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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

Drone competition off to a flying start

Drone competition off to a flying start
A variety of young budding engineers from across the UK and overseas will be challenged to design, build and operate an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) in a humanitarian aid mission as part of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ annual challenge. The competition, which is now in its fourth year, has been growing steadily since its launch, when twelve teams took part. This year, twenty-five teams will compete, including 4 international teams and a team from the University of Bath, which was crowned winner of the UAS Challenge 2017.
31st January 2018

Review nuclear approval process to cut costs and speed up development

Review nuclear approval process to cut costs and speed up development
A report has been released which suggests the Government should review nuclear approval process to cut costs and speed development, it also calls for greater support from the Government in nuclear skills. The Government should implement an independent review of the Generic Design Assessment (GDA) process, necessary for the approval of any nuclear reactor in the UK, to ensure that costs are not unnecessarily added and to enable the faster approval of Small Modular Reactors (SMRs), according to the report by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
5th January 2018

Without integrating engineering into curriculum the economy suffers

Without integrating engineering into curriculum the economy suffers
It is common knowledge that the UK is in the middle of an engineering skills crisis, but the Government are now worried that this will deepen without a fundamental change in the way we educate children about the 'made world'. School students have little exposure or understanding of engineering which is leading most to choose subjects which effectively rule out this career path early on in their schooling, according to a new report by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
18th December 2017

The economy will suffer without engineering in the curriculum

The economy will suffer without engineering in the curriculum
A new report by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, has warned that school students have little exposure or understanding of engineering which is leading most to choose subjects which effectively rule out this career path early on in their schooling.
20th November 2017

Public backs carbon capture coal power stations

Public backs carbon capture coal power stations
According to a new survey by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, a large proportion (50%) of the public would back the construction of new coal and gas fired power stations if there was an ability to capture and store any emissions produced. The survey, which looks at public views on UK electricity generation, found that the public also seem to prioritise security of supply and climate change over price.
4th October 2017

Investment into Bristol-based ultrasonic sensor company

Investment into Bristol-based ultrasonic sensor company
A new investment has been completed by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers through its £2m Stephenson Fund, into Bristol-based company Inductosense. Inductosense, a spin-out of Bristol University, is developing novel ultrasonic sensors for monitoring corrosion, cracks or defects. The technology is known as the WAND - Wireless And Non-Destructive system and it works by bringing a measurement probe near to a compact, battery-free sensor installed on a structure.
4th September 2017

The Manufacturer MX Awards 2017 – who’s on the shortlist?

The Manufacturer MX Awards 2017 – who’s on the shortlist?
A record number of UK manufacturers have been shortlisted for The Manufacturer MX Awards. Thirty-three percent of the 2017 shortlisted companies are new finalists, and overall, entries are up more than 25% compared with 2016, with some categories witnessing increases of 40-70%.
21st August 2017

Safety critical to Hyperloop One future say engineers

Safety critical to Hyperloop One future say engineers
Hyperloop One, the vacuum-tube linear motor propelled transport system, has achieved a successful test of all its sub-systems in a simplified test in Nevada. Philippa Oldham, Head of Transport and Manufacturing at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, said in response to test that safety systems are critical to technology ever being viable: “This completion of this first trial from Hyperloop One must be very exciting for the team working on the project.
14th July 2017

What does the Queen's speech mean for industry?

What does the Queen's speech mean for industry?
In response to the Queen’s speech 2017, Dr Colin Brown, Director of Engineering at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers commented: “It's reassuring that Government is committed to deliver plans for an Industrial Strategy, technical education, the next phase of High Speed Rail and support the UK’s automotive sector.”
14th July 2017

Graduate engineers triumph at Railway Challenge

A team of nine graduate engineers from SNC-Lavalin Rail & Transit, Derby, has retained the award of Overall Winner at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ Railway Challenge 2017 at the Stapleford Miniature Railway near Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire. The competition saw 11 teams compete against each other to design and manufacture the best, most innovative, efficient and quietest small-scale locomotive.
5th July 2017

Rail engineer appointed as 132nd President

Rail engineer appointed as 132nd President
The 132nd President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers has been announced as Carolyn Griffiths CEng FIMechE FREng from Burgess Hill, West Sussex. Carolyn commented on her appointment: “I am honoured to have been elected by the membership to become the President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.”
31st May 2017


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