Fiona Robinson, IOM3 Women in Materials, Minerals and Mining Committee Vice Chair and Senior Research Fellow in Electrical Machine Design at the University of South Wales, gives a personal view of the trials and opportunities presented by changing jobs in a global pandemic.
Celebrating crucial black achievement in history, Nicole Lee, member Ethnic Minorities in Materials Minerals and Mining (EMM3) and Senior engineer at Frazer-Nash Consultancy, talks about the vital contributions Katherine Johnson – one of female African-American mathematicians who’s calculations were critical to the success of NASA’s USA space programme.
To celebrate Black History Month, Haimini Parmar, IOM3 Ethnic Minorities in Materials, Minerals and Mining Committee (EMM3) member and Materials Science and Engineering Student at Loughborough University, talks about Aerospace Engineer Mary Jackson and how she paved the way for future innovation and workplace activism.
As UK universities now approach the start of the 2020/21 academic year, and planning for this is in the final stages, this blog looks at the implications for face-to-face teaching and practical content.
Race – the topic that can often be the elephant in the room and can become uncomfortable for those participating in the discussion. On the other side of that, it can be emotionally exhausting for those conducting and navigating through these difficult conversations.
Empathy for people, and society at large is one of the three pillars of sustainability, along with the environment and economic sustainability. Only a society that is economically, socially and environmentally sustainable will thrive in the long term.
Confronted with an onslaught of industry and economic discontinuities, businesses today are compelled to change the way they compete. Leaders face profound choices about which path to take to achieve some level of performance improvement. Regardless of the direction taken, process improvement and hence performance improvement involves thinking differently and doing differently, employing creativity and innovation.
There has recently been much discussion regarding climate change, recycling of materials, sustainability and social responsibility. Governments are promising to plant billions of trees per year. Our food packaging cannot be recycled (so why not make packaging that can?). Coal is dirty. Hydrocarbons are polluting the atmosphere. SF6 is more harmful than methane. There are plastic mountains in the ocean. Meat is bad. All gloom and doom.
The circular economy holds the promise of decoupling economic growth from resource consumption and represents an economic opportunity that could unlock an additional €1.8 Trillion of value for business and society by 2030, for Europe alone.