To celebrate Tomorrow’s Engineers Week, we have created a set of posters for schools that illustrate the amazing breadth and depth of engineering, and inspire pupils to consider careers in the field.
Currently, we do not have any posters in stock - however, we can still supply a print-ready digital copy of the posters upon request. To ensure that you get your free digital copy of the posters for your school, please email the Education team.
The Infinity Bridge in Stockton-On-Tees is a pedestrian and cycle bridge on the River Tees. The name Infinity Bridge comes from the shape of the bridge and reflection which looks like the mathematical symbol for infinity.
The Infinity Bridge is an award winning piece of engineering that made use of fantastic local expertise. All materials were sourced from within an hour from the bridge site. Local engineers and subcontractors were specifically sought out to provide everything from specialist welding to the light installations that change colour and light up the handrails as pedestrians cross the bridge.
The bridge has won several awards including the Institution of Structural Engineers Supreme Award 2009 for best structure and Green Apple Award for environment.
Hear Pete Winslow, a Senior Engineer at Expedition Engineering who worked on the Infinity Bridge, talk about engineering careers:
Pete Winslow interview
Creative problem solving
Oxford Circus has more than 80 million pedestrians crossing it each year, making it one of the most congested intersections in the world.
Engineering consultancy Atkins came up with a solution that gave pedestrians the freedom to move both straight ahead and diagonally across Oxford Street and Regent Street by introducing the UK’s first large scale diagonal crossing. Engineers used 2D and 3D computer modelling of pedestrians and vehicles to test their solution and gain approval from stakeholders and the public for the design.
Find out more:
Oxford Circus diagonal crossing - Atkins
Like all sportspeople, swimmers use an array of different types of engineering to improve their performance.
The polyurethane swimsuit was a major advance, designed to give better oxygen flow to muscles and trap air to improve buoyancy, as well as replacing traditional seams with ultrasonic bonding to reduce drag forces while swimming. Improvements were so good that 68 world records were set when the swimsuits were used in the Beijing Olympics 2008 and Rome World Championships 2009, and FINA (the international governing body of swimming, diving, water polo, synchronised swimming and open water swimming) banned non-textile and full body suits. Engineers are now looking for ways to achieve the same results using woven fabrics.
Engineers are also working on better ways of analysing technique with underwater cameras that can measure details like the speed of the swimmer between frames. Swimmers and their coaches can then use this to maximise the thrust swimmers produce in the water.
Bioengineering is a growing discipline that has many different applications, from targeted drug delivery to assistive technology, to greatly improve quality of life for those in need.
One field in which bioengineering has made a significant difference is surgery. Improvements in imaging, 3D modelling and the computer-assisted simulation and planning of procedures enable the surgeon to know beforehand exactly what is wrong, what needs to be done, what effect this will have and, using post-operative imaging, to check that the surgery went as planned. Robotic technologies, such as the da Vinci telemanipulator, allow surgeons to carry out surgery with minimal incisions, making operations safer and less invasive for patients, and opening up the possibility of remote surgery.
Securing the future
Engineers at Harvard University have designed a tiny drone called the RoboBee. This coordinated agile robotic insect could be used for a variety of purposes: from pollinating crops if the bees disappear, to search and rescue missions, or even high resolution weather and climate mapping.
The design was inspired by nature, as engineers studied the hive behaviour of bees and other insects. This process, known as biomimicry, is also used by engineers to make advances in miniature robotics and the design of compact high-energy power sources, and to spur innovations in ultra-low-power computing and electronic smart sensors.
Find out more:
RoboBees - Harvard University
The irrigation systems of Mesopotamia and Egypt that date back to 6000 BCE are the earliest seen engineering works in the world. Due to the desert climate, life in Mesopotamia (Greek for 'land between the rivers') was only possible with irrigation systems transporting water to cities to grow crops. Since then, irrigation techniques have been used in agriculture to support every human life on the planet.
The Balinese system of irrigation, shown in the poster, is known as Subak. The rice terraces are such an important part of Balinese culture that in June 2012 the rice fields were awarded UNESCO World Heritage Status.
Today water scarcity, the lack of sufficient available water resources, is an issue for approximately 40% of the world’s population. There is enough freshwater on the planet for the world’s population, but it is distributed unevenly and too much of it is wasted, polluted and unsustainably managed. Engineers are working on ways to support communities to irrigate their crops more efficiently and treat waste water before it is irrigated back to the crops.