Contents

Ingenia - Issue 70, March 2017

Editorial

A strategy for a digital future

Dr Scott Steedman CBE FREng

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Opinion

Turbulent politics put a premium on research impact

Professor Graeme Reid

The political landscape in the UK, and the rest of the world, is changing, and with it, so do policies relating to education and research

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Profile

Forging links between academia and industry

Michael Kenward OBE

For Julia King, Baroness Brown of Cambridge DBE FREng, materials science has been a common theme in a career that has taken in the academic world at all levels, along with time in the higher echelons of corporate engineering.

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Sponsors

Rolls-Royce plc, BAE Systems, ARUP

The Royal Academy of Engineering acknowledges the generous support by the following organisations for Ingenia: Rolls-Royce plc, BAE Systems, ARUP

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Articles

Communicating with outer space

Richard Gray and Nick James

BAE Systems Intermediate Frequency Modem System enabled signals from the Rosetta spacecraft to be decoded on Earth, accurately tracking the distance and speed of the craft.

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Design-led innovation and sustainability

Hugh Ferguson, Bruce Martin, Darren Barlow and David McAllister

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center in Athens, Greece, combines attractive architecture with innovative engineering to be as accessible and beneficial as possible.

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Going for gold

Professor Tony Purnell

The engineering that played a role in Team GB’s cycling success at the 2016 Rio Olympics was a team effort, and helped the athletes increase their speed to break a number of world records.

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How virtual reality is changing engineering

Professor Anthony Steed

A number of engineering firms are using virtual reality and immersive technologies to transform how they work.

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Future-proofing the next generation of wind turbine blades

Kirsten Dyer and Peter Greaves

Before deploying new equipment in an offshore environment, testing is absolutely vital. Replicating the harsh conditions within the confines of a test hall requires access to specialist, purpose-built facilities.

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HOW I GOT HERE
Q & A - Orla Murphy

Orla's role focuses on optimising and improving the sound systems in the company’s vehicles, combining her passions for science, maths and music.

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INNOVATION WATCH - Thin and flexible but tough protection

Armourgel, an energy-absorbing material that can be incorporated into clothing, is being adapted from its origins in sportswear into a protective device for the hip that aims to protect the weak and fragile hip bones of osteoporosis patients.

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HOW DOES THAT WORK? - Powerline networking

Powerline networking is a form of communication that uses electrical wiring to carry both data and alternating current (AC) electrical supply through existing electrical infrastructure.

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Editorial Board

Board members for this issue are:

The members of the Ingenia editorial board

Editor-in-Chief Dr Scott Steedman CBE FREng
Managing Editor Gemma Hummerston
Editorial Assistant Portia Sale
Editorial Board Professor John Burland CBE FREng FRS
Derek Hanson FREng
Michael Kenward OBE
Professor David Delpy FREng FMedSci FRS
John Loughhead OBE FREng
Dr Ian Nussey OBE FREng
Professor William Stewart FREng
Professor Liz Tanner OBE FREng FRSE
Faith Wainwright MBE FREng
Professor William Webb FREng
Director of Policy and External Affairs Beverley Parkin

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