QEPrize announces appointments to an international judging panel

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Academics from Brazil and Saudi Arabia join the judging panel following the launch of nominations last month.

The Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering is delighted to announce the appointment of Prof. Carlos Henrique de Brito Cruz and Dr. Jean-Lou Chameau to the judging panel for the 2017 Prize.  The QEPrize, the most prestigious engineering prize in the world, is awarded biennially and celebrates an engineer, or group of engineers, responsible for a ground-breaking innovation in engineering that has been of global benefit to humanity. 

What goes into keeping the lights on


The National Grid, as the body that is responsible for providing safe and reliable energy to millions of homes across the UK, is constantly looking ahead to identify possible challenges or issues that might affect the UK’s energy landscape. In 2013, Ofgem identified a potential threat to National Grid’s ability to deliver an uninterrupted energy supply, caused by environmental and economic factors, as there was limited investment going into new power stations. In light of these concerns, National Grid set about working with TCS to control this risk and ensure a steady supply of energy in the coming years.

QEPrize judge, Professor Brian Cox, elected as Fellow of the Royal Society

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Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering judge, Professor Brian Cox, was among 50 leading scientists to be elected as Fellows of the Royal Society in an announcement last week. The Royal Society is a self-governing fellowship, comprised of the world’s most distinguished scientists, drawn from all areas of science, engineering and medicine.

Foremost a particle physicist, Royal Society University Research Fellow and professor at the University of Manchester, Cox is also an active champion of public engagement in science and engineering.

QEPrize judge wins 2016 Millennium Technology Prize

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QEPrize judge Frances Arnold, Professor of Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering and Biochemistry at Caltech, has been awarded the Millennium Technology Prize for her work in “directed evolution”. The Millennium Technology Prize, worth one million euros, is the world’s most prominent award for technological innovation.   

Taking remote control: A day in the life of US wind operations


Weather warnings. Voltage queries. Temporary connection loss. It’s all in a day’s work for the staff at BP Wind’s remote operations center. Find out how 16 wind farms across the US are monitored carefully from a Houston high-rise location.

Since the age of classic ocean-going sailing ships, few have studied the wind as intently as a small BP team based in a Houston office. These modern-day wind enthusiasts work at BP’s remote operations center (ROC) where everything from violent gusts to the doldrums is tracked at 16 wind farms across the United States.

Engineer your energy career


We use energy in almost everything we do. It powers our cars, our homes, our offices and our schools, just to name a few. Without it we would have no mobiles, Wi-Fi, cars, planes, computers. The list could go on and on.

Most of our energy still comes from shrinking resources such as coal, oil and gas. As the world population grows, we are digging, drilling and burning more than ever and this is having a negative impact on the environment. Finding clean and green ways to generate energy has never been more important; and that is where energy engineers come in.

Propelling Britain’s cyclists towards success

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Experts at BAE Systems have revealed details of the highly-advanced technology it has developed for Britain’s top cycling athletes to help propel them to success in 2016.

A team of engineering experts at BAE Systems has worked closely with the British Cycling team to develop a state-of-the art advanced cycling ergometer that measures the immense power output of elite cyclists.

Can vegetarians save us from climate change?

When thinking about ways to tackle climate change, I usually end up drowning in the details because of the overwhelming magnitude of the issue. This is where the DECC (Department of Energy and Climate Change) Global Calculator comes to the rescue.

The calculator tool brings all of the different elements that affect the climate together in one place, making it easy to see how they interact with each other. It does this by modelling the world’s energy, land and food systems, and allows you to imagine and create your own version of the future.