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  • Environment & sustainability
  • Profiles
  • Issue 97

A champion of the green economy

Professor Simon Pollard OBE FREng’s confidence in the idea of a circular economy began when he set out to turn harmful waste into useful materials. His career as an environmental engineer has encompassed many aspects of the waste and water utility sectors.

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  • Design & manufacturing
  • Environment & sustainability
  • Profiles

Q&A: Deborah Meaden

Ahead of this year’s National Engineering Day, green Dragon, Deborah Meaden emerged from the Dragon’s Den to share a few secrets of success with Ingenia.

  • Mechanical
  • Transport
  • Profiles
  • Issue 96

Keeping complex systems on track

Kuldeep Gharatya FREng has been a key advocate for systems thinking at TfL – to the advantage of all London Tube users.

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  • Software & computer science
  • Transport
  • Profiles
  • Issue 94

The entrepreneur solving engineering problems with data

Elspeth Finch MBE FREng started her first company in her 20s and is now heading up her second, which is using data to transform supply chain relationships.

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  • Health & medical
  • Profiles
  • Issue 93

The journey to portable dialysis

Professor Clive Buckberry FREng believes that successful engineering needs an injection of artistic thinking, along with a dose of physics and the ability to use pictures to make a point.

A black and white photograph of a young man sitting in a helicopter.
  • Aerospace
  • Mechanical
  • Profiles
  • Issue 92

The helicopter flight fixer

When Philip Dunford FREng started his career, flight test engineers flew alongside pilots. As his career progressed, flying time gave way to developing new aircraft.

A photo of Lucy Rogers holding an engineered metal bubble maker, surrounded by bubbles
  • Mechanical
  • Profiles
  • Issue 91

Inventing a communication revolution

Professor Lucy Rogers FREng’s career is not typical of many engineers: starting with engineering bubbles for firefighting, it has taken in television, animated dinosaurs and livening up university teaching, along with inventions that put the fun in engineering. And when she wanted to polish her communications skills, she turned to stand-up comedy for help.

  • Electricals & electronics
  • Technology & robotics
  • Profiles
  • Issue 90

An innovator who fills a vacuum

From outer space to the depths of the earth, Professor Trevor Cross FREng seeks new uses of the technologies that enabled the electronic revolution.

A portrait of Professor Rafellea Ocone holding an hourglass timer.
  • Chemical
  • Profiles
  • Issue 89

The ethics of engineering net zero

A research career in chemical engineering that started in oil has taken Professor Raffaella Ocone OBE FREng FRSE on a journey that encompasses biofuels, coal combustion, hydrogen production, carbon capture, and even landslides and volcanoes. On that journey she has pioneered teaching ethics to engineering students and how engineers can use artificial intelligence to make the most of the mountains of data from processing plants.

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  • Electricals & electronics
  • Profiles
  • Issue 88

The outsider who changed the system

As a Jewish Holocaust survivor, political refugee and woman in engineering, Dr Agnes Kaposi FREng has every reason to call herself an outsider. But it didn’t stop her from becoming the third woman ever to be elected as a Royal Academy of Engineering Fellow.

Dr Rajapillai (RV) Ahilan on a sunny beachside promenade in Italy.
  • Environment & sustainability
  • Maritime & naval
  • Profiles
  • Issue 87

Sound moorings for a renewable career

For Dr RV Ahilan FREng, a career that started in offshore oil and gas has turned him into a champion for renewable energy. After all, offshore production has created plenty of technologies that benefit wind, tidal and wave power as they displace carbon-emitting hydrocarbons.

A headshot of Dr Luisa Freitas dos Santos FREng.
  • Design & manufacturing
  • Profiles
  • Issue 86

Facing engineering’s ultimate challenge

Dr Luisa Freitas dos Santos FREng – with teams to manage in Singapore, the UK and the US – was one of the first people in the UK to experience how the pandemic would affect engineering operations

A headshot of Dervilla Mitchell CBE FREng.
  • Civil & structural
  • Profiles
  • Issue 84

Teams that count

For Dervilla Mitchell CBE FREng, a highlight of her time as a civil engineer has been creating teams of engineers and architects. More recently, Mitchell, a member of Arup’s global Group Board, as Chair of the firm’s UK, India, Middle East, and Africa Region, lead the region through a period of great uncertainty and disruption due to COVID-19. The recipient of the 2020 Royal Academy of Engineering President’s Medal – Mitchell is also currently chairing a project on decarbonisation for the National Engineering Policy Centre.

A headshot of Leigh-Ann Russell FREng
  • Profiles
  • Issue 83

A vital link in the chain

As Head of Upstream Supply Chain at BP, Leigh-Ann Russell FREng is responsible for a team of 900 and a budget of $20 billion a year, a role that came to the fore during the coronavirus pandemic. Her position builds on skills developed as a completion engineer, working on drilling operations in the harsh North Sea offshore operating environment. She explained to Michael Kenward OBE how supply chains are important in the pursuit of net zero.

A headshot of Sir Jim McDonald FREng FRSE.
  • Electricals & electronics
  • Environment & sustainability
  • Profiles
  • Issue 82

Life in electrifying times

Professor Sir Jim McDonald FREng FRSE has seen profound changes in his career in power engineering. First working as a transmission and distribution engineer, he moved into the academic world at a time when the electricity industry was going through a revolution in business and technology. On the way, he became immersed in policy issues, leading to a conviction that engineering is essential to delivering sustainable energy. In 2019, he was elected President of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

A portrait photo of Stephen Temple FREng.
  • Electricals & electronics
  • Profiles
  • Issue 81

A spectrum of generations games

Engineering innovations come from many sources, even from the work of civil servants. For Professor Stephen Temple CBE FREng, working as an engineer within government was an opportunity to shape modern telecommunications and lay the foundation for today’s trillion-dollar global mobile industry. He talked to Michael Kenward OBE about a career that has spanned the history of mobile telephony and his recent experience of rescuing 5G from a bureaucratic black hole.

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  • Civil & structural
  • Environment & sustainability
  • Profiles
  • Issue 80

Structures for a sustainable society

The growth of megacities and factors such as climate change have changed the nature of the challenges engineers face. Jo da Silva OBE FREng warns of the growing need to consider the resilience of the infrastructure that sustains cities and their inhabitants.

Nick Rogers smiling, standing in front of a Land Rover.
  • Electricals & electronics
  • Design & manufacturing
  • Profiles
  • Issue 79

Driven to an electrifying future

Thanks to his own career progress from apprentice to Executive Director of Product Engineering at Jaguar Land Rover, Nick Rogers FREng takes a special interest in the car company’s young engineers. He talked to Michael Kenward OBE about the challenge of simultaneously developing new car models, with the added complication of managing the transition to electric vehicles.

A headshot of Susan Gray CB OBE FREng.
  • Profiles
  • Issue 78

A role model for the next generation

Join the Royal Air Force (RAF) as an engineer and you can expect to take on many roles. For Air Marshal Susan Gray CB OBE FREng it has meant not just the obvious task of keeping aircraft in the air but also responsibility for procurement, supporting the RAF’s response to emergency relief, taking charge of marching bands, and her current task of preparing the headquarters for the future. The RAF’s centenary in 2018 also gave her an opportunity to raise the profile of engineering among young women.