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Student project ideas

The Academy’s Visiting Professors often engage with undergraduate projects. At their recent meeting it was suggested that we start a list of ideas to share. Here it is! Please add to it. Portable wind turbine for disaster areas (from Aston) Solar powered car (many institutions) Formula Student car (many institutions) Bridge with low weight as …

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What else should engineers be good at?

There has been much discussion about the importance to an engineering graduate of so-called “soft skills” and the proposed new institution NMiTE plans to offer a degree in Liberal Engineering.  But what else – in addition to technical engineering topics – should be covered in any good engineering degree programme?  It is easy to put …

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Teaching Excellence – what is it?

The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) is almost upon us in UK universities.  However it begs the question “what is excellent teaching in engineering and how might we identify it?”.  The Academy has published a report which offers some ideas, but further comments would be very welcome.

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Mathematics in engineering

Traditionally professional engineers would be expected to be competent in many aspects of mathematics and maths courses feature heavily in most engineering degrees.  How important is this in employment?  I would welcome comments, specifically relating to your experience of using maths at work. By “using” I mean having to develop and solve equations yourself, rather …

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