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Presenters: Samuel Hyginus, Louise Batts, Cat Terrett and Joachim Toftegaard Hansen
The Berkshire Local Network PATW competition was held at UTC Reading on 21 st March 2019, but you could be forgiven for thinking that you had come to an Institution of Civil Engineers’ meeting, as three of the four presenters talked about civil engineering related subjects.   read more...
Posted by Rob Scarr on IET Berkshire Network Apr 4, 2019 6:56 pm BST
During January and early February IET Berkshire School Liaison Officer, Richard Hughes, made four visits to various schools in the Berkshire area. For three of these, the schools were running the event rather as a "speed dating" event. i.e. there were a large number of careers advisors and each student (sometimes accompanied by a parent) had about three minutes to talk to each advisor. I understand from some of the feedback that the schools and parents were very pleased with how these events worked out and that they plan to repeat the performance next year. Desborough college was a little different as Richard was asked to give a short presentation about engineering. Richard mentioned that "I prepared a few slides illustrating some of the things in which I have been involved and also some recent engineering developments (e.g. robotic surgery, Tideway project). In all of these events, students asked interesting questions and seemed to enjoy themselves. I certainly enjoyed talking to them". This is an excellent example of IET Berkshire Committee members helping the local community to promote engineering in the local area. We are working hard to engage with the local community to promote engineering. If you are interested in joining us please let us know. - Abhaya Sumanasena, IET Berkshire Chairman read more...
Posted by Dooshiant Dyall on IET Berkshire Network Feb 11, 2019 9:19 am GMT
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The recent IET Berkshire event, Bitcoin, Blockchain and the Crypto Revolution, is now available to view on IET.tv . So if you were unable to make it on the night, please watch it now! read more...
Posted by Julie Hudson on IET Berkshire Network Aug 3, 2018 11:57 am BST
Details People and Productivity through AI, Digital, Blockchain & Collaboration In this presentation and discussion, we will address the horrendous productivity gap and how it can be improved by the creation of a ‘Fluid Enterprise’ fit for the 2020’s and beyond. This talk will extoll the virtues of great leadership at all levels, providing insights ... read more...
Posted by Dooshiant Dyall on IET Berkshire Network Jul 3, 2018 4:10 pm BST
It's always good to recognise people for a job well done, especially when they give their services and time for free!   The IET relies on volunteers from around the world to inspire, inform and influence the global engineering community. All our volunteers make an amazing contribution and it’s important to recognise the efforts of those special people ... read more...
Posted by Julie Hudson on IET Berkshire Network Apr 6, 2018 11:59 am BST
Visit to the AWE Educational Collection on the 12 th   February This was a unique opportunity for the small group of visitors to see what is probably the only physical historic collection of the UK’s nuclear weapons through the ages. The event included both multimedia presentations and a guided tour of the museum. The UKs nuclear development program started with the Frisch–Peierls memorandum which was the first technical exposition of a practical nuclear weapon. It was written by expatriate German physicists Otto Frisch and Rudolf Peierls in March 1940 while they were both at the University of Birmingham during World War II.   The museum has a copy of the document to peruse as the start of the history. The memorandum contained the first calculations about the size of the critical mass of fissile material needed for an atomic bomb. It revealed for the first time that the amount required might be small enough to incorporate into a bomb that could be delivered by air. It also anticipated the strategic and moral implications of nuclear weapons. It helped send both Britain and America down a path which led to the MAUD Committee, the Tube Alloys project, the Manhattan Project, and ultimately the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The guided tour gave a detailed history of the development of the UKs nuclear development with insights into the technical and political difficulties.   After moving the team from the UK to the US because of the security concerns at home the joint development program developed the first weapons.   Just after the war a change in US policy meant that all the UK team were sent home without their notes.   After this the UK decided to go ahead on their own and so started the AWE facility at Aldermaston in the early 1950s. The curator was very knowledgeable and had fascinating stories about each part of the exhibit.   The Nevada underground test site was described with lots of photos and models.   For each different weapon type there was a physical model and details of the device.   The history finished with the Polaris missile system which was in use up to 1996. Our thanks to our AWE hosts for the excellent tour. read more...
Posted by Andrew Stickland on IET Berkshire Network Mar 21, 2018 3:55 pm GMT
Promote Engineering session with the Local MP Matt Rodda in Reading
The IET Berkshire local network organised a "Promote Engineering" session with the Local MP, Matt Rodda at the UTC Reading on Friday the 9th of February. The IET Berkshire Chairman, Dr. Abhaya Sumanasena chaired the session and it was organised by the IET Berkshire Committee member Dr. Anthony Bardos. The event was attended by a tech leaders, variety ... read more...
Posted by Dooshiant Dyall on IET Berkshire Network Feb 20, 2018 9:41 am GMT
IET Talk given by Amit Samani, Regional Sales Manager of DeDrone on 14 th December at UTC Reading  Amit gave a fascinating talk on all things drone related.   Throughout the talk Amit used real life scenarios to highlight the issues raised by the ever increasing number of drones around the world and the ways that they can be misused. The main threats posed ... read more...
Posted by Andrew Stickland on IET Berkshire Network Jan 5, 2018 9:21 am GMT
The following is a review of the "ARM - an introduction to its Business Model and IP creation process" Event held on Thursday 5th October 2017 at UTC Reading The speaker was   Jon Black Principal Engineer Jon presented an excellent lecture on the history of Arm from the early days of the Acorn Archimides through to the large range of devices sold in the ... read more...
Posted by Andrew Stickland on IET Berkshire Network Oct 11, 2017 4:21 pm BST
We have spaces still available at the Lifeskills evening workshop on Thursday 12th October titled "Taking Control of your Career" The course is free to attend and is hosted at the University of Reading. Parking is free. You will also earn 3 hours CPD for attending. For more info and to book your place visit: http://www.theiet.org/events/ ... read more...
Posted by Dooshiant Dyall on IET Berkshire Network Sep 26, 2017 11:17 am BST

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