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Election Day -63: Royal Academy of Engineering

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For reasons that are too complicated and uninteresting to go into now, I have a connection with the Royal Academy of Engineering, and tonight I went to the launch of their “Making Things Better” campaign, which aims to move engineering to the centre of society, for the benefit of all.

Engineering hasn’t exactly been trendy for the last few decades; it doesn’t get a lot of coverage in Heat or Grazia. This campaign aims to change that, and one of its main tenets is to attract more young people into engineering.

The acceptance of the need for carbon reduction now seems to be universal in these circles, a far cry from the attitudes of just a few years ago. This creates opportunities which might well bring engineering back into the centre of society, and attract some of our best young people again. It was fascinating to meet innovators talking about sustainability and commerce in the same breath.

However, while the whole concept of progress still seems to be measured in terms of GDP growth, it could be a while yet before we start engineering some real changes in how the world utilises its resources. Let’s hope it’s not too late.


Written by markblackburn

March 4, 2010 at 10:40 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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