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8 May 2012
Richard Green with Michelle Richmond

IET member Richard Green has become the first and youngest CEng graduate of the Engineering Gateways scheme.

Green was studying a flexible work-based MSc in Professional Engineering, which provides a pathway to professional engineering registration as part of the Engineering Gateways initiative, launched by the Engineering Council five years ago. The MSc is part of the initiative in collaboration with four universities and three professional engineering institutions, including the IET.
“We are delighted that an exceptional young IET member has become the first Chartered Engineer through this route,” said Michelle Richmond, IET director of Membership and Professional Development.
As well as gaining the academic requirement for Chartered Engineer status through the MSc, Green was also able to use work from his degree to underpin the development of some of the required competences. Together with the competences he has acquired through work, he was quickly able to apply to the IET for his professional review interview for CEng. “The combination of vocational and academic study has really contributed to my success, allowing me to apply theory to practice and vice versa,” he said.
The Engineering Council states that the initiative offers ‘substantial benefits to both individuals and their employers’ as it enables engineers to pursue a degree programme and structure their MSc learning around the professional engineering tasks they undertake at work, without the disruption of time away from their company.
“We would like to congratulate Richard on achieving CEng status,” said Jon Prichard, CEO of the Engineering Council. “This is an important milestone in the development of the Engineering Gateways scheme. “In addition to his own hard work, Richard’s success has been made possible by the valuable contribution of all our partners in the development of the programme – employers, universities and professional engineering institutions.”
Green graduated in 2011 from Kingston University in London, one of the four higher education institutions initially involved in the programme and his route to CEng began with completion of an Advanced Apprenticeship, while studying part-time for an ONC and two HNCs in engineering. He then took two part-time Bachelors degrees in mechanical engineering and business management at Hull, achieving a first in each subject.
He currently works for Eggborough Power as an engineer, specialising in life extension projects, in particular emissions reduction and renewable power. “For us, having staff with Chartered status is important because this demonstrates the industry gold standard to our clients and denotes a high level of knowledge and experience,” said Paul Cook, engineering director from Eggborough Power.

Find out more about Engineering Gateways at www.engc.org.uk/education--skills/engineering-gateways

out&about

Senior engineer Madam Li Mofang has become only the second woman in China to be awarded Honorary Fellowship of the IET, receiving the honour in recognition of her outstanding work in engineering, particularly in China, and the world of mobile telecommunications. The former chief technology officer of China Mobile, Madam Li is currently the director of China Mobile’s Technical Consulting Committee.
Madam Li said: “I am deeply honored to be an Honorary Fellow of the IET. This is not only an award to me as an individual, but also an honor to the whole of China’s mobile and telecommunication industry.” She formally received her Honorary Fellowship from IET president Dr Mike Short at the IET’s China Annual Dinner, pictured above.

movers&shakers

The following members were all featured in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List:

Knights Bachelor
Sir John Armitt HonFIET, chair of the Olympic Delivery Authority, for services to engineering and construction
Professor Christopher Snowden FIET, University of Surrey vice-chancellor, for services to engineering and Higher Education

KCB
Air Marshal Sir Kevin Leeson CBE FIET Royal Air Force

CBE
Professor Alan Bundy FIET, professor of automated reasoning, University of Edinburgh, for services to computing science.
Mr Jonathan Flint FIET, chief executive, Oxford Instruments, for services to business and science.
Professor Phil Sutton FIET, director, Science and Technology Strategy, Ministry of Defence.
Professor Lionel Tarassenko FIET, chair of electrical engineering, University of Oxford, for services to engineering.

MBE
Mr Patrick McGonagle FIET, managing director, Pakflatt Ltd, for services to economic development in Northern Ireland.

Other news

Geoff Cronshaw CEng FIET, chief electrical engineer in Standards and Compliance at the IET, has been presented with the prestigious IEC 1906 Award in recognition of convening the international maintenance team responsible for cable protection against overload and short circuit. Geoff is also secretary of the National Wiring Regulations Committee and secretary of the National Ships Committee. His work at the IET is involved in maintaining the IET publications on the Wiring Regulations.

Ian MacDiarmid CEng FIET, head of electromagnetics at BAE Systems’ Military Air & Information business in Warton, Lancashire, has been appointed a visiting professor of the University of Liverpool. Ian and his team at Warton have pioneered major advances in aviation, ensuring today’s aircraft have survivable and robust systems protected against the most severe of electromagnetic interference.

ABB has appointed Neil Ritchie MIET to head up its low voltage AC drives sales business in the UK. Neil has been managing ABB’s service activities for drives and motors. He has has worked for ABB for over 20 years, starting in automation service and technical support.

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