Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering

Social Engineering: Tackling Everyday Issues with Innovative Technology

  • Posted by QEPrize Admin
  • 17 July 2018

Black and white image of a man wearing a VR headset

After last month’s focus on diversity in engineering, Annelies Tjebbes, a Social Innovator and Biomedical Engineer, introduces us to a research project that pairs innovative technology with a poignant social issue. Through it, she shows us the extraordinary impact of engineering when interacting with a true diversity of experience and voices.

For example, how often do you get the chance to sit around the room with an artist, a tech wizard, a visionary senior, a rehabilitation coordinator, and a former inmate? For Annelies, it actually happened quite recently.


Read More

Engineering the World Cup: Cybersecurity Behind the Scenes

  • Posted by QEPrize Admin
  • 11 July 2018

Image of a Football and the World CupGiven 2018 politics and the growing number of cybercriminals, what event showcases extensive, global cybersecurity threats better than the FIFA World Cup?

As we recently discussed in our previous article on Uptane, the internet has produced an era of increasing hyperconnectivity. While it may, at times, appear convenient —the problem lies in our ability to secure it all. There are now so many devices running on so many different networks that securing everything can be a logistical nightmare.

Cybercriminals have an artillery of tools at their disposal and a breadth of targets with which to direct them towards. What’s more, the ‘reputational reward’ for cybercriminal groups is on the rise, and the geopolitical landscape is becoming increasingly complex. As such, high-profile networks, governing bodies, and events are becoming prime targets for cyberattacks.

To that end, what event provides a better example of international cybersecurity challenges than the FIFA World Cup?

Read More

Secure Software Updates for Vehicles: Living in the age of Science Fiction

  • Posted by QEPrize Admin
  • 9 July 2018

Image of a person driving their car through Miami.

The Internet is one of the most revolutionary technologies ever developed, producing a level of hyper-connectivity that has fundamentally changed the way we behave. Unfortunately, this connectivity is also the Internet’s greatest weakness. Trishank Karthik Kuppusamy, Chief Security Solutions Engineer at Datadog, Inc. talks us through the security landscape and outlines how new software developments can help to keep drivers safe on the roads.

Read More

Cybersecurity: The Dichotomy of AI

  • Posted by QEPrize Admin
  • 6 July 2018

Dichotomy of AI

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is transforming the world as we know it. It’s not just the tech world that’s feeling the heat. AI has seamlessly become a part of our everyday lives without us even realizing it.

Siri or Cortana, anyone?

Read More

The State of Engineering: Online Security and Cybercrime

  • Posted by QEPrize Admin
  • 3 July 2018

Image of a hacker in a dark room. Code is displayed in the background.

The realm of online security and cybercrime is an interesting space to watch. After the Hollywood limelight sensationalised them for years, the two topics are now moving away from popular culture. Lately, they’re located either in midst of socio-political debate or spread across the world’s media headlines.

Yet, at the same time, the field is a cornerstone of innovation. Rapid developments and the application of these innovations are paving the way forward for society. Funding continues to increase, and the perception of engineers in this area remains positive. The 2017 Create the Future report shows that 82% of international respondents see engineers as crucial to online security. As such, what is the state of engineering in this cybersecurity? Are advancements progressing as a self-contained endeavour, or are they more tightly interwoven with other processes? While the battle between engineers and cybercriminals rages on, where does the public fit?

Read More

Engineering Real-life Heroes Provides Role Models for Women in STEM

  • Posted by QEPrize Admin
  • 29 June 2018

Letitia Wright with Shell Eco-marathon students (Left to right: Shaniyaa Holness-Mckenzie, Hannah Clark, Letitia Wright, Kim Everett and Olga Posopkina Letitia Wright with Shell Eco-marathon students (Left to right: Shaniyaa Holness-Mckenzie, Hannah Clark, Letitia Wright, Kim Everett and Olga Posopkina) – Credit: BP


Engineering Real-life Heroes

On Monday (25 June), Shell launched a commendable online film — Engineering Real-life Heroes — as part of their annual #makethethefuture campaign to inspire the next generation of innovators. The film aims to shift current perceptions of STEM subjects and help reduce entry barriers to the sector for young people — young women in particular.

The representation of women in the UK within technical fields compares poorly with the rest of Europe – idling around 23% of the STEM workforce. As Dr Larissa Suzuki — the 2017 WES Young Engineer Award winner — recently highlighted, one of the main reasons for this low entry rate is the scarcity of visible role models in the profession for women.

Read More

Tackling the Skills Crisis Through STEM Outreach Initiatives

  • Posted by QEPrize Admin
  • 29 June 2018

As we’ve discussed throughout this month, there is a systemic underrepresentation of females, and people from black and ethnic minority backgrounds, in engineering. Promoting engineering to a wide audience is important to raise the profile of the profession. However, young people entering high school are one of the key players in changing this underrepresentation, as they can help to produce a generational shift in diversity. Encouraging young people to study engineering, and promoting engineering colloquially, are therefore part of a long lead strategy aiming to tackle this issue. As such, events that create a fun interaction with the field early on in life are therefore central to both improving diversity in the field, and to lessen the skills gap.

Read More

Be My Eyes Realises the Potential of Assistive Technology for Visually Impaired People

  • Posted by QEPrize Admin
  • 28 June 2018

Image of a visually impaired user using the Be My Eyes App to check the expiration date of an item

Following on from our recent article on SpecialEffect, we now turn to Be My Eyes, a company working on Assistive Technology developed to help visually impaired people. We hear about what they do, what a day in the life looks like for the team, and why they chose to interweave technology with the human connection.

Read More