Knowledge and membership highlights

6 November 2012
IET Communications team
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News from the IET’s knowledge area this month includes a new ‘open access’ journal, a special offer promoting Flipside magazine for Christmas, and the launch of new Wiring Regulations Digital packages.


The Journal of Engineering

The IET is the first engineering, not-for-profit publisher to adopt an ‘open access’ model with a comprehensive, online-only open access journal, named The Journal of Engineering, due to be launched in 2013. Professor Lionel Tarassenko, chair in electrical engineering at the University of Oxford, has accepted the first of three chief advisor positions for the publication.


Flipside Christmas gift pack

The IET is currently promoting Flipside magazine as a perfect Christmas gift for young teenagers interested in how science, engineering and technology underpin the world they live in. A subscription starts at just £20 a year for eight issues. Find out more at www.flipside.org.uk/gift.


Wiring Regulations Digital packages

‘Business’ and ‘Essentials’, the new Wiring Regulations Digital packages, were launched at the September 2012 ElexShow. Customers can also buy all Wiring Regulations related titles separately as e-books via the IET’s online bookshop.



The seventh conference on Appropriate Healthcare Technologies for Developing Countries was run as a hybrid event, including the first IET.tv international, multi-location, live webcast of speakers to both physical and virtual audiences. Keynote addresses were made by the World Health Organization, Lord Nigel Crisp and IET past president Dr Mike Short, with 57 authors and delegates from 25 different countries in attendance.   

The Road Transport Information and Control conference was held at IET London: Savoy Place on 25 and 26 September in association with the Intelligent Transport Association (ITS). The conference attracted 67 delegates.  

Olympic swimmer Mark Foster is the presenter for this year’s Innovation Awards ceremony, with the black tie event to take place at The Brewery venue in London on 22 November.


Sectors and Communities

The History of Technology Community and the Information & Communications Sector held a seminar on 175 Years of UK Telecommunications on 24 September. The event was fully subscribed with 144 attendees. There were 98 registrants on the waiting list, so proceedings were recorded by IET.tv and are now available online.


In the membership area, recent highlights include the announcement of who’s in the running for this year’s Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards, a new season of Faraday Challenges, and an update on the IET’s partnership with INCOSE UK.


YWE finalists announced

This year’s five Young Woman Engineer finalists are Roma Agrawal from WSP Group, Yewande Akinola from ARUP, Jessica Jones from LGS Ltd, and Philippa Riddoch and Charlotte Tingley from BAE Systems.

The winners will be announced on 6 December at IET London: Savoy Place, during a ceremony hosted by TV presenter and talented ex-gymnast Gabby Logan.

Gabby recently commented: “I’m honoured and really excited to be asked to present this year’s event. I fully support efforts that encourage young women to take jobs in traditionally male-dominated industries, such as engineering and technology, and to show them support early in their careers.”

The ceremony is free to attend and registration is available online.


Faraday Challenge Days begin

The 2012-13 Faraday Challenge Day series kicked off in Scotland in September. Challenge Days involve six school teams made up of 12 to 13 year-old students studying science, design technology or maths. Teams are given a secret engineering conundrum which sees them race against the clock to solve a real-life engineering problem, putting their STEM knowledge and skills to the test.

Dr Dee Halil from the IET’s Education 5-19 team said: “Students taking part in the Faraday Challenge Days experience hands-on design and practical work giving them a peek into the life of a real engineer, the variety of engineering out there and the central role it plays in our everyday lives.”  

The top three teams from across the UK will receive an all-expenses paid trip to the national final in London in June 2013 to compete for a cash prize of up to £1,000 for their school.


INCOSE update

As previously reported on Member News online, the IET and INCOSE UK, the UK Chapter of the International Council on Systems Engineering, have joined forces with seven of the UK’s leading technology and engineering organisations to provide new options for developing career pathways in systems engineering.

As part of this initiative, dubbed ‘1st Movers’, a pilot group of 38 systems engineers have been working towards IET professional registration as Chartered Engineers. To date, 15 of the group have already successfully achieved CEng status, and it is expected that the remainder will complete the process by the end of the year.


Another successful Greenpower

This year’s national finals of the Greenpower electric car competition, which the IET sponsors through its Education 5-19 programme, were held at the Goodwood motor circuit on 14 October. Cullimore Racing took out first place in the IET Formula 24+ race, while Chipping Sodbury School topped the scoreboard of the IET Formula 24.


Ambition and Achievement Awards

Finally, a reminder that the Ambition Awards and Achievement Awards ceremony will be held on 22 November at The Brewery venue in London, with guest host Michael Mosley. As part of the event, attendees will hear from the Present around the World competition finalists and get involved to select the overall winner.