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The hidden wonders of engineering

17 July 2019

The Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering (QEPrize) launches a new podcast which explores the unique world of engineering.

Engineering is everywhere. From nanotechnology and the Internet of Things to autonomous vehicles, healthcare, and even your morning cup of coffee – engineering shapes the world around us. 

Yet, as Lord Browne of Madingley, Chairman of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering Foundation highlights, engineers are often taken for granted: “Advances in healthcare, for example, have been based on engineering breakthroughs. Look at sewers, look at clean water, look at what happens in an intensive care unit, and look at what happens in an operating theatre. We thank the medical practitioners but often overlook the equally hard work of engineers.”

Hosted by Sue Nelson, award-winning radio producer, science journalist, and former BBC TV science and environment correspondent, each month’s episode will explore a different area of engineering and bring together the knowledge, experiences, and ideas of both leading industry experts and the young engineers who will shape the future. 

In the inaugural episode, available today, we speak with Lord Browne about the profound impact that engineering has, and continues to have, on the world around us. 

In the second episode – Moon landing and Mars rovers: our forays into space – to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing, we talk with Apollo engineer Dr David Baker and then traverse the surface of Mars with Airbus ExoMars rover engineer Abbie Hutty. 

The episodes will be available first on SoundCloud, Anchor, and Spotify, and will be released on the following platforms over the coming week: Apple Podcasts, Breaker, Castbox, Google Podcasts, Overcast, Pocket Casts, RadioPublic, and Stitcher.



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