Contents

Ingenia - Issue 78, March 2019

Editorial

Focus on physics

Dr Scott Steedman CBE FREng

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In brief

In brief

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Opinion

Is engineering productive?

Professor Will Stewart FREng

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Profile

A role model for the next generation

Michael Kenward OBE

Air Marshal Susan Gray CB OBE FREng has recently become the most senior female military officer in the Armed Forces. As an RAF engineer, she is keen to encourage more young people, especially women, into careers in STEM.

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Articles

HOW I GOT HERE

Dr Anh Tran

Humanitarian engineer Dr Anh Tran carries out research in areas including energy, water and food to help make changes with resource-limited communities.

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Biofuels’ journey to the mainstream

Dominic Joyeux

Biofuels have been around for many years but have not been widely adopted. However, recent government initiatives on climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions are encouraging their use in transport.

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Farming for future growth

Sarah Griffiths

Growing produce in vertical farms is helping to meet challenges related to food demand, waste, cost and space, by using innovative engineering techniques around artificial light and energy consumption.

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A new contender for energy storage

Dominic Joyeux

The world’s first liquid air energy storage system is pioneering a new way to store power, acting as a giant rechargeable battery to absorb excess energy and release it when needed.

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Communication at the speed of light

Neil Cumins

Light fidelity, or ‘Li-Fi’, is a wireless communications technology that transmits high-speed data via common household LEDs; an alternative to Wi-Fi that could transform online connectivity.

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The right climate for efficient semiconductors

Richard Stevenson

Electrical circuits waste energy when changing voltage and switching between currents, but a new generation of semiconductor materials is helping to reduce these losses and cut the carbon footprint of many devices.

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INNOVATION WATCH - Robots in the field

A new range of agricultural robots will be working in UK fields this summer to select, pick and pack ripe strawberries.

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HOW DOES THAT WORK - Beamforming

5G technology will use a technique called beamforming to direct radio energy.

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Editorial Board

  Editor-in-Chief Dr Scott Steedman CBE FREng
  Managing Editor Gemma Hummerston
  Publications Officer Portia Sale
 
  Editorial Board Professor Andrew Bell FREng
Professor John Burland CBE FREng FRS
Ginny Clarke CBE FREng
Professor David Delpy FREng FMedSci FRS
Michael Kenward OBE
John Loughhead CB OBE FREng
Dr Paul Miller FREng
Dr Ian Nussey OBE FREng
Professor William Stewart FREng
Professor Liz Tanner OBE FREng FRSE
Faith Wainwright MBE FREng
Professor William Webb FREng
 
  Associate Director, Communications and Partnerships Jo Trigg

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