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Less than a quarter of UK adults support deliveries by drone

Less than a quarter of UK adults support deliveries by drone
Companies are looking into using drones to deliver online orders more quickly and cheaply, but they are likely to face considerable opposition as new research by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) shows that less than a quarter of UK adults support the idea.
4th December 2019

Plymouth and Brunel engineering students win 2019 Design Challenge

Plymouth and Brunel engineering students win 2019 Design Challenge
Student teams from Plymouth University and Brunel University London have been crowned champions of this year’s Design Challenge, organised by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers to encourage young engineers to develop their technical and design skills.
7th November 2019

Inspirational steam engine receives Engineering Heritage Award

Inspirational steam engine receives Engineering Heritage Award
The Newcomen model steam engine in The Hunterian Museum at the University of Glasgow has received an Engineering Heritage Award from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers to recognise its importance in inspiring James Watt’s pioneering achievements. 
8th October 2019


Manufacturing technology centre team wins home automation challenge

Team Prodigies from the Manufacturing Technology Centre won this year’s Home Automation Challenge with their automated irrigation system, impressing the judges with their creativity and technical skills in designing and manufacturing their product. The competition, run by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, challenges apprentices to use their ingenuity to make or improve a device to make life at home or gardening easier.
24th July 2019

Reaction to ultra low emission zone in central London

Reaction to ultra low emission zone in central London
Dr Jenifer Baxter, Head of Engineering at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, has commented on today's launch of the Ultra Low Emission Zone in central London: “We welcome today’s launch of the Ultra Low Emission Zone in central London. It is an important step, however we need to be making a much more determined effort to deal with transport emissions across the UK. 
8th April 2019

‘Game of Drones’ returns to Wales in June

‘Game of Drones’ returns to Wales in June
  An international drone competition returns to north Wales between 16th-18th June 2019 with Welsh Government backing and a home team competing from Wrexham Glyndwr University.
19th February 2019

Brexit may present opportunities for UK pressure equipment makers

Brexit may present opportunities for UK pressure equipment makers
Leaving the European Union could provide UK pressure equipment manufacturers with significant opportunities to develop new markets provided the Government establishes appropriate safety rules, according to a new report from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. The UK has a long history of manufacturing pressure safety equipment which is essential to a wide range of industries, ranging from large-scale power plants to coffee machines in public cafes.
4th February 2019

Engineering Heritage Award received

Engineering Heritage Award received
A factory which manufactured more than 10,000 Spitfires during WWII and now produces Jaguars received recognition, as Jaguar Land Rover’s Castle Bromwich Assembly Plant was presented with a prestigious Engineering Heritage Award by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, which recognises its engineering importance.
19th December 2018

Tyseley Locomotive Works receives Engineering Heritage Award

Tyseley Locomotive Works receives Engineering Heritage Award
The centre of excellence for steam locomotive engineering receives the accolade from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Tyseley Locomotive Works, the working locomotive restoration centre and home of Vintage Trains, was presented with an Engineering Heritage Award by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers at a ceremony in Birmingham on 18th September. 
24th September 2018

How do we encourage more female engineer apprentices?

How do we encourage more female engineer apprentices?
According to new research from the Institution of Mechanical Engineering, many more young women could be interested in becoming engineering apprentices but for them to be ‘converted’ to engineering, there needs to be more support and encouragement later in their school careers.
13th September 2018

Structural Awards shows engineering influencing modern design

Structural Awards shows engineering influencing modern design
The Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) has officially revealed the shortlist for the Structural Awards 2018, featuring 53 entries selected from 115 projects globally. Now in its 51st year, these prestigious annual awards celebrate the world’s best engineering structures and demonstrate the diversity of structural engineering.
1st August 2018

Driverless car unveiled by Formula Student

Driverless car unveiled by Formula Student
To mark the 20th anniversary of Formula Student, the student racing car event run by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers has launched a driverless element to the competition. Some teams have been tasked with developing a cost-effective software package to enable an Artificial Intelligence (AI) car to make its own decisions, and evolve to improve its own importance.  
13th July 2018

Istanbul Technical University students win UAS drone competition

Istanbul Technical University students win UAS drone competition
  Engineering students from Istanbul Technical University beat 20 other teams to be crowned the winners of the 'fly-off' final of the UAS Challenge 2018 drone design competition, which is organised by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
22nd June 2018

Student racing car winners go head-to-head in one-off Grand Prix race

Student racing car winners go head-to-head in one-off Grand Prix race
To mark the 20th anniversary of Formula Student, the student engineering design event run by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, are holding a one-off race at Silverstone on Qualifying Day of the Formula One British Grand Prix. The 100m acceleration race will see the winning car from the first event in 1998, from The University of Texas Arlington, go wheel to wheel against last year’s winner from Cardiff University.
15th June 2018

Engineering numbers grow

Engineering numbers grow
New registrations rose to 2,933 last year in the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, an increase of nearly 6% on 2016 and the third year of consecutive growth, according to the latest figures from the Engineering Council. IMechE reported a higher number of total new registrations than any other professional engineering institution, a trend which it has maintained for six years in a row.
26th April 2018

The UK must do more to attract best talent to engineering

The UK must do more to attract best talent to engineering
EngineeringUK has published new research which underlines the importance of the engineering sector to the UK economy, turning over £1.2 trillion a year and employing almost 19% (5.6m people) of the country’s workforce. Yet despite this significance, the future of the sector is being put at risk due to an ongoing shortage of people with engineering skills, compounded by a lack of awareness amongst young people about engineering as a potential career path.
26th March 2018

The smart cities: is technology our friend or foe?

The smart cities: is technology our friend or foe?
  According to a new report by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the UK needs to build new levels of resilience and reliability into its electricity networks, including protection against hackers, to support the country’s increasingly digital infrastructure.
9th March 2018

Teams gear up for student racing event Formula Student 2018

Teams gear up for student racing event Formula Student 2018
This year over 130 student teams from over 30 countries will take part is Formula Student, the student racing car event run by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, this July. Formula Student challenges university teams from across the world to design, build and race a single-seater racing car in one year. The cars are then judged on their speed, acceleration and endurance, while the teams are tested on their design, costing and business presentation skills.
1st March 2018

Student engineers gear up for railway engineering competition

Student engineers gear up for railway engineering competition
  Eleven student and apprentice teams from the UK, Germany and Egypt are preparing to take part in the Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ Railway Challenge in Stapleford Miniature Railway in Leicestershire in June.
20th February 2018

Are you an exceptional engineer?

Are you an exceptional engineer?
Calling for all nominations, this year’s Prestige Awards from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers has prizes on offer worth about £20,000. The Prestige Awards champion engineers who have improved the world, or advanced the discipline of engineering both through professional and volunteering efforts. 
14th February 2018


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