Member News

Issue 28: 29 November 2011
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With a quarter of a century in the world of mobile communications, Dr Mike Short, VP of Telefonica Europe, looks forward to taking up the presidency of the IET, now in its 140th year

IET fellow Dame Sue Ion has strong views on the role nuclear power will play in delivering a sustainable energy mix for the future

Formula 1 in Schools, the only worldwide multi-disciplinary challenge for pupils aged 9-19, is now the largest global educational initiative for STEM subjects.

It would be impossible not to notice that we live in economically turbulent times. But what has this meant to engineering industry and in particular to engineering employment in the UK?

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About Member News magazine
Member News is a news magazine, and, alongside its website, covers the Institution's activities, aiming to make members feel part of the global IET community. This combined offering features in-depth profiles and interviews of IET members, whose work influences the IET and the wider community, together with informative feature articles, news stories, opinion pieces, and event write-ups from the IET's global networks.

Contributing to Member News
If you have material you think would be of interest, please contact the editor at membernews.editor@theiet.org. Contributions are invited in two categories:

  • Members in the news – up to 200 words detailing career moves, achievements etc.;
  • Community reports - up to 800 words comprising an event write-up or report from Local Networks, Technical and Professional Networks or other IET community.

Also in this issue

Promoting professional registration in China  ET arr

He may have moved half way across the world from the UK to China, but that hasn't stopped active member Andy Watson from continuing to promote professional registration and support IET student members.

Going high-tech against exam fraud  ET arr

Who doesn’t worry about exams? Discussed frequently in IET Forums, they elicit strong feelings as people become desperate for qualifications. But desperation can lead to cheating and, even worse, fraud, reports Ralph Adam.

Has online killed the intermediaries?  ET arr

Who needs expert help nowadays? According to Professor David Nicholas of University College London, we increasingly go to the Web for answers, rather than using specialists.

Governance Review  ET arr

A message from Dr Nigel Burton, IET President 2010/2011.

India’s great growth in mobile  ET arr

With the expectation of more than 6 billion mobile phones globally in 2011, IET president Dr Mike Short, vice president of Telefonica Europe, says we will need to take key lessons from both India and China as the largest mobile markets in the world

IET launches e-Books  ET arr

Another major step toward the IET’s digital publishing goals has been made with the launch of the e-Books service

Engineering & Technology Jobs  ET arr

For nearly 50 years the IET has provided details of job vacancies to its members, from print publication in 1964 to the current online job board

From the Vaults  ET arr

A number of new portraits hung around the building at Savoy Place, London, bringing the number of paintings in the building up to the grand total of 26. And watch this space – there may be more coming soon!

Obituaries  ET arr

Member News highlights the careers and achievements of recently deceased IET members.

The future of engineering according to Heinz Wolff  ET arr

Where are we going to be in 50 years time? asks Professor Heinz Wolff

IET member recognised for exceptional achievement  ET arr

IET member Rhys Phillips has received special recognition through the Welsh Livery Gold Award for his prolific activities in raising the profile of STEM topics and issues.

From humble beer can to photo-sensitive copier drums  ET arr

Can you think of a link between copiers and beer? If you’re familiar with the work of Ikujiro Nonaka you’ll know the answer!


Hewlett Packard site visit in Barcelona

Facilitated by local IET member, Gianni Cessel, a group of engineers recently visited the Hewlett Packard site in Sant Cugat, Barcelona.

Celebrating the best in engineering and technology

IET Achievement, Ambition and Innovation Awards 2011: highlighting the excellent work of today’s engineers and technicians, profiling the profession’s stars of tomorrow

IET announces partnership agreement with INCOSE UK

The IET and INCOSE UK recently signed an agreement enabling systems engineers to apply for professional registration without having to leave INCOSE UK

What’s the IET Strategy done for me?

There is a lot of talk about ‘strategy’ at the IET, but what has the Institution’s Strategy for the 21st Century, in place since 2009, really delivered?

STEM skills in Scotland

IET Policy Group facilitates debate at Holyrood, Scotland

IET support for Armed Forces

The IET’s activities with the Armed Forces have stepped up a gear during 2011, forging new relationships, strengthening existing links and cementing previous ties.

IET in the news…

The IET Communications team has been working hard over the last few months in raising the profile of the IET

IET focus on professionalism and ethics

IET Working Group producing first ever professionalism and ethics guidelines for the IT industry in India

MyIET Phase 2 goes live

Marking the second phase of the development, recent enhancements to MyIET went live at the beginning of September

A good site better...

The IET’s new redesigned website goes live