The Royal Academy of Engineering has enjoyed another eventful year. Look back with us at some of the highlights of 2016...


January

Academy President admitted to the Order of Merit in New Year’s Honours

Dame Ann Dowling DBE FREng FRS, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, was admitted to the Order of Merit in The Queen’s 2016 New Year’s Honours list. Eleven Fellows of the Academy received honours in total. 


February

Five new awards to recognise excellent young engineers

The Academy opened nominations for the new RAEng Engineers Trust Young Engineer of the Year awards, consisting of five prizes of £3,000 for UK engineers who have demonstrated excellence in the early stage of their careers.

Engineers to meet in Parliament to help tackle homophobia in engineering

Representatives from across the engineering profession gathered in parliament to discuss recommendations to help tackle homophobia in the industry.


March

Fibre optic cancer probe and brainwave-powered communications among eight exciting new technologies developed at UK universities

The Enterprise Hub identified eight of the most promising new technologies developed at UK universities and will support the researchers behind these technologies to turn their ideas into successful businesses.

‘Just go for it’: leading women engineers celebrate International Women’s Day

42 of the Academy’s women Fellows featured in profiles for International Women’s Day 2016, explaining why they chose engineering as their profession.


April

Robot hearts and hackathons to help engineers engage with the public

23 projects were funded under the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Ingenious programme, including a hackathon, an engineering cabaret night and a hands-on workshop with robotic hearts.

Radical rethink proposed for UK engineering education

A new report by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, supported by the Royal Academy of Engineering, called for a major rethink of the role of schools and colleges in promoting engineering.


May

Portable heart diagnostic invention wins Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation

Cameroonian innovator Arthur Zang has won the second Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation for his heart-monitoring device, the Cardio-Pad. His invention could change the way that Africans access treatment for heart disease, a critical illness on the continent.

City’s four-day power cut offers lessons for whole UK – new report highlights

A new report from Lancaster University, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) tells the story of how, for one city, virtually all the modern infrastructure we rely on stopped working.


June

Action on diversity and inclusion in engineering now imperative, says Academy

The scale of the UK skills shortage in engineering, coupled with a current engineering workforce that is 92% male and 94% white, creates a need for action to improve diversity and inclusion within the profession at all levels, according to a report.

Excellence and expertise: 40 years of the Royal Academy of Engineering

11 June 2016 marked the 40th anniversary of the first meeting of the Fellowship of Engineering. In 1976, our Senior Fellow, HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, invited 130 leading engineers to Buckingham Palace, where the Academy’s journey began.

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July

The engineering profession unites to provide advice to government for EU negotiations

The result of the EU referendum will have a material effect on UK engineering which accounts for some 27% of UK GDP and over half of our exports.

Academy seeks 200th engineering project to inspire and engage the public

The Academy aims to fund its 200th Ingenious project, introducing people to engineers and inspiring people with the variety of work they do. 


August

Exploring the engineering behind comic book superheroes – the Royal Academy of Engineering at New Scientist Live

Curious members of the public got hands-on with superhuman technology in September, as engineers showcased the latest brain and body-enhancing innovations at New Scientist Live.


September

Royal Academy of Engineering hosts annual CAETS conference: Engineering a Better World

The event brought together more than 400 people from over 40 countries, including leaders in engineering and international development professionals, to explore how engineering can drive progress towards the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.

Fibre-optic lasers of the future to be developed by Academy Research Chair

New fibre-optic lasers are to be developed by a new Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chair, Professor Michalis Zervas, at the University of Southampton, with support from SPI Lasers.


October

Engineering industry says renewed focus on industrial strategy is key to the UK’s global competitiveness outside the EU

A report published today by the UK engineering profession hails the government’s renewed focus on industrial strategy as a major opportunity to help the UK compete on the world stage, but warns that Brexit must not restrict access to the engineering skills from across Europe that our economy relies on.

Royal Academy of Engineering and Man Group establish new Research Chair in Machine Learning

The Royal Academy of Engineering and Man Group appoint Professor Stephen Roberts FREng as a new Research Chair in Machine Learning at the University of Oxford to develop machine learning and data analysis techniques for large-scale, real-world applications, including financial modelling. 


November

Data is for the common good – Hinton Lecture to hear the importance of treating data as infrastructure

Data should be treated with the same care as other national infrastructure if we want to ensure that we have the skills to create, maintain and develop it in a safe and useful way according to Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt FREng, at the Royal Academy of Engineering’s annual Hinton Lecture.

Engineering graduates highly employable - but ethnicity still a barrier, says Academy

Engineering graduates enjoy excellent employment opportunities; however, there is a noticeable difference between ethnic groups even after such a short time: 71% of white engineering graduates find full-time jobs after six months compared with just 51% of black and minority ethnic (BME) students.

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December

Royal Academy of Engineering and Science Council launch major initiative to improve diversity and inclusion

The Royal Academy of Engineering and the Science Council are launching a new framework, the first of its kind, to help professional bodies assess and monitor their progress on diversity and inclusion.