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  • Civil & structural
  • Environment & sustainability
  • Opinion
  • Issue 95

Building a greener future

Will Arnold, Head of Climate Action at the IStructE, says we need a total rethink of how we create, maintain and power our buildings to better protect our planet.

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  • Electricals & electronics
  • Technology & robotics
  • Opinion
  • Issue 96

Securing the Internet of Everything

Our IoT devices need engineers to safeguard our privacy, say Oktay Cetinkaya and Peter Novitzky.

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  • Design & manufacturing
  • Opinion
  • Issue 94

How lessons from COVID-19 could speed up UK tech development

Ian Quest and Dick Elsy CBE FREng reflect on how we can take the learnings from the Ventilator Challenge UK to wider technology development in the UK.

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  • Opinion

Supporting inclusion for STEM undergrads

Engineering, and STEM as a whole, have an inclusion problem. Universities have a key role to play in addressing it, says Dr Gabriel Cavalli from Queen Mary University of London.

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  • Environment & sustainability
  • Opinion

A young engineer’s perspective on the good, the bad and the ugly of COP27

Engineering Leaders Scholar Isabelle Pickett attended COP27. She wrote about some of her takeaways for Ingenia, including important actions for the future that engineers can take.

  • Energy
  • Opinion
  • Issue 93

The challenges of creating a hydrogen economy

Hydrogen is likely to play a critical role in achieving net zero, but the UK needs to act soon to avoid falling behind international competitors. So, how can government and the engineering community ensure this doesn’t happen?

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  • Environment & sustainability
  • Civil & structural
  • Opinion
  • Issue 92

How do we make the UK more resilient to flooding?

Extreme flooding is becoming a regular occurrence across the UK, with flash floods causing significant damage to homes and businesses.

  • Environment & sustainability
  • Opinion
  • Issue 91

Repair or replace – what drives a circular economy?

Right to repair legislation is being enacted around the world, designed to help governments achieve their net zero targets and meet obligations to reduce the environmental impact of waste. But is repair always the most efficient solution? Paul Hide, CEO of AMDEA, sets out why sometimes the alternative might be a more sustainable approach.

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  • Civil & structural
  • Health & medical
  • Opinion
  • Issue 90

Better buildings need a breath of fresh air

Post-COVID-19, how do we stay safe in winter without throwing open all the windows and cranking up the radiators to max?

  • Environment & sustainability
  • Opinion
  • Issue 89

A system is needed to deliver on COP26

Nearly 40,000 people from 197 countries gathered in Glasgow for COP26, the UN’s climate change conference. Since then, there has been much debate about whether we are doing enough to keep global warming no higher than 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. Professor Sir Jim McDonald FREng FRSE, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, reflects on his experience at COP26, hosted in his hometown of Glasgow, and outlines how engineers stand ready to deliver on the commitments made.

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  • Environment & sustainability
  • Opinion
  • Issue 88

Preparing future engineers for the net zero challenge

Engineers will face ever-growing and ever-changing challenges as they tackle climate change and build a sustainable future. There is now an urgent need to ensure they will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to do so, writes Professor Roger Kemp MBE FREng.

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  • Civil & structural
  • Environment & sustainability
  • Opinion
  • Issue 87

Rethinking the future through design

The coincidence of climate crisis, biodiversity crisis and a global pandemic highlight the fragility of our existence and the complex interdependencies between natural systems, engineered systems, and public health and wellbeing. Dr Mark Fletcher FREng, Global Water Business Leader at Arup, argues that engineers need to rethink design and embrace systems thinking.

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  • Opinion
  • Issue 86

Engineering skills to better meet society’s needs

From climate change to the COVID-19 pandemic, the UK – and indeed the world – is dealing with some of the most complex challenges it has ever faced. Engineers have a major role in addressing these challenges, so are needed now more than ever. Could a change in the engineering education curriculum help build skills for a sustainable and inclusive future?

  • Energy
  • Opinion
  • Issue 85

How can the UK solve its carbon problem?

The climate crisis is one of the most pressing challenges that the world faces. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the UK government has the opportunity to ‘build back better’ and meet its net-zero target by 2050. Dieter Helm CBE, Professor of Economic Policy at the University of Oxford, sets out how Britain can lead the way on climate change action.

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  • Opinion
  • Issue 84

What primary schools can teach us about skills for engineering

A shortage of STEM graduates and skilled workers is costing the UK significantly and this skills gap is due to worsen over the next 10 years. There are many challenges in providing a solution. Dr Susan Scurlock MBE, CEO and Founder of Primary Engineer, believes there is room for a fundamental shift in the way education supports the development of key STEM skills, which will help plug this gap.

  • Environment & sustainability
  • Opinion
  • Issue 83

Net zero - aspiration or reality?

When the UK government legislated in 2019 for net zero carbon emissions by 2050, there was close to unanimous support. Professor Sir Ian Boyd, Chairman at the UK research Integrity Office, contemplates the accountability and collective actions that are actually needed to make this transition a reality and warns against efforts underpinned by short-term interests.

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  • Software & computer science
  • Opinion
  • Issue 82

Our 21st century information superhighway

Vinton G. Cerf, an American internet pioneer, explains how the highspeed transfer of information has become an integral part of our digital society, and touches on the infrastructure initiatives which would make the internet and communications networks accessible across the whole globe.

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  • Technology & robotics
  • Opinion
  • Issue 81

New tech creates 999 opportunities

Dr Nigel P Brown, the contingencies secretariat for the UK cabinet office, considers the future of emergency communications involving new technologies, such as voice analysis in calls, increased location accuracy and sensors to access vital signs to deliver a more efficient and effective service.

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  • Technology & robotics
  • Opinion
  • Issue 80

AI is not magic but it is complex

People who use AI need to trust the technology and how its data is generated. Mandy Chessell CBE FREng, an IBM Distinguished Engineer, looks at the ethical responsibilities for engineers developing the technology and what legal and governmental frameworks that still need to be established.

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  • Aerospace
  • Environment & sustainability
  • Opinion
  • Issue 79

Can electrification solve aviation’s emissions problem?

A growing population and the efficiency and decreasing costs of air travel are leading to concerns about the aviation industry’s green credentials. As focus increases on creating a more sustainable planet for the future, the industry is looking to make changes. Paul Stein FREng, Chief Technology Officer at Rolls-Royce, sets out why the industry and policymakers should be looking at electrification to address such challenges.

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  • Design & manufacturing
  • Opinion
  • Issue 78

Is engineering productive?

The way in which productivity is measured in the UK does not account for advances in engineering and what these have added to GDP. However, a new group of statisticians, engineers and economists are working to change this and ensure that productivity is measured properly. Professor Will Stewart FREng argues that engineers also have a part to play in promoting engineering’s role in greater productivity.