Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering

Meet the new QEPrize judges: Henry Yang

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  • 24 April 2018

Dr Henry Yang is an aerospace engineer based in California, currently serving as the Chancellor of the University of California, Santa Barbara. Having authored over 180 scientific articles over his career, his current interests include developing bio-inspired materials, sensors, and actuators for building aerospace, mechanical, and civil structures. We are pleased to announce that Dr Yang is one of six new judges joining the QEPrize panel for the 2019 prize.

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Win BUILT – new book by Roma Agrawal!

  • Posted by QEPrize Admin
  • 16 April 2018

Why do skyscrapers sway? Can materials really repair themselves? Can one person cause a bridge to collapse?

QEPrize Ambassador Roma Agrawal has recently released a new book, exploring the mysteries of the built environment. To read an excerpt, click here!

We have five copies of BUILT to give away to our followers on Twitter. To be in with a chance of winning Roma’s new book, simply tweet us a picture of your favourite building, telling us why you love it so much! Make sure to use the hashtag #BUILT and tag @QEPrize in your tweet.

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Meet the new QEPrize judges: Jinghai Li

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  • 11 April 2018

We are pleased to introduce a new judge to the QEPrize judging panel: Jinghai Li. Professor Li established the Energy-Minimization Multi-Scale (EMMS) model for gas-solid systems. Currently, he works to promote the concept of mesoscience based on the EMMS principle of compromise in competition as an interdisciplinary science. We spoke to Professor Li to find out more about him.

What do you consider to be the most important innovation of the last 100 years?

I think the most important innovation has been information technology, which has lead significant changes in social life and human behaviours, such as in communication and computation.

Why is it so important that we attract young people into the field of engineering? What motivates you to be an advocate for young engineers?

At the moment, research paradigm in science and engineering is changing very quickly, calling for new knowledge and new conceptual input. We need young engineers because they are more open to be involved in this change.

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Busting myths and building bridges: Ambassadors at Ashmount School

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  • 9 April 2018

How do you inspire the next generation of engineers? It turns out that a batch of ‘flying’ eggs, some eye-catching PowerPoints and a whole lot of spaghetti can make a pretty good start.

On 21-23 March, a team of three Ambassadors visited Ashmount School in Islington, to inspire students as part of their STEM week. Their lessons were inspired by engineering ‘heroes’ in the form of Andrea Beatty’s characters, ‘Iggy Peck, Architect’ (year 1) and ‘Rosie Revere, Engineer’ (year 2). Year 3 learned about Lonnie G Johnson (NASA engineer who invented the super soaker).

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Meet the new QEPrize judges: Raghunath Mashelkar

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  • 3 April 2018

Dr Raghunath Mashelkar is a chemical engineer from India. He is currently National Research Professor, Chairman of India’s National Innovation Foundation and President of Global Research Alliance. We are pleased to announce that Dr Mashelkar will be joining the QEPrize judging panel for the 2019 prize.

Why did you become involved with the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering?

Nobel prizes in chemistry, physics, economics, literature, peace and physiology or medicine acknowledged the path breaking human achievements in these fields. But for the first time, Queen Elizabeth Prize in Engineering recognises the great transformative and game changing role that engineers play. Most importantly, the prize recognises ground breaking innovations that bring global benefit to humanity. As a proud engineer, I feel extremely privileged to be a part of the eminent jury for the selection of this great prize.

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AI: The future of music creation?

  • Posted by QEPrize Admin
  • 29 March 2018

The evolution of music creation has always been rife with controversy and resistance. Take the words of early 20th century classical guitar virtuoso Andres Segovia.

“Electric guitars are an abomination, whoever heard of an electric violin? An electric cello? Or for that matter an electric singer?”

But as Segovia probably knew; breaking barriers and ruffling feathers is the backbone of art and music. As with evolution of technology in any industry, the sea of change pays no respect to protests from the old guard. These days, electric violins, cellos and even singers are commonplace. As for electric guitars? Last year over one million electric guitars were sold in the US.

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Meet the new QEPrize judges: Ilya Marotta

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  • 27 March 2018

Ilya Espino De Marotta is a marine engineer who has worked on the Panama Canal for over 30 years. She led the expansion of the Panama Canal as Chief Engineer, which was completed in 2016. Ilya has won numerous awards for her work in engineering and is seen as an outstanding role model for women in the industry. We are delighted that Ilya is joining the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering judging panel for the 2019 prize.

Why did you become involved with the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering?

I was invited to participate, and I am honoured to have been invited. I believe in engineering as a game changer for the world.

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Global economic growth restricted by shortage of engineers

  • Posted by QEPrize Admin
  • 26 March 2018

Research by The Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering has warned that economic growth could slow down if the rising gap between demand for and supply of engineers is not addressed globally.

The findings, part of the QEPrize Create the Future report, which discussed a range of engineering issues with 10,000 people across 10 countries, highlight the reliance on engineering to drive global economic growth, with a clear increase in demand for engineers in many countries.

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