Engineering in the news and around the ‘net


Following on from last week’s fabulous roundup from Nick, this week it’s my turn to share my favourite five engineering stories from the world wide web.

Scarbs F1 Blog

It won’t surprise readers of my previous blog posts that I am going to start with a corner of the internet relating to F1, in particular a brilliant technical blog called ScarbsF1, written by Craig Scarborough.

A post that I came across this week is an old one explaining the differences between and benefits of,  push and pull rod suspension. Red Bull have featured pullrod suspension at the rear of their car for the past few years, however this year Ferrari launched their 2012 contender with it at the front. This is the first time since Minardi had front pullrod layout in 2001, which made me wonder why the design hasn’t been used…and ScarbsF1 was my first port of call.


International Women’s Day

The 8th of March was International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate women’s achievements, to remember the enormous strides that have been made in the past 100 years of IWD and to hold events to inspire women around the world. Here’s what I wrote for this blog last year. One of my favourite features of the day was on the BBC in pictures site – Women behind the wheel.


What Graduates Should Know About Engineering

One of the things I love about twitter is that things are brought to my attention that I wouldn’t otherwise see. This is one of them – I’m not a Guardian reader, and I don’t usually peruse the website. However I saw a link tweeted to their careers hub and it makes for interesting reading.

Engineering UK have been writing reports into the state of the industry for the past 14 years and the chief executive Paul Jackson, has shared his thoughts on the latest report on the guardian careers blog.

It includes some positive figures for the engineering sector, which is always good to see!


I’m An Engineer, Get Me Out Of Here!

You would be forgiven for assuming that there is a new reality tv show starring engineers in the jungle – fear not, it’s a great project that has been launched to help students engage with engineers.

I’m an Engineer, Get me out of Here is a two week event that allows school students to ask participating engineers questions online, and engage in live chats. Students and engineers are split into different zones including high performance, energy, health, measurement, transport and water. The students vote for the engineer they want to get prize money of £500 (to be spent on engineering engagement) – the engineer with the least votes is eliminated, until only one is left – the winner of that zone!

I’m taking part in this competition at the moment – I’ll post a bit of a review at the end of the event and include some of the best questions. There is also the science equivalent at I’m a Scientist, Get me out of Here.


Science and Engineering Week

This week is the national science and engineering week and I know most of the links have been engineering engagement rather than news related, but I can’t end without mentioning it! There are loads of events going on country wide, so if you can try to have a look at what is going on. If nothing else, give this facebook page a like – you’ll get to see Mr Motivator like you never have before!

I am a vehicle performance engineer working in F1 after graduating from Oxford Brookes University in 2009 with an MEng in Motorsport Engineering. As an Associate member of the IMechE, a member of the Women’s Engineering Society and a STEM Ambassador, I’d like to help raise the profile of engineering.

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  1. Good stuff Kayleigh! Very enjoyable and nicely varied set of stories. Right, I’m off to watch Mr Motivator…

  2. Kayleigh says:

    Thanks Nick, I wasn’t sure but these stories have dominated my week so I had to go with them!

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