Helen Marston discusses the role of women in engineering in history, from the woman who wrote the first complete computer program back in 1843, to the Hollywood actress who developed torpedo technology during World War II
When the Golden Gate Bridge was built 80 years ago, it was the longest suspended bridge span in the world. How has the design held up – and would we do things differently if we were starting from scratch today?
Dr Jimmy Murphy proposes actions to better protect our coastline that can be incorporated within the present framework, taking into account the limited budgets available for studies, protection works and research
Dr David Connolly says we must look beyond the conventional ‘electricity sector’ and instead look at the complete ‘energy system’ to identify solutions that can decarbonise our energy system affordably, efficiently and sustainably
Herbert Nyamakope writes that VRS design focuses on making the crash barrier fail in a particular way rather than in preventing crashes, as it is the failure mechanism of the barrier that provides protection to drivers
Existing energy infrastructure is designed to distribute the predictable and controllable energy generated by fossil fuel. Adrian Kimberley discusses changing energy-generation techniques and the infrastructure changes required to introduce renewable technology
Engineers are using flywheel technology to store mechanical energy generated when trains decelerate and stop. ‘Dynamic braking’ means that it is then converted to electrical energy when the train is ready to leave the station
Barry Brophy speaks to Salthill-born Áine Brazil, the acclaimed structural engineer who, as vice chair of New York engineering firm Thornton Tomasetti, has led numerous projects that have shaped the famous New York skyline
Did you know Europe's first female engineering graduate was Irish? Alice Perry graduated top of her class in civil engineering, was the first female county surveyor on these islands and fought to protect women workers' rights. Kenneth Mitchell reports
Liam Bromley and Daniel Hadfield discuss geotechnical asset management and outline how geo-polymers can be used in ground improvement, relevelling, structural support, stabilisation, void filling and water sealing
Heat is commonly regarded as computing's mortal enemy. Mechanical engineers, however, have flipped the question of 'how to keep computers cool' to 'how to use heat as an alternative energy source'
Bob Hillier shares the best practice for companies that are caught up in the debate between product lifecycle management versus enterprise resource planning