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not available on the proportion of engineerswho are LGBT, although a survey conducted in September 2014 by the Institution of Chemical Engineers and the South East diversity and inclusion (D&I) working groupwith a sample group of 279 engineers found 6 per cent state that they are LGB, reflecting the UK population. Dr Hayaatun Sillem, Deputy Chief Executive and D&I


EE ON SHOW Here are just some of the events the Society and its publishing partner, Concorde Publishing, attend each year. For full details scan the QR code or visit http://tinyurl.com/zew94ph  Analysis and Testing Exhibition – 14March 2017 – Silverstone Run by the Engineering Integrity Society (EIS), the event features an exhibition and a number of forums covering such topics as strain visualisation techniques, the acoustic challenges of low carbon vehicles, the interface between tyres and roads or runways and the challenges of achieving fast, cheap and accurate data collection and analysis. Scan the QR code or visit http://tinyurl.com/z9gzs7n]  UtilityWeek Live – 23-24 May 2017 – NEC, Birmingham The event features exhibitors, demonstrations and presentations relating to water, gas and electricity showcasing innovations relating to sustainability, connectivity and other aspects of the industry. It also includes a comprehensive 7-streamseminar programme. Scan the QR code or visit http://tinyurl.com/j5552tm


Champion at the Academy, says: “The Royal Academy of Engineering is really pleased to support the launch of this series of videos showcasing LGBT engineers. Experience of leading our programme to increase diversity and inclusion across engineering tells us that role models have a pivotal role to play in encouraging people to join and stay in the profession.” Mike Haigh,Managing


Director atMottMacDonald, adds: “Each person profiled in the videos ismaking a valuable


contribution to their field, and demonstrates that you can be LGBT+ and have a happy and successful career in engineering. Raising the profile of LGBT+ employees is crucial in order to further showthat if you have a passion for engineering, you should absolutely consider a career in the profession.” Formore


information and to viewthe videos, please scan the QR code or visit www.interengineeringlgbt.com.


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radically changed the visual world. These include the charge coupled device (CCD), the pinned photodiode (PPD) and the complementarymetal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) image sensor. Digital imaging sensors have enabled high-speed, low- cost colour imaging at a resolution and sensitivity that can exceed that of the human eye. They offer instant access to images ranging fromminute cell structures to galaxies billions of light years away, transforming medicine, communication, science and entertainment. In the 1970s, George Smith and


 Artist impression of the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon wall


OPPORTUNITY IN TIDAL ENERGY “The project seems certain to


TheHendry report on the Swansea Tidal Lagoon could present newopportunities for UK Engineering. Published in January, ex energyminister CharlesHendry’s report stated there is considerable value in the tidal lagoon as a pathfinder project to assesswhether such schemes can deliver the government’s decarbonisation commitments. In addition, itwill have significant benefits for the local and national economy and job creation opportunities. To kick the pathfinder project


off,Hendry recommends the government enters final stage negotiations on the terms of the project. Such negotiationswill include the supplier, Tidal Lagoon Power (TLP), and the licence issuing authority,Natural ResourcesWales (NRW). James Regan fromthe SEE


said: “We agree that a focus and emphasis on lowcarbon, secure powerwill boost the regional and national economy and is undoubtedly a positive step for the UK.


24 /// Environmental Engineering /// February 2017


involve engineers fromawide variety of disciplines, and is an ideal opportunity to showthe role that renewable energy sourcesmay play in future power supply. Themany additional potential benefits,which include supply chain and export opportunities, indicate that the worldmay bewatchingwith great interest aswe take the next stepswithin this venture.” Emphasising the need for


vigilance on the possible environmental consequences of the project, Regan said: “As alwayswewould trust that any and all potentially adverse impacts to the local andwider environmentwould be considered strongly throughout any proposals and designs, and we are glad to see the level of consultation undertaken to date.” Readmore reaction to the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon project by scanning theQR code or visiting http://tinyurl.com/ja8pxxp


Willard Boyle (nowdeceased) developed the CCD,whichwas later used in imaging byMichael Tompsett. The CCD is the image sensor in early digital cameras that converts individual particles of light into an electrical signal. The charge is then converted into binary digital formand the image is stored as digital data. Intended for use in computer memory, Tompsett spotted the imaging potential and invented the imaging semiconductor circuit, completewith analogue- to-digital converter. The following decade,


Nobukazu Teranishi invented the modern pinned photodiode, which reduced the size of light- capturing ‘pixels’ and significantly improved the quality of images. The development of the CMOS sensor by Eric Fossum in 1992 allowed cameras to be made smaller, cheaper andwith better battery life. Prize Chairman, Lord Browne


ofMadingley, said: “The 2017 Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering is awarded to four engineerswho have revolutionised thewaywe capture and analyse visual information. The spirit of international collaboration which drives thework of George Smith,Michael Tompsett, Nobukazu Teranishi and Eric Fossumencapsulates perfectly the ideals of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering.”


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