Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering

Software and the Internet

Margaret Hamilton: Apollo’s Code

  • Posted by QEPrize Admin
  • 28 January 2016

Margaret Hamilton

Gaining global Twitter-fame in 2014, there is no doubt that many will recognise the iconic photograph of a young woman grinning as she adds the final folder to a stack of papers that looms above her.  The five-foot-something tower in question was the software code responsible for landing Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the moon back in 1969, and the lady beside it was Margaret Hamilton, one of its programmers.

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Engineering Hollywood

  • Posted by QEPrize Admin
  • 22 January 2016

Cinema - Engineering Hollywood

Hollywood may be more commonly known for its film stars and glittering lights, but alongside their movie-town status, the Hills are a top destination for budding engineers.

From the dizzyingly photo-realistic scenery of ‘Gravity’ to the iconic opening sequence of the latest ‘Bond’ instalment, visual effects (VFX) have become a staple feature of modern cinema.  Even the pre-film advertisement reel has been digitally enhanced.  And behind all of this blockbuster-worthy VFX lies a massive range of artists, designers and both software and mechanical engineers, creating entire worlds from reams of coded script and intricately designed rigs.

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Engineers hold the key to Mark Zuckerberg’s AI dream

  • Posted by QEPrize Admin
  • 20 January 2016

Mark Zuckerberg

World leaders of government and business are gathering in the Alpine town of Davos this week for 2016’s World Economic Forum (WEF). The theme for this year’s discussion is Mastering the Fourth Industrial Revolution and amongst the speakers is Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chair Jeremy O’Brien.

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Software in Space: Astro Pi

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  • 19 January 2016

Tim Peake holds a Raspberry Pi

Pocket sized and costing just pocket change, the Raspberry Pi is the fastest selling personal computer to come out of the UK, with almost 8 million units sold to date.  And in the few short years since its launch, it sure has gone a long way!

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Juergen Maier: How will a shortage of engineers affect the industry?

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  • 18 January 2016

The engineering industry is seeing an increasing shortage of engineers. Juergen Maier, CEO of Siemens UK, identifies which engineering disciplines are affected and what can be done to solve the issue.

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James Goodfellow: Inventor of the PIN

  • Posted by QEPrize Admin
  • 14 January 2016

ATM Keypad - PIN invented by James Goodfellow

Software engineering in today’s world is a big business, and software engineers have become our everyday heroes.  Zuckerberg has become a household name, supermodels are leading girls into the world of coding, and Academy Awards are being won by software engineers for computer generated cinema.  Programming is becoming cool, and so it should.

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Juergen Maier: Opportunities for young engineers

  • Posted by QEPrize Admin
  • 11 January 2016

The engineering industry is changing, opening up new opportunities for young people to work in software and digital fields. In an interview with Keshini Navaratnam, Juergen Maier, UK CEO of Siemens, shares his perspective on the evolving industry and the way Siemens are working to inspire young people.

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The future of fashion: Internet-connected clothing

  • Posted by QEPrize Admin
  • 8 January 2016

Cutecircuit dress

The internet has changed every part of society, from our homes and workplaces to the way we shop and educate ourselves. One of the more unusual ways the internet is being used is to enhance and personalise clothing. Wearable technology pioneers CuteCircuit have been a driving force in the fashion world since 2004, creating garments which utilise the internet in innovative ways.

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