Ingenia - Issue 53, December 2012


Unlocking Infrastructure

Dr Scott Steedman CBE FREng

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In brief

Naming of Prince Philip House; Robert Hooke Trail; Tunnelling champion; With a following wind; Imaging at the nanoscale; Flagship green centre opens; Trophy design competition; Prize-winning wheelchairs

In Brief: short articles and engineering news

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Response to: Rising clouds;
Response to: Shale gas

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Engineering’s Olympic legacy

Professor Steve Haake

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Sir Christopher Snowden FREng FRS

A business-like approach to learning

A leading researcher in semiconductor technology and director of several successful businesses, Sir Christopher uses his expertise to make UK universities more competitive
By Michael Kenward OBE

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Pragmatic Engineering

Tim Rushby-Smith

For 21 years, the charity Motivation has designed and supplied tens of thousands of wheelchairs for use in developing countries

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Balancing the energy network

Phil Lawton

By 2020, 15% of the UK’s energy supplies will come from fluctuating renewable sources. National Grid’s engineers set out their plans for delivering a stable, secure energy mix

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Fishing for pollutants

Emily Bick

The SHOAL project uses engineering expertise from academia and industry to create autonomous pollution-sensing robots to monitor ports in real time

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Slimmer solar cells

Dr Richard Stevenson

Advances in manufacturing techniques allow new, flexible thin-film photovoltaic cells to collect solar energy more efficiently

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Inside the rain room - No umbrella required

Tim Rushby-Smith

The Rain Room creates an interactive indoor downpour that gallery visitors can walk through without getting wet

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Perfecting the jet engine

Professor Philip Ruffles CBE FREng FRS

Larger fans and the application of composite materials will make jet engines of the future lighter and more efficient

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INNOVATION WATCH - Creating the Haptic Cow

A virtual environment helps veterinary students learn to palpate the uterus and diagnose pregnancies in cattle

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HOW DOES THAT WORK? - Cardiac Implantable Devices

Implantable cardiac devices have increased in power and sophistication as microchips and batteries have grown smaller

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Editorial Board

The members of the Ingenia editorial board

Editor-in-Chief Dr Scott Steedman CBE FREng
Managing Editor Dominic Joyeux
Copy Editor Emily Bick
Editorial Board Professor John Burland CBE FREng FRS
Derek Hanson FREng
Michael Kenward OBE
John Loughhead OBE FREng
Martin Manning FREng
Dr Ian Nussey OBE FREng
Professor William Stewart FREng
Professor Liz Tanner FREng
Professor William Webb FREng
Stephen Vranch FREng


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