Ingenia - Issue 73, December 2017


Open data opportunities

Dr Scott Steedman CBE FREng

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How engineering can take its place in the spotlight

The Rt Hon John Hayes CBE MP

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A talent for bursting bubbles

Michael Kenward OBE

Professor Timothy Leighton FREng FRS's research has taken in a variety of areas, from underwater acoustics and ultrasonics to antimicrobial and antibiotic resistance.

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Q & A - Anna Ploszajski

Materials engineer Anna Ploszajski has a sideline in stand-up comedy, which she uses to communicate the excitement of engineering to the public

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Ready to break records

Richard Gray and Mark Chapman

The Bloodhound Supersonic Car has overcome several engineering challenges in its development. The vehicle is aiming to break the world land speed record in South Africa.

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Copenhagen's 'kissing' bridge

Ian Firth FREng and Amar Bahra

An innovative sliding bridge in the Danish capital has transformed commuting for hundreds of pedestrians and cyclists, as well as becoming a tourist attraction.

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Image revolutionaries

Geoff Watts

The 2017 Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering was awarded to the four engineers whose individual contributions led to the creation of digital image sensors.

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Accurate targeting of tumours

Tereza Pultarova and Norman Smith

The AlignRT surface-guided radiotherapy treatment system tracks a patient's position before and during radiotherapy to maximise comfort and accuracy.

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The sky's the limit

Hugh Ferguson and Kamran Moazami

432 Park Avenue in New York is one of the world's tallest and most slender buildings, so innovative engineering was essential to its design.

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INNOVATION WATCH - The world's smallest gravimeter

Researchers from the University of Glasgow have created a small and affordable gravimeter - a device used to detect even the smallest changes in gravity.

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The technology used in drones is becoming more advanced as their use becomes more widespread.

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Editorial Board

Board members for this issue are:

Editor-in-Chief Dr Scott Steedman CBE FREng
Managing Editor Gemma Hummerston
Editorial Assistant Portia Sale
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
Associate Director, Communications and Partnerships Jo Trigg


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 of 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’s 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.

BAE Systems

BAE Systems Sponsor picture

BAE Systems is a global defence, aerospace and security company with approximately 82,500 employees worldwide and operations in countries including the US, UK, Saudi Arabia, and Australia. 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 2015, BAE Systems reported sales of £17.9 billion.



ARUP Sponsor picture

Arup 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 in 1946, Arup has over 12,800 employees based in 89 offices, working across 146 countries on 14,000 projects in any given year. 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.

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