Immigration ‘significant factor’ in US engineering growth

Immigrants make a significant contribution to the US science and engineering sector. From 2003 to 2013 the number of immigrants who were scientists and engineers increased to 5.2 million. That’s an 18% increase, according to a report from the National Science Foundation’s National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES). That increase helped the total number of […]

‘Family influence needed to encourage women in energy’

Family influence is needed to encourage more women into the energy sector. That’s according to Averil Macdonald, Professor at the University of Southampton. At the recent Energy Live 2015 conference she told ELN influence is “less about the education, it’s more about the careers advice and particularly the families”. Ms Macdonald added: “Families are the influencer […]

First female engineering president calls for quotas to boost women in the sector

More engineering employers should introduce a range of measures including quotas to boost the number women in the sector. That’s what the first female President of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), Naomi Climer, is calling for to raise the number of female engineers. The proportion of female engineers in the UK has remained at less […]

Women encouraged to be engineers

Women in the UK are being encouraged to choose engineering as their career options. The ‘Women in Engineering’ campaign aims to give females the opportunity to discover more about the industry and the opportunities it offers to them. It also helps find ways to encourage more women to select engineering courses at university. Women from across the construction and […]

Aberdeen to open engineering campus in South Korea

The University of Aberdeen is to become the first UK higher education institution to open a campus in South Korea. The new facility in the Hadong District, in the Gwangyang Free Economic Zone, will specialise in teaching engineering courses related to the offshore oil and gas industry. It will also provide students in Aberdeen with […]

US awards nuclear energy students

The US has awarded over $5 million (£3.3 million) to students studying nuclear energy related programmes. Today’s awards included 59 undergraduate scholarships and funding for 32 graduates at American colleges and universities. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said: “The awards announced today will directly help support the future of the nuclear energy research workforce, as we continue to grow […]

Sellafield nuclear workers back strike action

More than a thousand Sellafield workers have voted for a strike action. Unite the Union said 98% of workers, who are employed at the Sellafield nuclear site in Cumbria, backed the industrial action. The decision follows a 10-month dispute over health and safety issues and being refused a full-time union representative. They are currently looking to […]

“Star Jar” fund to spark students’ nuclear experiments

Students in the north of England can apply for cash from a “Star Jar” fund to help them with nuclear engineering experiments. The name comes from the nickname for small scale nuclear fusion projects which resemble a star in a jar for a split second. The firm R&B Switchgear is offering the money to encourage […]

Boost for marine engineering in Solent

A new research project to attract investment in the Solent’s marine and maritime engineering sectors has been launched. Energy Minister Michael Fallon, who was appointed Minister for Portsmouth last month, made the announcement following plans to close the city’s shipbuilding yard, which is expected to lead to 940 job losses. The University of Southampton will […]

Olympics sustainability champ wins women’s engineering gong

A sustainability advisor for two Olympics games took home one of the top gongs at the Women In Science and Engineering (WISE) awards yesterday night. Held at the Science Museum in London, the awards recognise the best women in the business for leadership skills and excellence, from schoolroom to the boardroom including engineers and academics. […]