Ingenia - Issue 78, March 2019
Focus on physics
Dr Scott Steedman CBE FREng
Is engineering productive?
Professor Will Stewart FREng
A role model for the next generation
Michael Kenward OBE
Air Marshal Susan Gray CB OBE FREng has recently become the most senior female military officer in the Armed Forces. As an RAF engineer, she is keen to encourage more young people, especially women, into careers in STEM.
HOW I GOT HERE
Dr Anh Tran
Humanitarian engineer Dr Anh Tran carries out research in areas including energy, water and food to help make changes with resource-limited communities.
Biofuels’ journey to the mainstream
Biofuels have been around for many years but have not been widely adopted. However, recent government initiatives on climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions are encouraging their use in transport.
Farming for future growth
Growing produce in vertical farms is helping to meet challenges related to food demand, waste, cost and space, by using innovative engineering techniques around artificial light and energy consumption.
A new contender for energy storage
The world’s first liquid air energy storage system is pioneering a new way to store power, acting as a giant rechargeable battery to absorb excess energy and release it when needed.
Communication at the speed of light
Light fidelity, or ‘Li-Fi’, is a wireless communications technology that transmits high-speed data via common household LEDs; an alternative to Wi-Fi that could transform online connectivity.
The right climate for efficient semiconductors
Electrical circuits waste energy when changing voltage and switching between currents, but a new generation of semiconductor materials is helping to reduce these losses and cut the carbon footprint of many devices.
INNOVATION WATCH - Robots in the field
A new range of agricultural robots will be working in UK fields this summer to select, pick and pack ripe strawberries.
HOW DOES THAT WORK - Beamforming
5G technology will use a technique called beamforming to direct radio energy.
|Editor-in-Chief||Dr Scott Steedman CBE FREng|
|Managing Editor||Gemma Hummerston|
|Publications Officer||Portia Sale|
|Editorial Board||Professor Andrew Bell FREng
Professor John Burland CBE FREng FRS
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
Professor William Stewart FREng
Professor Liz Tanner OBE FREng FRSE
Faith Wainwright MBE FREng
Professor William Webb FREng
|Associate Director, Communications and Partnerships||Jo Trigg|
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