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Over 130 teams on the grid for Formula Student 2019

Over 130 teams on the grid for Formula Student 2019
Formula Student, a student engineering competition organised by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, will see more than 3000 participants from over 25 countries take part in the event which returns to Silverstone this July. Formula Student challenges university teams from across the world to design and build a single seater car which they drive in a series of races over three days on the renowned Silverstone track.
25th April 2019

Reaction to ultra low emission zone in central London

Reaction to ultra low emission zone in central London
Dr Jenifer Baxter, Head of Engineering at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, has commented on today's launch of the Ultra Low Emission Zone in central London: “We welcome today’s launch of the Ultra Low Emission Zone in central London. It is an important step, however we need to be making a much more determined effort to deal with transport emissions across the UK. 
8th April 2019

International railway competition introduces new safety challenge

International railway competition introduces new safety challenge
Teams of undergraduate students, industry apprentices and young professionals from the UK and overseas will compete in a new track-based challenge as part of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ Railway Challenge at Stapleford Miniature Railway in Leicestershire. This year will see the introduction of a new auto–stop function element to the competition, where participating teams will have to design their locomotive to stop automatically as close as possible to a marked point on the track.
28th February 2019


Supersonic car faster than the speed of sound wins award

Supersonic car faster than the speed of sound wins award
The first land vehicle to break the speed of sound, which is housed in Coventry Transport Museum, has been honoured with an award that puts it alongside engineering greats such as Concorde and The Channel Tunnel. The iconic 54ft long Thrust SSC reached a speed of 764mph in the Black Rock Desert, Nevada in October 1997 and has since been on permanent display in the museum's land speed gallery.
11th February 2019

Tyseley Locomotive Works receives Engineering Heritage Award

Tyseley Locomotive Works receives Engineering Heritage Award
The centre of excellence for steam locomotive engineering receives the accolade from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Tyseley Locomotive Works, the working locomotive restoration centre and home of Vintage Trains, was presented with an Engineering Heritage Award by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers at a ceremony in Birmingham on 18th September. 
24th September 2018

Student racing car winners go head-to-head in one-off Grand Prix race

Student racing car winners go head-to-head in one-off Grand Prix race
To mark the 20th anniversary of Formula Student, the student engineering design event run by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, are holding a one-off race at Silverstone on Qualifying Day of the Formula One British Grand Prix. The 100m acceleration race will see the winning car from the first event in 1998, from The University of Texas Arlington, go wheel to wheel against last year’s winner from Cardiff University.
15th June 2018

Student engineers gear up for railway engineering competition

Student engineers gear up for railway engineering competition
  Eleven student and apprentice teams from the UK, Germany and Egypt are preparing to take part in the Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ Railway Challenge in Stapleford Miniature Railway in Leicestershire in June.
20th February 2018

Do you trust driverless technology?

Do you trust driverless technology?
How much do you trust technology? Well it seems not that much, according to a new study by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the majority of people (66%) would be uncomfortable travelling in a driverless car at 70mph. The news follows last week’s announcement that the Government has awarded a contract to TRL to test platoons of driverless lorries on major British roads by the end of next year.
30th August 2017

British team is crowned the winner of Formula Student 2017

British team is crowned the winner of Formula Student 2017
Formula Student, a competition which challenges student engineers to design, build and race a single seat racing car in one year, has seen its first British winner as a team of students from Cardiff University have beaten over 90 other international teams to become overall champion 2017.
25th July 2017

High speed rail 2 contracts awarded for Manchester and Leeds

High speed rail 2 contracts awarded for Manchester and Leeds
  The head of Transport and Manufacturing at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Philippa Oldham has expressed her feelings in response to the awarding of High Speed Rail 2 contracts and the expected confirmation of routes to Manchester and Leeds.
18th July 2017

Loughborough University wins UAS Challenge 2016

Loughborough University wins UAS Challenge 2016
  Engineering students from Loughborough have beaten other undergraduate teams to be crowned overall winners of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Challenge.
8th July 2016

Engineers respond to Bloodhound SSC plans

The President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Jon Hilton, said in response to Bloodhound SuperSonic Car (SSC) announcing plans for a record attempt in October 2017:
5th July 2016

UK university teams test Formula Student racing cars

Twenty student teams headed to MIRA’s Proving Ground in Nuneaton, Warwickshire on 28th Tuesday June, to test their purpose-built Formula Student racing cars in a range of rigorous dynamics, speed and endurance tests. The Learn to Win Live testing day was ahead of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ Formula Student event, which takes place at Silverstone on 14th-17th July.
1st July 2016

UK needs new freight strategy to ease congestion and improve air quality

UK needs new freight strategy to ease congestion and improve air quality
The Institution of Mechanical Engineers is calling for the Government to urgently introduce a national multi-modal freight strategy in a move to ease traffic congestion, improve air quality and boost the economy.
22nd June 2016

IMechE prepares for student UAS Challenge 2016

The best young engineers in the UK will design and build a UAS (Unmanned Aircraft System), also known as a drone, as part of the annual competition run by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. A UAS is an aircraft without a human pilot on-board. They are predominantly known for their use in military and special operations, such as delivering humanitarian aid.
22nd June 2016

World’s best young engineers gear up for Formula Student 2016

The world’s best young engineers are on course for Silverstone as Formula Student UK gears up for its 19th year. The global competition, run by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, is the world’s largest student motorsport event and challenges student engineers to design, build and race a single seat racing car in one year.
16th June 2016

55% reluctant to be a passenger in a driverless car

55% reluctant to be a passenger in a driverless car
UK Government and companies such as Google, Ford and Uber are all championing driverless car technology, but according to this latest public survey much more work is needed to convince the public of the benefits of driverless vehicles. According to the survey, 55% of the 2002 people surveyed said they were unlikely to want to be a passenger of a driverless car.
26th May 2016

How safe would roads be with only autonomous vehicles?

How safe would roads be with only autonomous vehicles?
A new report by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers is calling for urgent Government and industry action to encourage the greater use of autonomous and driverless vehicles. Philippa Oldham, Head of Transport, the Institution of the Mechanical Engineers, and Lead Author of the report, commented: “We need to urgently resolve legislative, technological and insurance issues to help encourage the rollout of autonomous or driverless vehicles."
11th February 2016

UK space industry could be worth £40bn

The UK will miss out on the chance to capture £40bn of the global space market and an additional 100,000 jobs if Government and industry does not address the problem of restrictive regulations, barriers to investment, the growing skills shortages in engineering and science and fragmented collaboration between stakeholders, according to a new report by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
18th November 2015

Engineers responds to launch of Bloodhound SSC

Philippa Oldham, the Head of Transport and Engineering at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers says that the initiative can help to inspire a new generation of engineers and scientists: “Bloodhound SuperSonic Car (SSC) is one of the most exciting and innovative projects happening in UK engineering and the Institution is delighted to be a part of it by being one of the projects key sponsors."
24th September 2015


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