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‘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

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

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


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

Students challenged to build the best drone

Students challenged to build the best drone
Some of the most talented young engineers from the UK and overseas will compete to design and build the best Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), also known as a drone, as part of the annual competition run by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Nineteen student teams from the UK and three international teams are set to compete.
16th January 2017

Engineers could save NHS money in 2017

Engineers think that they could help the NHS meet the Government’s efficiency savings and give NHS patients a better hospital experience if they were given more responsibility for the procurement, maintenance and calibration of medical equipment, according to a new survey of members of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Of the 200 engineers surveyed, 94% said that the UK should have a Chief Engineer, similar to a Chief Nurse or Chief Medical Officer, to oversee the use of medical equipment in NHS Trusts.
13th January 2017

Former F1 Chief Engineer appointed IMechE President

Jon Hilton CEng FIMechE from Northamptonshire has become the 131st President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. He commented: “I am delighted to be taking on this role and in my year as President I want to concentrate on developing professional engineers, as well as encouraging those who have already chosen engineering as a career to make the most of their choice.
27th May 2016

Institution responds to Queen's speech

Philippa Oldham, Head of Transport and Manufacturing at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, said in response to today’s Queen’s speech:
19th May 2016

IMechE Director of Engineering responds to the 2016 Budget

Following Chancellor George Osborne's 2016 budget speech. Dr Colin Brown, Director of Engineering at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), has responded:
17th March 2016

Chief Biomedical Engineer in each NHS Trust could save £700m

The Government could find savings of up to £700m by appointing a Chief Biomedical Engineer in each NHS Trust. This measure would encourage best practice in procurement, maintenance and use of medical equipment, according to the Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ Healthcare: Engineering Solutions for the NHS campaign document. The announcement comes as the Institution launches its latest Healthcare campaign to raise awareness of the work that engineers are doing in the healthcare sector.
25th February 2016

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Challenge 2016

Sixteen student teams from around the UK and one Egyptian team are to design and build an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), also known as a drone, as part of an annual competition run by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
2nd December 2015

UK space industry could be worth £40bn

The UK will miss out on the chance to capture £40bn of the global space market and an additional 100,000 jobs if Government and industry does not address the problem of restrictive regulations, barriers to investment, the growing skills shortages in engineering and science and fragmented collaboration between stakeholders, according to a new report by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
18th November 2015

Bridging the engineering skills gap

To help tackle the widening skills shortage within engineering, training company Amber Train has been acquired by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
16th November 2015

Report calls for household products to cater for older users

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers is today calling for Government and industry to ensure major infrastructure projects and more household products are designed to cater for older users. The recent report, 21st Century Engineering for an Ageing Population, makes five key recommendations about how engineering and engineers could play a role in meeting the needs of the increasing number of older people in the UK.
26th May 2015

Nanotechnology 'could revolutionise UK kidney disease care'

Nanotechnology 'could revolutionise UK kidney disease care'
A medical device which combines nanotechnology with a pregnancy test could help diagnose and treat the 1m people in the UK who don’t know they have kidney disease, a report by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IME) has revealed. Developed by engineers in London, the £10 device can be used at home and could revolutionise kidney disease care in the UK, says the IME.
25th February 2015

President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers makes honours list

President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers makes honours list
The President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers has received an OBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list. Group Captain Mark Hunt, recognised for his services to engineering in the RAF, was one of 243 people to receive an OBE for their outstanding achievements and service to the community in the list announced on 30th December 2014.
12th January 2015

Design & build drones of the future

Design & build drones of the future
The Institution of Mechanical Engineers is launching a competition which challenges Britain’s best young engineers to design and build life-saving Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UASs). The annual competition will be the fourth student engineering challenge event run by the Institution, joining Formula Student, the Railway Challenge and the Design Challenge.
20th November 2014

NASA joins UK academics to debate future air & space travel

Top scientists from NASA will join UK academics and industry leaders to debate the revolutionary green technologies which could power tomorrow’s air and spacecrafts, at a conference by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. As the world becomes increasingly concerned with climate change, international civil aviation’s contribution to lowering carbon emissions has never been in greater focus.
18th November 2014

Poor school careers advice deters future engineers

According to a new poll by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, UK pupils are receiving poor careers advice from teachers who lack understanding of business and industry. The survey reveals 42% of the 2,030 people polled believe careers guidance in UK secondary schools is poor, 26% adequate and just 10% good.
15th July 2014


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