14 August 2017 FemEng in Rwanda
IESIS Treasurer Marjorie Beattie writes: 'When I was recently in Kigali (the capital city of Rwanda), I took the opportunity to drop in on one of the workshops FemEng and their Rwandan colleagues were holding at a secondary school in the city (Kigali Parents School).
Although this was one of the last workshops to be held, the team were still full of enthusiasm and did an excellent job engaging with the children and their teachers. They had set-up about 10 different areas with displays and practical demonstrations covering different disciplines within engineering: biomedical, mechanical, civil, architecture, aerospace, etc. Each area had 2-3 members of the team to talk to the children and there was a strong emphasis on examples/demonstrations directly relevant to young people and Rwandan society.
There were about 60 children there, both boys and girls, all of whom seemed genuinely interested and keen to participate in the practical demonstrations.
I understand that by the end of this year’s visit the team hit their target of reaching out to over 1,000 students (more than double last year) and they had laid the foundations to return again in 2018.'
IESIS is one of the sponosors of the FemEng in Rwanda project. It is also sponsored by Western Ferries via IESIS councillors Marjorie Beattie and Graeme Fletcher and by Star Refrigeratrion via IESIS councillor Andy Pearson. A demonstration on coooling and loan of equipment from Star was greatly appreciated by the team and was very popular amongst the children
9 June 2017 IESIS Council member Paul Sweeney elected as a member of the UK Parliament
IESIS is delighted to congratulate Paul Sweeney on his recent electoral success as Labour MP for North East Glasgow. Paul’s experience in engineering should be of great value to the Westminster Parliament.
7 October 2016 Susan Scurlock awarded Honorary Fellowship of IESIS
Primary Engineer, the organisation of which Susan Scurlock is Chief Executive and which she founded in 2005, provides resources to support engineering projects and learning in primary and secondary schools in Scotland, England and Wales. In a gender free environment pupils learn what engineering is about, how engineers work and start to learn how engineers think. The organisation has expanded its operations every year. The award of Honorary Fellowship of IESIS recognises the excellent work that Susan does in promoting engineering to young people.
7 October 2016 inductees to the Scottish Engineering Hall of Fame
Robert Stevenson, Alexander Graham Bell, James Goodfellow and Sir Duncan Michael were inducted to the Scottish Engineering Hall of Fame at the James Watt Dinner - more information
7 October 2016 Award to David Watson
David Watson was given the Sir Robert Easton Award for services to the Institution in recognition of the work that he does to promote engineering as a career to young people.
4 October 2016 Karen Dinardo installed as first woman IESIS President
Karen Dinardo, a civil/structural engineer and Director of the Dinardo Partnership, is the first woman President of IESIS. The photograph shows Karen and her father Carlo Dinardo who was President 1999-2001. Karen gave a very interesting Presidential Adddress titled 'Innovationg Icons - Eyecatching Structures'
21 September 2016 Abby Hutty gives Profeng lectures at Glasgow Schools
Abbie Hutty is the Lead Structures Engineer for Airbus on the European Space Agency ExoMars Rover project. She gave lectures to pupils at Bellahouston Academy and Whitehill Secondary at which she described her work for the Rover vehicle that will be launched in 2020. She is already one of the youngest Fellows of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and was the Institution of Engineering and Technology Young Woman Engineer of the Year in 2013. The ExoMars Rover, on landing, will search for signs of life, past or present. Abbie explained the complexity of the design for the Rover vehicle that will operate in a very much higher temperature range than conventional vehicles.
15 May 2016 IESIS reports with great regret the death of its President Phil Preston
Phil Preston was a great supporter of IESIS. In Janyart 2008 he gave a lecture on 'Ferries in the West of Scotland' as part of the IESIS 150th Anniversary series. This was one of the most popular lectures in recent times. He did very good work as Chairman of the IESIS Professinal Engineering Group.
He was appointed President in 2014 and had a very successful first year. However in June 2015 he was took unwell. He was able to chair the 2015 James Watt Dinner but his health declined and he died at his home in Cardross on 15 May 2016.
An obituary is here.; We send our condolences to his wife Allyson and the other members of his family
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