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Issue 86

March 2021

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Guru Krishnamoorthy (left), CEO of Penlon, and Dick Elsy CBE FREng (right), Chairman of the VCUK Consortium and CEO of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult with the Penlon ESO 2 ventilator.
  • Mechanical
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All hands to the pumps

When COVID-19 filled hospitals with patients, the UK’s engineering community rose to the challenge. In record time, they created production lines to make ventilators for intensive care units, redesigning equipment, negotiating unfamiliar certification processes, and building supply chains almost overnight.

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  • Environment & sustainability
  • Maritime & naval
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Helping the green revolution

Hornsea One, the world’s largest offshore wind farm can generate enough electricity to supply over one million UK homes and led to the construction of the next phase, Hornsea Two. To create the record-breaking offshore wind farm, Ørsted engineers faced substantial challenges which they had to overcome.

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  • Software & computer science
  • Technology & robotics
  • How does that work?
  • Issue 86

How do chatbots work?

As human interaction online gradually gives way to automated responses, chatbots must impersonate us without attempting to replicate human empathy or enthusiasm.

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  • Design & manufacturing
  • Mechanical
  • How I got here
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Q&A: Felicity Milton

Felicity Milton is a mechanical engineer and Senior Manager, Strategy and Innovation at adidas, where she is responsible for digital strategy and business model innovation.

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A pair of glasses made from food waste on a stand.
  • Environment & sustainability
  • Arts & culture
  • Innovation Watch
  • Issue 86

From food waste to fashion

Chip[s] Board is turning potato peel into sustainable bioplastics for the fashion and interior design industries to simultaneously tackle the problems of food waste and plastic pollution.

Aakeen Parikh looking at an off-grid washing machine outside a building in Minazi, Rwanda,.
  • Environment & sustainability
  • Issue 86

Lessons from the field

Many young engineers spend time working with communities and engineers in other countries to help develop their skills at the start of their careers. Abigail Beall talked to three engineers about the impact working abroad has had on their career paths and outlooks, gaining valuable experience that they couldn’t have gained in the UK.

A tractor on top of a pile of rubbish at a landfill site.
  • Environment & sustainability
  • Issue 86

Life after landfills

UK households produce over 25 million tonnes of waste a year, around 400 kilograms per person (roughly equivalent to four giant pandas). Around 45% of this is recycled, but what happens to the waste that can neither be recycled nor reused? Dominic Joyeux discovered how waste going to landfill is contributing to the circular economy.

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A welder in a tunnel at the CERN Neutrinos to Gran Sasso decay tube.
  • Opinion
  • Issue 86

Engineering skills to better meet society’s needs

The UK – and indeed the world – is dealing with some of the most complex challenges it has ever faced. Dawn Bonfield MBE and Professor Bashir Al-Hashimi CBE FREng believe that a change in the engineering education curriculum will help build the skills for a sustainable and inclusive future.

A headshot of Dr Luisa Freitas dos Santos FREng.
  • Design & manufacturing
  • Profiles
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Facing engineering’s ultimate challenge

Dr Luisa Freitas dos Santos FREng – with teams to manage in Singapore, the UK and the US – was one of the first people in the UK to experience how the pandemic would affect engineering operations

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  • Software & computer science
  • Maritime & naval
  • Issue 86

The Mayflower sails again

A fully autonomous vessel is preparing to retrace the 1620 route of the Mayflower ship from Plymouth to New England. Neil Cumins spoke to Andy Stanford-Clark, IBM’s UK and Ireland Chief Technology Officer, about the pioneering technology behind this 21st century mission.