Contents

Ingenia - Issue 5, August 2000

Foreword

Peter Guthrie OBE FREng

The part that engineers can, and increasingly do, play in disaster relief continues to be largely unnoticed.

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Opinion

Lord Oxburgh KBE FRS Hon FREng

The problems of falling applications for engineering courses and the shortage of science and maths teachers are related and need attention.

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Reports

Headstart: encouraging the next generation of engineering graduates

David Ozholl

This scheme gives bright school students a taste of life as an engineering student in university.

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Reports

Clash of the Titans: the race for the MacRobert Award 2000

Jane Sutton

The four finalists for the 2000 MacRobert Award.

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Reports

The Universe of Engineering: A UK Perspective

Sir Robert Malpas CBE FREng

Summary of a report by The Royal Academy of Engineering and the Engineering Council Working Group.

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Letters

On reacting to sincerely held beliefs rather than facts.

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Articles

Earthquake resistant design in the 21st century

Edmund Booth

Following a few simple rules can make structures much safer in an earthquake

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Major plant repair: welding Sizewell A nuclear power station boilers

P.E.J. Flewitt FREng, E.G. Taylor and L.A. Mitchell FREng

Careful assessment and planning led to a successful repair in a sensitive and difficult environment

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Design for decommissioning

David Hicks

A decision to construct should involve a commitment to future decommissioning.

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Science, technology and progress

Sir John Browne FREng

Technology and science are good for business and progress and in helping to solve global problems

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Venture capital: things are looking up

Basil Butler CBE FREng

Since the last investigation 18 months ago, the venture capital industry has changed to meet needs better.

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Sequoia sourcing: deriving a technology strategy

Professor Chris Pearce FREng

The sharing of root systems between sequoia trees offers a useful model for product development in industry.

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Easing traffic congestion using caesium atoms

Professor John E. Midwinter OBE FRS FREng

Atomic clocks make GPS possible: adding mobile communications to GPS could reduce traffic.

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Adaptive optics

Dr Julia Tompson

A US military idea is being used to improve the performance of optical devices.

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Hearing in three dimensions

Alastair Sibbald

Our remarkable spatial hearing abilities can now be synthesised and used to enhance music processing, virtual reality and maybe even mobile phones.

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Communications history: the triumph of electricity

Professor Laszlo Solymar FRS

Electricity took over from mechanical means of long-distance communication: the telegraph, phone and fax.

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Editorial Board

Board members for this issue are:

Editor-in-Chief Dr John Forrest FREng
Managing Editor Richard Lawrence
Editorial Board Professor John Burland FREng FRS
Basil Butler CBE FREng
Richard Dodds FREng
Dr Colin Gaskell CBE FREng
Derek Hanson FREng
Professor Michael Kelly FREng FRS
Professor John Midwinter OBE FREng FRS

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