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PROFESSION WATCH NATIONAL ENGINEERS WEEK


THREE-YEAR PARTNERSHIP FOR ENGINEERING CHARITY


Engineering charity Engineers Without Borders UK in collaboration with City University has launched its first strategic partnership initiative aimed at embedding global responsibility into education and the student experience. The collaboration will strengthen the national initiative Developing Socially Responsible STEM Professionals, launched by City. The 2021 report into skills for net zero and


a green recovery by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) shows only 7 per cent of engineering companies in the UK with a sustainability strategy say they have the skills needed to fulfill it. Engineers Without Borders UK advocates


Earlier this year 19,000 L3 Harris Technologies’ engineers and scientists participated in National Engineers Week to celebrate technology innovation. One of the engineers who took part in the event was (pictured above) Lorena Cruz


Quintero, a senior associate electrical engineer, who holds a key technology position in L3 involved in advanced technology projects for military customers, autonomous vehicles, satellites and even the Mars Rover.


collaboration, empathy, cross-disciplinary learning, ethics, systems thinking, inclusive approaches and real world examples alongside technical education to provide the opportunity for engineers and other STEM professionals to learn how to produce globally responsible solutions. Dean of City University’s School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering, Professor Rajkumar Roy, is pleased with this historic strategic partnership. “City is delighted to be partnering and making history with Engineers Without Borders UK. This will further our commitment to educating socially responsible STEM professionals, clearly illustrated through joint innovative engineering design programmes, such as the Engineering for People Design Challenge and our soon-to-be-launched, Efficiency for Access Design Challenge,” he said.


SUSTAINABLE STEM FACILITY COMPLETED AT BRISTOL


Work on a £7 million specialist STEM and creative further education centre at a college in Bristol has now been completed. The three-storey Brunel Centre building at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College (SGS) puts sustainability and well- being at its heart, with a number of key features prominent in its design. According to the construction company,


Pick Everard, the switch was made from using traditional steel frame for the building to a CLT (cross-laminated timber) one instead, which had a significant positive impact on the building’s carbon footprint – the switch itself resulted in the


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prevention of 445 tonnes of carbon from entering the atmosphere. The building is naturally ventilated


throughout, uses air source heat pumps, and there is a photovoltaic system integrated into the building’s brise soleil – just one of the examples of putting renewables at the fore of design for students to see every day. The building also features a live monitoring panel in the foyer where students can see exactly how much energy, water and other services the building is using. The project also saw the replacement of of car park and tarmac replaced


400m2


with wildflower meadows aimed at encouraging biodiversity on site. The brise soleil also features a number of LED lights, making an artistic feature of it at night. Now complete, the 1,722m2


building sits


across three storeys and will provide teaching and learning spaces for hundreds of students for STEM and creative subjects. William Phillips, director at Pick Everard


said: “This is a really fantastic building, which puts sustainability and renewables at its core, putting it front of mind for those students who will study there day- in-day-out.”


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