Season 5 Episode 1: Going Beyond - The World of Metamaterials & How Their Extraordinary Properties are Set to Change Engineering
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by IMechE I2I
2w ago
The ever-present challenges of climate change, over-reliance on limited resources and a global demand for new technologies, is pushing the engineering community to find more innovative ways to design and manufacture products. Image Source: UK Metamaterials Network https://metamaterials.network/what-are-metamaterials/   Engineers and scientists working in the materials science sector have been exploring the properties of everyday materials such as metals, plastics and glass for centuries, to identify new properties and behaviours which might enable us to conserve the world’s finite resourc ..read more
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Season 4 Episode 9: Rising Demand - Addressing the Energy Needs of Africa, Asia & the Middle East
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by IMechE I2I
2M ago
The implementation of net zero initiatives across the globe is at the forefront of most governments and leadership authorities' strategic policies, none-more-so than China and India; two of the world’s biggest carbon emitters.   South Asia has witnessed a growth in energy demand over the past two decades, increasing by over 50% since 2000. Rising demand has been driven by factors such as an increasing population and growth in the manufacturing sector. In Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka in particular, electricity demand has grown on average by more than 5% annually over the ..read more
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Season 4 Episode 8: Adapting to Heat - Preparing Industry for Climate Extremes
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by IMechE I2I
3M ago
“Adapting industries to, and preparing them for, a warmer world will be essential for the future successful functioning of societies of all nations.” Said Dr Tim Fox, co author of the IMechE’s latest report on Climate adaption.   The report entitled 'Adapting Industry to Withstand Rising Temperatures and Future Heatwaves' was published in April 2023 and produced in conjunction with the IMechE’s Process Division and a plethora of leading climate change and sustainability experts from across the globe. While many engineers work on technologies that will help mitigate the climate crisis itse ..read more
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Season 4 Episode 7: Paying It Forward - Leading the Institution Through Member Volunteering
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by IMechE I2I
4M ago
During the first week of September the Institution hosted Volunteer Week.  A back-to-back week of committee meetings and networking, enabling members from all over the world to take part in a wide range of activities. As a Chair of a Division of the IMechE, this was a great opportunity for Helen to meet up with not just her division members but members from across the Institution. Helen personally always find it a fulfilling and enjoyable time, meeting new members, seeing a few old faces in some cases, ones she had not seen since covid. Catching up with old friends - Volunteer Week enable ..read more
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Season 4 Live Episode - Formula Student 2023
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by IMechE I2I
7M ago
Impulse to Innovation was back at Formula Student this year to celebrate the competition's 25th Anniversary. The episode went out live on the 20th July and this podcast is an edited version of that live show. It is great to be back in the race control building overlooking world-famous Silverstone Circuit, home of the British Grand Prix. From our studio we could see the National Pits straight and out across to the Silverstone UTC.  And what an amazing 25 years its been for FS, with over 45,000 students having taken part in the event since its inception. And tens of thousands of hours of de ..read more
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Season 4 Episode 4: Leading from the Front - Equiping Young Engineers with Essential Management Skills
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by IMechE I2I
10M ago
Leading and managing people, projects, or teams, requires more than a high degree of technical knowledge. Experience and education provide the foundation for success in an engineering manager's role, but it also requires a great deal of foresight and strategic thinking and just like any skill, becoming an effective manager and leader takes time and effort. With businesses emerging from COVID-19 to a new and rapidly changing professional landscape, it is more critical than ever that companies take a proactive approach in developing and supporting engineering leaders of the future. Remote and hy ..read more
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Season 4 Special Episode: Augmenting Human Cognition – The Growth of Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning
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by IMechE I2I
10M ago
The idea of 'a machine that thinks' dates back to ancient Greece times, but since the advent of electronic computing and the overwhelming amount of data generated by the human race in the last 50 years, the realisation of intelligent machines that can think like humans has been almost tangible. In 1950 Alan Turing published his seminal work Computing Machinery and Intelligence. In the paper, Turing proposed to answer the question "Can machines think?" and introduced the Turing Test to determine if a computer could demonstrate the same intelligence as a human. In 1956 John McCarthy co ..read more
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Season 4 Episode 3:The Hydrogen Economy - A New Fuel for a Net Zero Future
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by IMechE I2I
11M ago
The UK’s first-ever Hydrogen Strategy was released in 2021 and was revised last year, as part of the Government’s commitment to a green industrial revolution.  The strategy lays the foundation for how Government will work with industry to meet its ambition for 10GW of low carbon hydrogen production capacity by 2030 – the equivalent of replacing natural gas in powering around 3 million UK homes each year, as well as powering transport and businesses, particularly heavy industry. This has the potential of delivering emissions savings equivalent to the carbon captured by 700 million trees. A ..read more
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Season 4 Episode 2: Manufacturing a New Future - Resilience in the Face of Unprecedented Challenges
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by IMechE I2I
1y ago
Its safe to say that the engineering community has been under a great deal of strain over the last few years, with socio-economic and political upheaval across the global. None-more-so than the manufacturing industry. Both here in the UK and worldwide, the manufacturing sector is facing a number of urgent challenges which are driving transformational change across the entire industry. The ambition to reach Net Zero, finding reliable access to sustainable resources, and the accelerating pace of emerging technologies and workforce mobility are some of the key issues the industry is having to add ..read more
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Season 4 Episode 1: Strategy & Impact - IMechE’s Aspirations for 2023
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by IMechE I2I
1y ago
Hello and welcome to the new season of Impulse to Innovation. Believe it or not, as of the end of December 2022 we have produced 30 episodes of the podcast, reaching 98 countries with over 14 ½ thousand downloads. Thank you so much to you, our listeners for continuing to support our show, we really appreciate it. Don’t forget you can subscribe to the show here on our main site or via any podcast services you use.  If you prefer, you can also listen to us on the IMechE’s website via the newly embedded audio link on the home page.  We also love hearing from our listeners so dont forget ..read more
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