Ingenia - Issue 84, September 2020


Strengthening supply chains

Scott Steedman CBE FREng

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In brief

In brief

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What primary schools can teach us about skills for engineering

Dr Susan Scurlock MBE

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Teams that count

Michael Kenward OBE

Dervilla Mitchell CBE FREng, winner of the 2020 Royal Academy of Engineering President’s Medal, has worked on many iconic civil engineering projects. 

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How I got here

Award-winning young engineers share what they love about engineering and how they became interested in the profession.

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Air-breathing rocket engine

Hugh Ferguson

A team from Reaction Engines has carried out successful  completion of high-temperature tests of a unique precooler  system for jet engines.

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Groundbreaking digging

Neil Cumins

JCB’s world-first electric digger recently won the Royal Academy of Engineering’s MacRobert Award, which recognises innovation, benefit to society and commercial success.

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Hands as machines

Geoff Watts

Shadow Robot Company’s mechanical Dexterous Hand is being employed to do the jobs that human hands cannot.

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Learning code with robots

Richard Hopkins FREng

Engineer Richard Hopkins FREng uses his robotic designs to inspire young people and encourage them to pursue an interest in engineering. 

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Silver Medallists

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Sustainably transporting gas

Dominic Joyeux

Ships carrying liquified natural gas (LNG) must control the pressure of their cargo, as evaporation occurs in the tanks.  The ecoSMRT® system captures and reliquefies this ‘boil-off’ gas, significantly reducing emissions.

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INNOVATION WATCH - Reducing surgeries for dialysis patients

Pathfinder Medical’s ePATH is helping make surgery for dialysis patients more efficient.

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MQA technology allows music listeners to hear exactly what was recorded in the studio. 

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Editorial Board

  Editor-in-Chief Dr Scott Steedman CBE FREng
  Managing Editor Gemma Hummerston
  Publications Officer Portia Sale
  Editorial Board

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
Dr Anna Ploszajski 
Professor Simon Pollard FREng
Professor William Stewart FREng
Professor Liz Tanner OBE FREng FRSE
Faith Wainwright MBE FREng

  Director, Communications and Partnerships Jo Trigg


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