Contents

Ingenia - Issue 69, December 2016

Editorial

A Cinderella material

Dr Scott Steedman CBE FREng

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In brief

Study Shows Link Between Engineering and Economic Development

A new global study carried out by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) has found that there is a strong positive correlation between engineering strength and a country’s economic development.

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Letters

Certainty and Coopearation are Key

In his September editorial, Dr Scott Steedman CBE FREng highlighted the need for solutions to the numerous key issues in defining the UK’s new relationship with the EU.

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Opinion

Data as critical national infrastructure

Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt FREng

Why data is a vital infrastructure that needs to be invested in, maintained and supported?

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Profile

Taking engineering to industry

Michael Kenward OBE

As CEO of Rolls-Royce, Warren East CBE FREng is forging links with academia with a keenness to turn engineering research into profitable products

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Articles

Engineering personality into robots

Richard Gray

Advances in technology are being used to give robots character and making the futuristic machines seen in sci-fi films real

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Built on principles: White Collar Factory

Hugh Ferguson

Good simple engineering is changing the design of the modern urban office, replacing open-plan rooms, neatly plastered walls and ceilings, and highly tuned air-conditioning systems with high ceilings, bare concrete finishes and natural ventilation

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How to create the perfect wave

Sarah Griffiths

Waves of various shapes and sizes are being created by engineers for swimming, surfing, testing and research

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Manufacturing power stations

Harry Edwards, Adam Locke and Andrew Jackson

Small modular reactors that have components manufactured in factories and constructed onsite could offer a quicker and cheaper alternative to generating nuclear power

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Research with impact

Professor Philip Nelson FREng

Research and development in universities are having real impact on the engineering industry

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INNOVATION WATCH - An appetite for oil

Gobbler boat, an innovative oil-spill retrieval vessel, is providing a cost-effective and efficient solution to dealing with the scenarios that arise from oil spills

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HOW DOES THAT WORK? - Lithium-ion batteries

Li-ion batteries have revolutionised modern life, through their application in consumer electronics and by powering applications as diverse as medical implants, grid-scale storage and satellites

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Editorial Board

The members of the Ingenia editorial board

Editor-in-Chief Dr Scott Steedman CBE FREng
Managing Editor Gemma Hummerston
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


Sponsors

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

The Royal Academy of Engineering acknowledges the generous support by the following organisations for Ingenia:

- Rolls-Royce plc

Rolls-Royce Sponsor picture

Rolls-Royce’s vision is to create better power for a changing world via two main business divisions, Aerospace and Land & Sea. These business divisions address markets with two strong technology platforms, gas turbines and reciprocating engines. Rolls-Royce has customers in more than 120 countries, comprising more than 380 airlines and leasing customers, 160 armed forces, 4,000 marine customers including 70 navies, and more than 5,000 power and nuclear customers.

Annual underlying revenue was £14.6 billion in 2014 and the firm and announced order book stood at £73.7 billion at the end of 2014. In 2014, Rolls-Royce invested £1.2 billion on research and development. We also support a global network of 31 University Technology Centres, which position Rolls-Royce engineers at the forefront of scientific research. Rolls-Royce employs over 54,000 people in more than 50 countries. Over 15,500 of these are engineers.
[www.rolls-royce.com]

- BAE Systems

BAE Systems Sponsor pictureBAE Systems is a global defence, aerospace and security company with approximately 84,600 employees worldwide and operations in the US, UK, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Australia and India. The Company delivers a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and customer support services. In 2013 BAE Systems reported sales of £18.2 billion.
[www.baesystems.com]

- ARUP

ARUP Sponsor pictureARUP is a global firm of designers, engineers and business consultants providing a diverse range of professional services to our clients around the world. Sustainability underpins our work and the firm is the creative force behind many of the world’s most innovative and sustainable buildings, transport and civil engineering projects. Established 60 years ago, ARUP has nearly 9,000 employees, based in 86 offices in 37 countries, working on up to 10,000 projects at any one time. ARUP is a wholly-independent firm owned in trust on behalf of our staff. With no external shareholders, this independence enables us to shape our own direction with no outside pressure or influence.
[www.arup.com]

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