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Low cost system detects drowsy driving

24 Apr 2014

Researchers have developed an inexpensive, easy-to-install system that detects when drivers are becoming drowsy.

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Kongsberg's Hugin is one of the most popular deep water AUVs

Robotic submarines make waves in the oil and gas sector

15 Apr 2014| By Jon Excell

The changing demands of the offshore energy sector are driving the uptake of unmanned submarines.

The first of Farringdon's tunnels was completed in November 2013

Farringdon: the birth of a station

15 Apr 2014| By Jon Excell

Awkard geology and an ambitious scope make Farringdon station one of Crossrail’s most significant challenges. Jon Excell reports


Why are engineering firms struggling to recruit graduates?

15 Apr 2014| By Stephen Harris

Reports of a graduate engineer shortage are common yet competition for jobs remains fierce. Our roundtable panel proposed some potential solutions to the industry’s graduate problem.

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The Engineer - most recent commented stories The Engineer To infinity and beyond Mr anonymous, your analysis is spot on. I am a linguist, but engineering is in the family, and I am totally besotted with Skylon as realizor of Dan Dare / Thunderbirds future, the coolest launch vehicle on the planet. The article's a bit pessimistic in the details I think, as we are on some kind of track to create Skylon, even if it is 30 years late, and with regard to your succinct summary of the root causes gutting our proud Workshop of the World traditions, Osborne has shown faith in Skylon and also the "space" minister Willetts. There is a real feeling in this project of "don't throw it away like the jet engine". Leadership in Space may then help encourage the rebuilding of older gen British manufacturing excellence, from trains to chocolate. We hope. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:13 GMT 24 Apr 2014 3:13 pm 0 Multisensory 'Jedi putter' helps golfers make the cut I thought 'Jedi' was about relying on your senses and not resorting to technology? Other than the name, its a neat idea. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:16 GMT 24 Apr 2014 2:16 pm 1 Engineering prizes reveal how human spirit drives technology Love the idea of competitions and fiction (Around the World in 80 Days) as prompts to transformational innovation. Reading Asimov's 2014 predictions from 50 years ago. We need both dreamers and prompts to real life execution Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:54 GMT 24 Apr 2014 1:54 pm 0 The Engineer Q&A: aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth Some years ago, the ACA website posted a picture of the enormous propellers. How and when are these to be installed? Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:52 GMT 24 Apr 2014 1:52 pm 0 Energy storage needed in UK to offset cost of turning off wind turbines So tempting to say we told you so! Putting large amounts of money into non predictable energy sources was just crazy. The first renewables should have been barrages, geothermal which are a 100% predictable renewable sources Next should have been an infrastructure to deal with non-predictable sources. For example smart meters for electric storage heaters and other electrical appliances that can be run at any time (a take on economy 7), Then bring on line the unreliable sources, Solar, Wind etc. Of course thought should have been given to nuclear and clean coal fired solutions. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:38 GMT 24 Apr 2014 1:38 pm 0 Why are engineering firms struggling to recruit graduates? Trevor Dean makes some very valid points. Far too often we hear of teachers telling children, Engineering is for people who do not study hard enough Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:28 GMT 24 Apr 2014 1:28 pm 0 Last week's poll: Graduate employment Re: the Engineer's response to my post 18/04/2014. See below the definition of an engineer "An engineer is a professional practitioner of engineering, concerned with applying scientific knowledge, mathematics, and ingenuity to develop solutions for technical, societal and commercial problems. Engineers design materials, structures, and systems while considering the limitations imposed by practicality, regulation, safety, and cost. The word engineer is derived from the Latin roots ingeniare ("to contrive, devise") and ingenium ("cleverness"). The work of engineers forms the link between scientific discoveries and their subsequent applications to human needs and quality of life" To my mind to me "practicality" will only come from "Hands-on" experience. Acls tell me what degree will provide "ingenuity "? Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:54 GMT 24 Apr 2014 11:54 am 0 Farringdon: the birth of a station Very interesting article. The more that can be done to publicise the fantastic engineering feats of the Crossrail project to young people, the better for the future of the profession. I was interested in the the decision to leave the tunnelling machines in situ. I believe one of the Greathead Shields from the construction of the first 'tube' line in the 1880s is still in place near Moorgate Station. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:01 GMT 23 Apr 2014 6:01 pm 0 This week's poll: 3D printers in schools Absolutely - they should become a 'traditional hands on skill', alongside existing hands on skills. We need our next generation of engineers to be familiar with additive manufacturing technology. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:04 GMT 23 Apr 2014 3:04 pm 0 BAE Systems switches on assembly line for F-35 jets The F-35 was a Blair/coalition fiasco from the start. The coaltion scrapped the Harrier (bought by the USA for pennies) & we have carriers with no planes. F-35 '1st level partnership' has practically no UK manufacturing input as the US keeps changing the rules. Solution, a navalised Typhoon or Rafale, buy back of Harrier last development for further development. Resurrection of Nimrod after Osborne trashed them. US should refund UK. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:26 GMT 23 Apr 2014 12:26 pm 0

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Engineering firms need to rethink the graduate problem

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Young engineers know their skills are in high demand so companies must be smarter when trying to engage them, says Alex Parkes, future talent strategist at AIA Worldwide.

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