was awash with automotive innovations, some of which went onto to dominate the industry over the following decades, whilst others didn’t quite have the transformative impact their inventors expected.

  • Auto industry shows appetite for change

    4 Mar 2015

    The announcements from this year’s Geneva motor show are a reminder that industry’s doors are well and truly open to developers of disruptive technology

  • Commons transport committee sounds warning on driverless cars

    6 Mar 2015

    Driverless cars could improve road safety and benefit the economy, but government must draw up clear plans for how they will be regulated, an influential group of MPs has claimed.

  • Inside the proving factory

    17 Mar 2015

    A new facility is helping small technology firms to scale up and become part of the automotive supply chain.

  • Could smart software kill the designer?

    10 Apr 2015

    Next generation artificially intelligent engineering software will take many decisions out of the designer’s hands. Should engineers be worried?

  • June 1959: The birth of the hovercraft

    18 Jun 2014

    Fifty five years ago this week The Engineer reported on the development of the first hovercraft

  • May 1937 - The Hindenburg disaster

    8 May 2013

    The destruction of the Hindenburg brought the age of the airship to a shocking close. In 1937 The Engineer reported on the design and construction techniques behind this iconic aircraft.

  • Bright future - the growth of the UK solar sector

    13 May 2013

    The UK’s solar power resource has gone from nothing to 2.5GW in just a couple of years and is expected to rise to 20GW by the end of the decade. Jon Excell examines the factors behind the sector’s rapid growth

  • EU threats could strangle solar growth

    15 May 2013

    Proposed EU tariffs on low cost Chinese solar cells risk destroying an industry that still has plenty to offer European businesses and consumers

  • May 1955 - The British motorsport industry

    21 May 2013

    Stirling Moss’s victory in the Mille Miglia prompted The Engineer to indulge in some harsh criticism of the British motorsport sector

  • Day Two: The cutting tools strike back

    7 Jun 2013

    With the second day of The Engineer conference focused on a host of advanced manufacturing techniques, it often seemed as though the more traditional tools on the exhibition floor outside were mounting some sort of noisy protest at the impudent young pretenders being discussed within.

  • In the wings: recreating the Bugatti 100P

    13 Jun 2013

    More than 70 years after Bugatti’s only aircraft was hidden from the Nazis a painstaking reproduction of this never-flown plane is poised to take to the skies. Jon Excell reports

  • The rise of the micro air vehicle

    13 Jun 2013

    Tiny “drones” that can be launched from the palm of a soldier’s hand are helping to reshape military reconnaissance. Jon Excell reports

  • German engineers unveil plug-in Aston Martin

    14 Jun 2013

    Could a plug-in hybrid version of Aston Martin’s DB9 - shown to the press earlier this week - signal a greener, quieter future for a marque more readily associated with the roar of a V12 engine?

  • Bosch unveils smartphone enabled self-parking system

    18 Jun 2013

    Bosch engineers have developed a smartphone-enabled autonomous parking system that could enter production by 2015

  • Your robot car is here....almost

    19 Jun 2013

    Like directed energy weapons; gesture controlled computers; bionic limbs; and wearable computing, the autonomous vehicle is yet another staple of science fiction that’s edging ever closer to reality.

  • Shetland gears up for fresh oil boom

    28 Jun 2013

    Shetland - Britain’s rocky sub-arctic outpost - is, according to the office of national statistics “the happiest place in the UK”. And visiting the island this week, it was easy to see how it has earned that distinction.

  • Tread carefully around the green shoots of recovery

    3 Jul 2013

    Talk of “green shoots” never fails to remind me of the wonderful Hal Ashby movie “Being There”, in which an illiterate gardener played by Peter Sellers ends up advising the US president on economic policy

  • The age of the thoughtful driver

    12 Jul 2013

    Will the car of the future be controlled by nothing more than a driver’s brain-waves?

  • Is there an end in sight to Boeing's Dreamliner "nightmare"?

    17 Jul 2013

    Boeing’s revolutionary but beleaguered jet has some way to go before it inspires the confidence enjoyed by the aircraft it was supposed to replace

  • This week in 1909: Latham's cross channel flight attempt

    24 Jul 2013

    Hubert Latham’s pioneering attempt to fly across the channel was unsuccessful, but at least he became the first person land a plane on a body of water

  • Autos on autopilot: the evolution of the driverless car

    5 Aug 2013

    Jon Excell reports on the gradual process of developing a truly driverless vehicle for the world’s roads

  • What do young people really think about engineering?

    14 Aug 2013

    Small-scale surveys of youngsters’ attitudes to engineering are of limited use. What we need now is a comprehensive nationwide review.

  • This week in 1936 - the dawn of TV broadcasting

    20 Aug 2013

    The Engineer paid a visit to London’s Alexandra Palace to examine a trial of television broadcasting technology

  • Business leaders call on government to abandon HS2 "folly"

    27 Aug 2013

    A new survey of UK business leaders represents another knife in the back for HS2. 

  • September 1899 - The world's largest ship

    4 Sep 2013

    Built for the White Star Line, the RMS Oceanic was the world’s largest ship. The Engineer reported on her maiden voyage.

  • Calling all women engineers

    13 Sep 2013

    Industry says it is determined to attract more female engineers. We want to hear your thoughts on whether its efforts are working

  • September 1923: The world’s most powerful lifeboat

    18 Sep 2013

    A new lifeboat for New Brighton was the most advanced of its kind in the world

  • Lightspeed champion?

    19 Sep 2013

    A radical new design could help propel a Cambridge University team to solar car glory. Jon Excell reports

  • Labour energy proposals anger industry

    25 Sep 2013

    Ed Miliband’s pledge  to take on the fuel giants could cause more problems than it solves.

  • October 1918: Meet the Fokker

    2 Oct 2013

    With the First World War almost over The Engineer looked in detail at The Fokker Single-Seater Biplane: a German fighter designed to replace Fokker’s rather accident-prone triplane.

  • Through the looking glass

    9 Oct 2013

    It’s arguably the most hyped product in the history of consumer electronics - but is Google Glass destined to make more of a mark as a professional tool?

  • Reasons to be cheerful about the UK aerospace sector

    14 Oct 2013

    The UK boasts the world’s second largest aerospace sector, but it doesn’t get the credit it deserves. Jon Excell and Stuart Nathan examine the sector’s success stories.

  • Missing the Hinkley point

    23 Oct 2013

    It’s a great time to be a nuclear engineer……if you’re French, or possibly Chinese, but what could the Hinkley Point C go-ahead mean for UK industry?

  • October 1946  - Westinghouse unveils the Electropult

    30 Oct 2013

    Yet to make their mark in military or civil aerospace, electromagnetic launch systems were already under development over sixty years ago

  • Minority report

    4 Nov 2013

    Women engineers are at the heart of some of the UK’s most inspiring engineering projects. Jon Excell reports

  • Wild West: the technology that's opening up the UK's new fossil fuel frontier

    11 Nov 2013

    Advanced technology is helping the oil and gas industry exploit the huge reserves to the west of Shetland. Jon Excell reports

  • Dare to dream

    13 Nov 2013

    Could HS2 represent an opportunity to recapture the pioneering spirirt of our Victorian forebears?

  • The week ahead: should immigration fill the skills gap?

    18 Nov 2013

    Delegates to one of this week’s key events will discuss whether the solution to industry’s skills shortage is to import more engineers from overseas.

  • November 1913: Flight - It’ll never take off

    19 Nov 2013

    A decade on from the Wright Brothers’ powered flight landmark The Engineer was unconvinced that aviation had much of a future as a civilian mode of transport.

  • Government: help or hindrance?

    27 Nov 2013

    The relationship between industry and government has come under the microscope in recent days

  • Mind over matter

    13 Dec 2013

    Engineers will be at the heart of efforts to defuse the ticking dementia time-bomb.

  • January 1946: waiting in the wings

    8 Jan 2014

    Experimental jet-propelled aircraft were at an advanced stage of developement in the early 1940s but failed to have an impact on the outcome of the war

  • Airpocalypse now

    17 Jan 2014

    With many of its cities choked by a blanket of toxic smog, China is leading the biggest investment in renewables the world has ever seen

  • Inside the RNLI's latest lifeboat

    20 Jan 2014

    The development of the Shannon class lifeboat is a tale of design and manufacturing innovation. Jon Excell reports.

  • Stratasys unveils full-colour 3D printer

    28 Jan 2014

    A 3D printer able to print full colour plastic models with a range of mechanical properties has been unveiled by US firm Stratasys.

  • The wrong type of economic growth?

    29 Jan 2014

    The UK’s economic growth is welcome, but it is not the result of a rebalanced economy.

  • Crossrail trains deal "shot in the arm" for UK rail sector

    7 Feb 2014

    The decision to award the Crossrail rolling stock contract to Bombardier will bring jobs and money to one of Britain’s most important industrial sites

  • We need to talk about Trident

    12 Feb 2014

    With austerity continuing to bite, and the debate over cuts in funding to vital services such as flood defences at fever pitch, Britain’s humongously expensive Trident replacement program has rarely looked like more of an anachronism.

  • ​This week in 1959: A rare sighting of the Seaslug

    19 Feb 2014

    The Engineer gets its first look at the The Armstrong-Whitworth “Seaslug”, the UK Navy’s first guided surface to air missile

  • Searching for skilled engineers

    26 Feb 2014

    Whilst no-one would argue against the importance of inspiring the next generation, UK industry needs skilled, experienced engineers now. 

  • Walking on water

    28 Feb 2014

    In the first of a new series of “unusual challenges” we ask readers to devise a concept system that could enable a person to walk across the English Channel.

  • Bringing it all back home

    3 Mar 2014

    Delegates to this week’s National Manufacturing Conference will hear how British firms are increasingly moving production back to the UK

  • Inspiring the next generation of engineers

    12 Mar 2014

    Although the sector frequently beats itself up about salaries and public perceptions - engineering is in fact spectacularly well placed to appeal to young people.

  • The hunt for flight MH370 pushes technology to the limit

    28 Mar 2014

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

  • Robotic submarines make waves in the oil and gas sector

    15 Apr 2014

    The changing demands of the offshore energy sector are driving the uptake of unmanned submarines.

  • Farringdon: the birth of a station

    15 Apr 2014

    Awkward geology and an ambitious scope make Farringdon station one of Crossrail’s most significant challenges. Jon Excell reports

  • Join us for a celebration of engineering innovation

    30 May 2014

    There’s still time to book your place at The Engineer conference 2014

  • Buy British but be careful

    14 May 2014

    Pfizer’s proposed takeover of AstraZeneca is worrying for the UK’s science base but, if lessons are learned from other areas of industry, doesn’t have to be disastrous

  • May 1958: the collapsible helicopter

    21 May 2014

    Small enough to be carried benath an aricraft’s wing or on a car’s roof rack the Hiller XROE 1 rotorcycle  - a collapsible singe-seat helicopter - generated great excitement when it was demonstrated in London in 1958.

  • The connected world and beyond

    4 Jun 2014

    The first day of The Engineer conference gave glimpses of the future of manufacturing, the importance of long-term investment and how we will continue to explore our neighbouring planets

  • ​Nine things we learned at The Engineer conference 2014

    10 Jun 2014

    From curious technical challenges to the mega-trends shaping industry’s future, delegates to The Engineer Conference 2014 left with plenty to think about.

  • Dr Stefan Hartung - Bosch energy and building technology chief

    16 Jun 2014

    Domestic and commercial building technology can help to save the planet - argues one of Bosch’s top engineers - but only if it’s nice to use. Jon Excell report

  • The rail sector must innovate fast to meet tomorrow's challenges

    25 Jun 2014

    Arup’s crystal ball-gazing report on the future of rail technology raises some interesting questions about the pace of development in the sector

  • July 1873: High speed rail

    2 Jul 2014

    An editorial from the early days of The Engineer illustrates our long-held obsession with rapid train travel

  • Lockheed Martin technology chief Dr Ray O Johnson

    8 Jul 2014

    The technology chief at the world’s biggest defence firm talks to us about laser weapons, unmanned systems, quantum computing and the future of manufacturing

  • Hailing the driverless taxi

    11 Jul 2014

    Autonomous urban transport technology will fundamentally change the way we get from A to B

  • Power games

    23 Jul 2014

    The current stand-off with Russia should prompt us to get serious about energy independence

  • The developing climate for change

    13 Aug 2014

    Despite accounting for a rising share of greenhouse gas emissions, developing nations are investing heavily in the technology that could help address climate change

  • Forgemasters cut puts brakes on UK's nuclear ambition

    18 Jun 2010

    In cancelling the £80 million loan to Sheffield Forgemasters, the government has missed a gold-plated investment opportunity.

  • Fairey Rotodyne was the future of aviation

    27 Jun 2010

    Aviation Concept more than a flight of fancy

  • Osborne ignites the bonfire of the quangos

    30 Jun 2010

    As its pledge to tackle the quangos gathers pace, the government must be careful not to turn its back on the UK’s rich pool of forward looking innovators. 

  • Meet LEMV: the first of a new generation of advanced military airship

    12 Jul 2010

    US and UK engineers have joined forces on the development of an advanced reconnaissance vehicle that could breath new life into the world of airships

  • Innovation is key for future of civil aerospace sector

    12 July 2010

    There’s a palpable note of relief to the civil aerospace sector’s pre Farnborough posturings

  • Light materials hold hefty potential for UK

    26 July 2010

    The UK must quickly build on its expertise if it’s to cash in on the growing use of composite materials

  • Forgemasters saga raises concerns over coalition business policy

    28 Jul 2010

    The news that Forgemasters has suspended work on its giant nuclear-industry forge press marks a new low in a saga that continues to raise more questions than it answers.

  • Simon Howison, engineering director, BAE Systems Military Air Solutions

    16 August 2010

    Air of Austerity: Despite the challenges facing the defence sector, BAE’s top military aerospace engineer is optimistic

  • Defence review should trigger Trident debate

    16 August 2010

    The long-awaited defence review, coupled with the announcement that the MoD will have to foot the bill for a Trident replacement, could have a profound impact on the UK’s defence industry. Meeting the estimated £20bn cost of the nuclear programme from a budget running at around £35bn would, most observers agree, make it impossible to maintain current capabilities.

  • To imitate or innovate? The challenge facing electric car designers

    6 Sep 2010

    Not long ago battery-powered cars were seen as a bit of a joke. No coverage of the technology was complete without a gag about milk floats or a sniggered reference to the Sinclair C5. And the diminutive G-Wiz, the first all-electric car to appear in anything like significant numbers on UK roads, did little to dampen the derision.

  • A good Olympic story that needs to be told

    19 Sep 2010

    To ensure a truly lasting legacy, 2012’s innovators should be allowed their moment in the sun

  • Impending science cuts are bad news for engineers

    4 October 2010

    Cuts to the science budget will jeopardise the critical, and often unquantifiable, relationship between ’blue-sky’ scientific research and engineering innovation

  • Few surprises in defence review

    19 Oct 2010

    In the end there was little in the defence review that the numerous leaks didn’t prepare us for : the two carriers are saved (although one will not enter service) Trident will be replaced, Harrier will be retired, and the Nimrod spy plane will be cancelled.

  • The 2010 shortlist: the full breadth of the UK's technology landscape

    Awards 2010

    The Engineer is delighted to present the final shortlist for the 2010 Technology and Innovation Awards

  • Offshore momentum makes powerful case for state funding

    3 Nov 2010

    The government’s decision not to cut £60m funding to overhaul ports is welcome news for the UK’s stuttering wind turbine manufacturing industry.

  • The robot will see you now

    15 November 2010

    A criticism sometimes levelled at the UK’s health service is that it’s become depersonalised. Little wonder then that the rise of medical robots - and the notion of replacing the human clinician with a machine - is regarded by many with horror.

  • Are we investing too much hope in a manufacturing led recovery?

    24 Nov 2010

    Talk of putting manufacturing at the heart of the economy is becoming so common these days that it’s in danger of becoming a slightly tired refrain. But are we placing unrealistic expectations on the shoulders of industry by viewing manufacturing as an economic silver bullet?

  • Uncertain road ahead for British car industry

    29 November 2010

    While electric cars may be the ultimat end-point for personal transportation, the internal combustion engines still have the potential for development, as UK-based engineers are discovering

  • Proton beam therapy comes of age

    13 Dec 2010

    Particle accelerators that can blast tumours with pinpoint accuracy are entering the medical mainstream.

  • Skills, funding and other burning issues

    13 December 2010

    Skills; the profile of engineers; funding priorities: three subjects guaranteed to engage, enrage and polarise the opinions of The Engineer ’s readers.

  • TSB fleshes out UK technology centre plans

    6 Jan 2011

    Plans to create a UK network of technology centres designed to bridge the gap between research and commercialisation move a step closer to fruition

  • Engineering sustainable population growth

    12 Jan 2011

    A new report published by the IMechE exmaines the role engineers can play in meeting the challenges of a population overload

  • Sheffield festival aims to bring manufacturing to the masses

    19 Jan 2011

    As a new initiative to champion engineering is launched the UK manufacturing industry is feeling optimisitic about its future. But it can’t afford any more missed opportunties

  • Manufacturing growth needn't cost a fortune

    31 Jan 2011

    Conveniently for the government the message from industry appears to be that it needn’t cost a fortune to advance UK manufacturing; that creating the right conditions and removing the barriers to economic growth doesn’t have to be expensive.

  • Bright candidates for government finance

    14 February 2011

    The notion that industry backers will always step in when government stands back is a dangerous misconception

  • Brompton managing director Will Butler-Adams

    28 February 2011

    Hinge benefits: Brompton’s ebullient MD is pedalling the maker of the iconic folding bike into the 21st century.

  • Keeping our eyes on a volatile natural world

    March 2011 Online

    In the wake of any natural disaster the question of whether technology could have helped to save lives is inevitably asked.

  • Technology transfer is good for your health

    14 March 2011

    Engineering challenges are rarely solved in isolation: technologies developed in one sector frequently have their biggest impact elsewhere, and the medical sector is no exception

  • Motion compensation technology could enable surgery on moving organs

    14 March 2011

    Advanced techniques that account for the beating of the heart or the movement of the lungs promise to revolutionise a range of invasive and non-invasive therapies

  • Could Fukushima derail the UK’s nuclear new build plans?

    16 Mar 2011

    Japan’s ongoing nuclear crisis has inevitably led to questions over the wisdom of putting nuclear generation at the heart of our future energy mix, but now is not the time for knee-jerk reactions

  • Rules of engagement

    30 Mar 2011

    Surprised reactions to the crowning of an engineer as businesswoman of the year are a chastening reminder of the scale of the sector’s engagement problems.

  • UK researchers pioneer development of robotic bureaucrats

    1 Apr 2011

    Engineers at the UK’s Robotics Research Institute (RRI) have received a £60 million grant to develop intelligent robots that could dramatically reduce the operating costs of local authorities and even central government.

  • Nuclear fusion might be the best medicine

    11 April 2011

    A post-fukushima nuclear downturn could have implications way beyond the global energy industry

  • Energy storage gets second wind

    25 April 2011

    If wind is to make a truly significant contribution to our future energy mix, engineers will need to crack the intermittency challenge. Could compressed air energy storage be the solution?

  • Making more by using less

    The Engineer - Sustainability Supplement

    Businesses across a range of engineering sectors are increasingly equating sustainbability with long term economic success

  • Electric glimpse of motorsport's future

    9 May 2011

    Could electric motor-bike racing provide a blueprint for a more relevant motorsport industry?

  • IEEE chief Moshe Kam

    9 May 2011

    The president of the IEEE says it is up to teachers to get young people excited about engineering.

  • Will the government’s carbon budget help or hinder UK industry?

    18 May 2011

    Stung by criticism that it’s failing to deliver on its pledge to become the “greenest government ever” the coalition has announced ambitious emissions reduction targets that could put the UK at the forefront of the global low carbon industry.

  • Range-extender engines

    23 May 2011

    Are range-extended vehicles a credible low-carbon alternative to pure-electric cars?

  • Offshore tonic for UK shipbuilders

    23 May 2011

    The sad decline of its shipbuilding sector is arguably one of the most potent symbols of the UK’s diminished status as an industrial superpower

  • A compelling glimpse of a complex future

    10 Jun 2011

    Often vague, sometimes noncommittal and frequently contradictory, auto industry crystal-ball gazing isn’t always particularly helpful. But this week in Germany Bosch Automotive set out a technology roadmap that was both comprehensive, compelling and complex.

  • Could you be a winner?

    20 Jun 2011

    Are you involved in a groundbreaking technology-led project? If so, you could be joining the winners at the Engineer’s Technology and Innovation awards 2011

  • Prime time manufacturing

    21 Jun 2011

    Following Alan Sugar’s now-infamous dig at engineers, the BBC was back on more industry-friendly ground this week with the first episode of “Made In Britain”, a documentary which attempted to debunk the notion that British manufacturing is dead.

  • Medical manufacturing, motoring and driving quickly up a hill backwards

    27 Jun 2011

    The UK’s burgeoning medical manufacturing industry and its resurgent automotive sector both feature prominently in an event-packed week ahead

  • Join the debate on The Engineer’s new forum site

    27 Jun 2011

    Swap ideas, seek technical advice, or discuss the big industrial issues of the day on our new forum site

  • Keeping business and engineering at arm's length

    4 July 2011

    Alan Sugar’s recent denigration of engineers was rightly condemned but did he stumble clumsily upon a truth that’s hampered the development of many a young engineering company?

  • The world's first general purpose computer

    18 July 2011

    Sixty years ago, the world’s first commercially-available computer took up a whole room

  • Why aren't there more women engineers?

    19 Jul 2011

    New figures suggesting that the number of women pursuing a career in engineering is in decline make worrying reading for the UK’s technology sector.

  • Ricardo assembly facility to build the “world’s greenest supercar engine”

    25 Jul 2011

    The Engineer visited Ricardo’s UK technical centre to take a look at the facility that’s building the engines for Mclaren’s MP4-12C

  • Growth, what growth?

    27 Jul 2011

    Politicians have been keen to talk up industry, but the UK’s latest economic figures show little evidence of a rebalanced economy

  • Anti-social media?

    17 Aug 2011

    The disturbances that swept across England last week have raised a number of questions relevant to the UK’s technology sector. 

  • Innovation is critical to the future of the UK defence sector

    5 Sep 2011

    The latest round of armed forces redundancies announced last week by defence secretary Liam Fox poured fresh fuel on the smouldering debate over cuts to the UK’s defence budget.

  • Time for electric cars to find their voice

    19 Sep 2011

    The near-silent operation of electric vehicles is a growing safety concern for pedestrians used to engine noise. But some intriguing solutions are at hand.

  • Building the world's "greenest" supercar engine

    19 Sep 2011

    A compact V8 engine designed and built by Ricardo is helping put McLaren Automotive firmly on the international supercar stage.

  • Victorians have a very elegant sense of alarm

    19 September 2011

    House fires were an ever-present threat in Victorian times and this article from the archives proposes an intriguing solution to the problem.

  • Gender agenda

    The Engineer - Women in Engineering supplement

  • Sense of potential

    3 Oct 2011

    Only a small proportion of UK engineers are female. Jon Excell considers how this gender imbalance is being addressed

  • Job cuts put skills debate firmly back on the agenda

    5 Oct 2011

    Last week’s announcement that BAE is to cut 3,000 jobs couldn’t have come at a worse time, and has reignited the ever-emotive debate on engineering skills. 

  • Weightman review should calm UK energy jitters

    12 Oct 2011

    The final report on Japan’s Fukushima crisis should help shore up confidence in UK nuclear plans, but it remains a parlous time for the energy sector in general

  • Automotive engineer Gordon Murray

    31 Oct 2011

    Race to market: After a glittering career at the summit of motorsport, Gordon Murray is facing his toughest challenge yet.

  • Motorsport ethos offers value to other sectors

    31 October 2011

    The UK’s unique strength in the motorsport sector could help many other industries to improve energy efficiency, introduce new materials and streamline their development processes

  • The 2011 Shortlist - Turning the spotlight on effective collaboration

    The 2011 Shortlist

  • Awards season and D-Day for HS2

    7 Nov 2011

    It’s awards season. And as we hurtle towards the end of another testing year for the engineering sector, it’s reassuring that the UK’s manufacturing and technology firms still have plenty to shout about.

  • Quietly planning the return of the blimp

    14 November 2011

    Barely a year goes by without someone heralding the rebirth of the airship. And yet, for many, the fiery demise of the Hindenburg in 1937 continues to cast a shadow over the technology’s credibility.

  • The end of the easy oil era

    28 November 2011

    Fossil fuel may be finite, but with production costs rising we may well have moved on to more economical alternatives long before it runs out.

  • Back to black: enhanced oil recovery brings back abandoned wells

    28 Nov 2011

    A range of advanced recovery techniques are breathing new life into the world’s abandoned oil fields.

  • The 2011 Civil Engineering Winner - Slope ALARMS

    2 Dec 2011

    A low-cost sensor detects high-frequency acoustic emissions to predict whether a landslide is likely to occur.

  • The 2011 Medical & Healthcare Winner - Exstent

    2 Dec 2011

    Not content with existing treatments, Marfan Syndrome sufferer Tal Golesworthy built his own life-saving implant.

  • Cameron’s veto could make life doubly hard for UK manufacturers

    13 Dec 2011

    It’s not yet certain what repercussions David Cameron’s European walk-out will have, but it’s becoming increasingly clear that beyond the euro-sceptics within his own party and elements of the right-wing press, not many people seem to think it was a very good idea.

  • Will infrastructure investment really rebalance the UK economy?

    18 Jan 2012

    Rarely a day goes by without a member of the government hailing the “economy-rebalancing” properties of some project or other. But while it’s tempting to be cynical in the face of a refrain that’s becoming a little tired, we decided to subject it a little more rigorous scrutiny.

  • Oil fears should spur low-carbon innovation

    25 Jan 2012

    As the UK’s Coryton oil refinery goes into administration, and uncertainty over key oil producing regions grows, the case for an electric vehicle industry is growing stronger by the week.

  • The underwhelming reality of UK apprenticeships

    8 Feb 2012

    If apprenticeships really are to deliver the growth that they could it’s time to start taking them a bit more seriously

  • Joined-up thinking

    20 Feb 2012

    A laser-based technique could overtake resistance technology as a faster welding method for automotive and other applications.

  • A success story that can’t be told

    22 Feb 2012

    The ban on companies promoting their work on this summer’s Olympic games represents a huge missed opportunity for the UK economy

  • Technology adoption should be pain free

    7 Mar 2012

    Removing the hurdles to medical technology deployment is vital to the UK’s physical and economic well-being

  • Why Cameron's Deepsea Challenger is good for engineering

    28 Mar 2012

    James Cameron’s headline grabbing trip to the deep is the latest example of how private enterprise can help put technology on the front pages

  • MWP award winners announced

    18 Apr 2012

    Around 700 senior figures from the UK manufacturing sector gathered at Birmingham’s Hilton Metropole last night for the culmination of the MWP advanced manufacturing Awards 2012.

  • Are wind subsidies a price worth paying?

    2 May 2012

    The anti-wind lobby gained a bizarrely-coiffed ally last week in the shape of US business tycoon Donald Trump.

  • Power generation is a 'risky' business

    14 May 2012

    As much of the world scales back on its nuclear ambitions the risks associated with other sources of generation will only become more pronounced

  • Addressing dimmer LED compatibility

    14 May 2012

    Digital control technology from iWatt could greatly improve the safety of light-emitting diodes used with wall dimmers.

  • Presentation matters in debate around HS2

    30 May 2012

    HS2’s proponents have routinely failed to communicate to the public that the divisive project is much more than simply a high speed link between London and Birmingham

  • Drone alone

    13 Jun 2012

    Opening civil airspace to UAVs could speed the development of the technology but industry must first address a raft of technical, regulatory and safety issues

  • Spotlight on sport and innovation

    25 Jun 2012

    The relationship between sport and engineering, and the future of the UK’s defence aerospace sector are both on the agenda in the coming days

  • Sustainability is more than just a buzzword

    27 Jun 2012

    It’s time to reclaim the word ‘sustainability’ from the greenwash merchants: it’s a useful term which highlights a real change in the way that manufacturers and others in the engineering sector are organising their activities

  • An important announcement about the future of The Engineer

    10 Jul 2012

    Many of you may have heard rumblings over the past few days relating to the future of the print version of The Engineer. I’d like to use this opportunity to address these rumours.

  • Cautious welcome for £50bn infrastructure plan

    18 Jul 2012

    Today’s announcement that the government is to underwrite £50bn of investment in infrastructure and exports is being cautiously welcomed by an industry that’s crying-out for a growth strategy.

  • The age of engagement

    20 Jul 2012

    As The Engineer moves into its digital future we’d like to update you on some of our plans for the coming months

  • Making history

    23 Jul 2012

    The Make It in Great Britain exhibition looks set to be an inspiring celebration of UK manufacturing excellence. Will the Olympics help reinforce this message?

  • Prominent role for industry in Olympic opening ceremony

    31 Jul 2012

    Among the many themes, ideas and messages shoe-horned into Danny Boyle’s stunning Olympic opening ceremony, Britain’s industrial heritage loomed large.

  • Severn Barrage back on the agenda

    22 Aug 2012

    The news that the government is once again considering proposals to build a hydroelectric barrage across the Severn estuary is a welcome, although not entirely unsurprising development.

  • Cameron reshuffle ignites transport row

    5 Sep 2012

    The coalition government’s incoming transport secretary will wade into some of the most divisive rail and air debates in a generation

  • Design software helps to land Curiosity on Mars

    7 Sep 2012

    NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory made use of CAD and PLM software from Siemens when designing the Curiosity Mars rover and its systems. Jon Excell reports

  • September 1859 - Brunel's obituary

    18 Sep 2012

    Revered today as one of Britain’s most iconic figures, Isambard Kingdom Brunel was viewed rather differently by many of his contempories, not least the premier engineering journal of the day

  • Could BAE-EADS megamerger be derailed by the "golden share" issue?

    19 Sep 2012

    The proposed combination of BAE and EADS is an exciting prospect, but a host of political and regulatory issues threaten to undermine the historic deal

  • October 1859 - Robert Stephenson's obituary

    25 Sep 2012

    Just week’s after reporting on the death of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, The Engineer mourned the passing of another giant of British industry: Robert Stephenson.

  • UK must build on its additive excellence

    17 Oct 2012

    The UK has something of a chequered history when it comes to capitalising on its technical expertise, but does 3D printing offer an opportunitiy for redemption?

  • Team changes colour of gold by altering surface structure

    24 Oct 2012

    A research team in the UK has found a way to change the colour of gold by making microscopic alterations to its surface structure.

  • Energy and infrastructure to dominate the week ahead

    29 Oct 2012

    The economic climate and uncertainy over policy risk delaying new projects that are vital to securing the UK’s energy supply, says a new report. Infrastructure policy is also proving to be a sticking-point.

  • Government must work hard to keep nuclear plans on track

    31 Oct 2012

    The news that the Horizon nuclear power project is back on should help restore confidence in the UK’s energy sector

  • Ushering in new standards for energy harvesters

    12 Nov 2012

    Pioneering measurement technology that could help drive growth in one of the energy sector’s most exciting emerging areas is set to be rolled out across Europe early next year.

  • The dawn of the combat robots

    14 Nov 2012

    With the defence industry the destination of choice for robotics firms, should we be concerned by the rise of the robot warrior?

  • National Instruments CEO Dr James Truchard

    27 Nov 2012

    In 1976 NI’s ‘Dr T’ set out to create an enjoyable job for himself. Nearly forty years later he’s still having fun.

  • Cable launches green investment bank

    28 Nov 2012

    The formal launch of the government’s green bank could be a landmark moment in the growth of the UK’s low carbon economy

  • Salad in the sky: The rise of the vertical farm?

    5 Dec 2012

    For the past three years, Paignton Zoo in Devon has been growing food for its animals using a Verticrop greenhouse, one of the world’s first working examples of a vertical farm

  • Meet the engineers

    12 Dec 2012

    One of the great pleasures of working on The Engineer is the sheer variety of fascinating people and projects we encounter, and we’re looking forward to giving our readers the same opportunity at next year’s The Engineer conference

  • Talking up tangible engineering

    9 Jan 2013

    James Dyson has criticised the government for an obsession with “web fads” at the expense of real engineering. But the UK is awash with examples of tangible engineering.

  • Prefab pharma

    17 Jan 2013

    Could GE Healthcare’s Kubio modular manufacturing concept reshape the pharmaceutical industry?

  • Green planet

    22 Jan 2013

    World leaders heading home from this week’s Davos economic forum, will leave with a stark prediction ringing in their ears: invest trillions of dollars in green technology or face economic and environmental meltdown.

  • Pylon device could double capacity of UK power networks

    24 Jan 2013

    UK-developed technology that can be fitted to existing electricity pylons could dramatically increase the capacity of transmission networks without the need for expensive rebuild programmes.

  • Women engineers in the 1920s

    30 Jan 2013

    January 1920. And the pages of The Engineer were ablaze with an ill-tempered debate on female engineers which illustrates dramatically how much industry - and The Engineer itself - has changed over the last century.

  • Centrica exit fuels nuclear uncertainty

    6 Feb 2013

    As we approach the point at which our nuclear new build schemes should really start gathering steam the doubts and uncertainties are piling up with worrying regularity

  • Building Chernobyl's New Safe Confinement

    11 Feb 2013

    The design and construction of a new shelter for Chernobyl’s infamous power station has raised some huge engineering challenges. Jon Excell reports

  • This week in 1961: shaping London's skyline

    13 Feb 2013

    Feb 1961, and The Engineer took a look at the proposed design of a structure which has become one of London’s best-known landmarks: the building known today as the BT tower.

  • Ofgem warning highlights need for new generation

    20 Feb 2013

    Unless you’ve spent the last few months shivering under a blanket and resolutely refusing to switch on the heating, you will at some point have received a huge energy bill. The bad news is that things are probably going to get a lot worse.

  • Can industry learn lessons from the horse meat crisis?

    1 Mar 2013

    The engineering sector is no stranger to complex supply chains, so could it learn any lessons from the current problems facing our food supplies?

  • UK engineers launch build-it-yourself electric race car

    1 Mar 2013

    Engineers from Birmingham City University and Westfield Sportscars have joined forces to develop what is claimed to be the world’s first self-build electric racing car kit.

  • Recovery hinges on supply chain stability

    6 Mar 2013

    Jaguar Land Rover’s ongoing success - and UK focus - is in danger if its suppliers are unable to access the right skills, technology and finance.

  • March 1959: Japan's first nuclear power station

    12 Mar 2013

    The Engineer’s 1959 article on Japan’s first nuclear power station, is a poignant reminder of both the UK’s diminished expertise in this area, and the impact of the 2011 Fukushima crisis.

  • Join the innovation debate

    22 Mar 2013

    The Queen Elizabeth prize has added momentum to industry’s discussion on the importance of public engagement, but it’s time to stop preaching to the converted

  • This week in 1875: the Channel Tunnel

    27 Mar 2013

    First proposed in 1802, then alternately rejected and resurrected over the course of the following two centuries, the Channel Tunnel was back on the agenda in 1875.

  • Happy birthday dear mobile

    3 Apr 2013

    With more mobile phones in operation than people on the planet, there are few success stories to rival the rise of the cell-phone. It’s just a shame they’re not very good at being phones anymore

  • Smart dressing

    8 Apr 2013

    With wearable technology poised to hit the mainstream, UK firms are well placed to make a mark in this emerging sector. Jon Excell reports

  • April 1884 - The great English earthquake

    10 Apr 2013

    In April 1884 The Engineer was picking over the aftermath of  one of the UK’s biggest ever seismic events: the great English earthquake.

  • Register now to attend The Engineer Conference 2013

    15 Apr 2013

    We’re delighted to invite readers to attend The Engineer Conference, an exciting new celebration of the some of the UK’s most compelling technology success stories

  • Shoring up the UK's low carbon car industry

    17 Apr 2013

    The UK risks squandering its strengths in the low carbon vehicle sector unless it develops its domestic market

  • This week in 1965 - the Rover-BRM gas turbine car

    24 Apr 2013

    This article from April 1965 reports on the Rover BRM Gas Turbine car, which was poised to become the first gas-turbine powered vehicle to officially compete in the Le Mans 24 hours race. 

  • Private space gathers pace

    1 May 2013

    Space tourism is poised to take-off, but what does it mean to those of us that can’t afford the ticket price?

  • Sci-fi staples becoming reality

    3 May 2013

    Our upcoming digital issue features articles on replacement body parts, directed energy weapons, and other new technologies

  • Tropical juice: ocean thermal energy conversion

    25 Feb 2005

    US company to tap into energy from the world’s warm oceans.

  • Robot rescuers

    8 Apr 2005

    A new breed of rescue workers that crawl, slither, burrow, swim and report signs of life in places impenetrable by humans could soon play an increasing role in emergencies.

  • Senior Adidas engineer Dr Tim Lucas

    3 May 2005

    At Adidas’s Innovation Team Dr Tim Lucas brings an engineering approach to sport, producing trainers that adapt to the wearer and footballs that know when they cross the line.

  • Cooling down the London underground

    16 Jan 2006

    London’s Tube is the oldest in the world, and in terms of how hot it gets underground in summer it shows. Jon Excell reports on how London Underground is spearheading an initiative aimed at cooling the system.

  • Stealthy alternative

    27 Feb 2006

    The Royal Navy’s latest nuclear-powered submarine, built using a modular assembly technique, bristles with state-of-the-art technology which makes it the quietest vessel in the fleet.

  • Severn barrage could meet five per cent of UK energy needs

    19 Jun 2006

    A consortium of UK engineering firms is proposing a barrage across the Severn estuary that could, it is projected, harness tidal energy to generate double the output of a nuclear power station.

  • Dr Rafal Zbikowski on emulating flapping insect flight

    3 Oct 2006

    Cranfield University’s Dr Rafal Zbikowski aims to emulate the flapping flight of insects to develop a mico air vehicle which he believes could lead to a new generation of surveillance drones.

  • Solar powered aircraft take off

    16 Jul 2007

    From stratospheric surveillance platforms to hand-held spy planes, solar-powered aircraft are finally coming of age.

  • A cut above

    3 Sep 2007

    New applications and technologies for intelligent clothing may help the European textile industry fight off low-cost competitors.

  • Cream of the crop

    12 Nov 2007

    Bruce Grieve is director of a new innovation centre that will use engineering technologies to help agribusiness feed the world’s growing population.

  • Surgeon turned minister Ara Darzi discusses his vision for the future

    28 Jan 2008

    Surgical pioneer-turned health minister Prof Ara Darzi has been given the brief to review and update the UK’s healthcare system. He shares his vision for the future with Jon Excell

  • Classics master

    10 Mar 2008

    Achieving the right balance between form and function has defined the work of Kenneth Grange, who has been responsible for some of the UK’s most distinctive industrial designs. Jon Excell reports.

  • Radio control

    4 Jun 2008

    As wireless technology expands, Ofcom’s role in managing the radio spectrum takes on increasing importance. William Webb is the man in charge.

  • Green bikes take to TT track

    1 Sep 2008

    The Isle of Man TT is an unlikely showcase for clean technology, but in 2009 it will host the world’s first zero-emissions grand prix.

  • Moore to come?

    15 Sep 2008

    For 50 years it has been the guiding principle of the digital revolution. Jon Excell asks if the end is now in sight for Moore’s Law

  • Border patrol: inside e-Borders

    29 Sep 2008

    In an ambitious initiative to keep tabs on all travel to and from the UK, the government calls on a consortium of engineers and technologists to deliver the necessary solutions. Jon Excell reports.

  • Dutch connection

    13 Oct 2008

    As the threat of blackouts looms, a project to link the UK and Dutch national grids could point the way to greater energy security.

  • Brighter idea

    13 Jan 2009

    A three-year UK initiative to advance materials and production technology for light-emitting polymers aims to replace the traditional light bulb and help cut energy bills.

  • Targeted cancer treatments take centre stage

    27 Jan 2009

    A range of technologies could be at the heart of a new era of cancer therapy that is tailored and targeted to a patient’s condition.

  • Inside Heathrow's pod cars

    18 May 2009

    Could the introduction of ‘pod cars’ at Heathrow Airport herald a new era for urban transport in the UK?

  • Could electromagnetic launch systems feature on future carriers

    3 Jun 2009

    The steam-powered catapults that propel planes along aircraft-carrier flight decks may soon be replaced by electromagnetic launch systems

  • Rolls-Royce technology chief Ric Parker

    5 Jun 2009

    Prof Ric Parker believes that some of the biggest advances in the history of civil aviation are just around the corner

  • Deep-sea mining

    15 Jun 2009

    Tapping the rich veins of mineral deposits that can be found beneath the seabed requires the application of new systems and technologies. Jon Excell reports

  • Dr Richard Holliday, World Gold Council

    14 Jul 2009

    Dr Richard Holliday from the World Gold Council explains how industries are benefitting from new applications of the planet’s most coveted material.

  • MOD technology chief Paul Stein

    19 Aug 2009

    The MoD claims it is more accessible to technology SMEs thanks to its top scientist’s drive to interact more successfully with industry.

  • Solar Impulse aims for 24 hour flight

    16 Sep 2009

    Following six years of development, the Solar Impulse HB-SIA is said to have the potential to become the first manned solar aircraft to fly continuously through the day and night.

  • Turbine chief Alan Epstein

    9 Sep 2009

    Dr Alan Epstein of Pratt & Whitney says new turbofan technology is well on course to meet future environmental targets.

  • The end is nigh

    11 Sep 2009

  • 'Boris island' points to watery future for building

    21 Sep 2009

    Although ‘Boris Island’, London mayor Boris Johnson’s proposed airport in the Thames Estuary, was scoffed at by critics, it reflects a growing trend of aiming to build on seas and oceans.

  • Can technology thwart Somalia's pirates?

    12 Oct 2009

    Defence firms are working on technology to keep shipping safe from pirates.

  • Cleaning up the Soviet legacy

    26 Oct 2009

    UK engineers are playing a key role in cleaning up the Soviet Union’s nuclear and chemical legacy.

  • Shell's Perdido platform will be world's deepest

    2 Nov 2009

    Advanced technology is helping engineers tap into once unreachable deepsea oil and gas reserves.

  • Where next for the IC engine?

    18 Nov 2009

    The internal combustion engine may still have a few surprises up its sleeve for the automotive industry.

  • Paul Newsome of Lotus Engineering

    18 Nov 2009

    Lotus is much more than a manufacturer of affordable supercars.

  • Welcome to our world

    November 2009 Online

    Deputy EditorThe Engineer

  • D-day nears for Severn Estuary projects

    23 November 2009

    A bold project to harvest power from the Severn Estuary could pay off, according to its backers.

  • The silver lining of an ageing population

    22 Nov 2009

    An ageing society presents design opportunities for today’s engineers.

  • Atom smashers and record breakers

    25 Nov 2009

    As we report with growing frequency, engineers have a major role to play in addressing the big issues of the age: from developing the tools that will help society cope with the ageing population to the practical responses to the effects of climate change.

  • December 1869. The Suez canal opens

    7 December 2009

    Man-made waterway provides super shortcut

  • Reasons to be cheerful

    14 Dec 2009

    One reason to be hopeful that positive action on curbing global warming might just be achievable is that the technologies required to build a low carbon future offer potentially huge economic opportunities.

  • Sky high competition

    16 Dec 2009

    The Airbus A380 has been around for so long now it’s easy to forget that it was once neck and neck with Boeing’s Dreamliner in a race to stake its claim as a glimpse of aviation’s future.

  • Field of innovation

    6 Jan 2010

    The impending food crisis will require unprecedented collaboration between engineers and the farming industry

  • Shipping out on nuclear power

    11 January 2010

    Looking back on some of the maritime landmarks of 1959, The Engineer settled first on USS Long Beach, the world’s first nuclear-powered surface fighting ship and the first surface ship to be armed with a battery of guided missiles.

  • Global Focus

    13 Jan 2010

    From the Germanic efficiency of Volkswagen, the Gallic chic of Renault and the proudly conspicuous consumption of a North American SUV, the automotive industry has long been bound up with ideas of national identity.

  • The Week in 1960

    25 January 2010

    Road-rail freight vehicle: did it turn to train in vain?

  • Road to recovery

    25 January 2010

    Concerns over the transport of CO2 must be addressed if carbon capture and storage is to really take off.

  • UK low-volume sector has high potential

    25 January 2010

  • This week in 1946

    08 February 2010

    The Fairey “Spearfish”

  • Spheres of influence

    08 February 2010

    Materials based on tiny glass bubbles are being adopted across the industry due to their diverse properties

  • Different strokes

    08 February 2010

    Two-stroke makeover offers a glimpse into a fuel-efficient future for car engines.

  • A sense of perspective

    08 February 2010

    There tends to be little middle ground in the UK’s assessment of its own strengths and weaknesses. Either we shout our prowess from the rooftops, or wallow in the depths of self-deprecation.

  • Hybrid hopes dashed by Prius recall

    10 Feb 2010

    To say it’s been a disastrous couple of week’s for Toyota is an understatement.

  • Manufacturing the future

    19 Feb 2010

    As the blast furnace at Teesside Cast Products prepares to flicker out - the UK government’s repeated assurances to put manufacturing at the heart of economic recovery have rarely looked less convincing.

  • The waste of space

    21 Feb 2010

    The growing amount of man-made junk orbiting the Earth is prompting calls for a cosmic clean-up.

  • Skills shortage? What skills shortage?

    24 Feb 2010

    If you find yourself redundant, it must be pretty galling to repeatedly read that engineering skills - your skills - are in short supply. 

  • This week in 1860

    8 March 2010

    The Engineer reports on a proposal to build a giant Iron fortress in the mouth of the Thames

  • No silver bullet for UK energy conundrum

    8 March 2010

    It’s no exaggeration to say that addressing the often conflicting challenges of meeting spiralling demand, reducing emissions and enhancing security of supply represents one of the biggest technical conundrums of the modern age

  • This Week In 1960

    22 March 2010

    Pioneering space project attracts mass attention

  • Motorsport's flagship must embrace change

    22 Mar 2010

    It was tipped to be one of the most open and exciting races for years. But ’Boring Bahrain’, as it’s been dubbed, provided one of the most uninspiring F1 curtain raisers in a long time.

  • Nothing new under the sun

    24 Mar 2010

    Could forgotten technologies provide the solutions to some of our most pressing contemporary problems?

  • Election hopes for industry

    6 Apr 2010

    While it might be too much to expect engineering to take centre stage at next month’s general election, it would be a surprise not to see the importance of manufacturing and technology talked up more  than it has been in recent decades.

  • The Martel one-man tank

    06 April 2010

  • Making history

    06 April 2010

    A trawl of engineering’s pre-digital age could become a valuable part of the innovation process.

  • Election special - the choice for engineers

    8 Apr 2010

    As the election race gathers momentum, all three parties claim to have a plan to put engineering at the heart of the economy. 

  • Sheffield Forgemasters' nuclear ambition

    28 Apr 2010

    A giant forge press could propel the UK to the summit of the global nuclear supply chain.

  • Why the UK still has a viable industrial future

    19 April 2010

    As our latest political contributor Lord Drayson writes, there are many misconceptions about the UK’s manufacturing sector: not least the notion that it barely exists, or that if it does it is no longer relevant

  • Chiswick or China: Brompton bicycles sparks IP debate

    23 Apr 2010

    Iconic folding bike maker Brompton is a curious company.  Though exports account for around 75 per cent of its output, it continues to manufacture all of its  bikes in the UK . And not just any part of the UK, but in leafy Chiswick, spiritual home of the urban SUV and top of the range baby buggy, and just about as far removed from a UK industrial heartland as it’s possible to get.

  • Could a hung parliament stall nuclear new build?

    4 May 2010

    If the Lib Dems, who are opposed to new nuclear build, end up holding the balance of power in a hung parliament, could the UK’s nuclear ambitions be put on hold?

  • Deepwater disaster demands slick thinking

    12 May 2010

    The continued leak of oil from BP’s Deepwater well could have dire implications for the future of offshore exploration

  • BAE and Portendo join forces on explosives detector

    19 May 2010

    A Swedish-developed security system that uses lasers to detect minute quantities of explosives may soon be providing British troops with an early warning of roadside bombs.

  • Siemens tunnel-fire prevention system begins trials

    19 May 2010

    Advanced imaging technology that could help avert fatal road tunnel fires is being trialled by engineers at Siemens in Germany.

  • Wave Treader steps closer to commercialisation

    20 May 2010

    Scottish marine power group Green Ocean Energy begins work on wave energy device that piggybacks on wind turbines

  • Robot referees - good or bad?

    21 May 2010

    This summer’s packed schedule of sports will give a host of technologies the chance to grab some of the glory, but the use of technology to make tough decisions continues to divide opinion

  • Coalition must give technology room to breathe

    24 May 2010

    In its rush to make cuts the UK government must take the long term economic view on research funding

  • The rise of additive manufacturing

    24 May 2010

    Dream machines: Systems capable of printing functional components are poised to enter the manufacturing mainstream

  • Government must build on engineering feel-good factor

    9 Jun 2010

    In the desire to slash the deficit it would be a grave mistake to pull the rug from the UK’s burgeoning areas of expertise.

  • Wind in the sails of the UK offshore industry

    14 June 2010

    Spending cuts must not be allowed to set back the UK’s buoyant offshore wind sector

  • Pioneer of radar and eminent astronomer Sir Bernard Lovell

    1 Jan 2006

    Sir Bernard Lovell’s pioneering work on radar helped swing World War II decisively in the allies’ favour, while the huge radio telescope that bears his name at Jodrell Bank remains one of the most impressive instruments in the world after almost 50 years of operation.

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The UK government's latest defence review has included the announcement of increased spending on aircraft and special forces units. Meanwhile, the latest HM Treasury autumn statement is expected to include deep cuts which might hit health, industry and science. Which of these statements is closest to your feelings?