Wed, 02 November, 2022
Today, 2 November is National Engineering Day. Launched by the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng), the day has been created as a celebration of British engineering.
With the aim of making the engineering profession more visible and to showcase how engineers shape the world, this year’s National Engineering Day is focused on how engineers improve lives.
Engineering delivers developments that improve our everyday lives while tackling the biggest issues faced by the world today.
TWI feeds into this work through working with our Industrial Members on projects that span all areas of industry, from aerospace to power generation.
Many of the issues faced by modern industry relate to the environment, clean energy and recycling with TWI working on projects such as the ISOPREP project that seeks to provide a recycling solution for polypropylene waste, electrification for the transport industry, and progressing the potential for hydrogen to provide our energy needs in the future. Other work involves developing geothermal power as a potential source of clean energy and assisting with light-weighting for automotive and aerospace, to reduce fuel consumption and thereby reduce emissions.
In addition, our engineering experts provide guidance for product design and development, structural integrity monitoring, failure investigations, and more.
There is also a need to help produce the next generation of engineers, both in the UK and overseas. Our work with The National Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRC), a state-of-the-art postgraduate engineering facility, is uniting academia and industry to solve challenges and develop engineering skills and experience among the students. Overseas, TWI has been instrumental in supporting underrepresented groups in engineering through the SEASEP programme.
National Engineering Day evolved from the ‘This is Engineering’ campaign that was launched by the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2018. The campaign focused on changing perceptions about engineering and encouraging young people to take up careers in the profession, with National Engineering Day expanding this reach further, by not only inspiring young people into the profession but also raising awareness within the general public of the vital work engineers do and providing an opportunity for the engineering community to celebrate the profession.