Professional institutions maintain high professional standards in engineering disciplines; support and promote professional learning (both to students and existing practitioners), manage professional ethics and safeguard the status of engineers. They set standards for membership of their own respective bodies; work with industry and academia to progress engineering standards and advise on education and training curricula. All graduates from degree courses that are accredited are accepted automatically as having satisfied the educational base in the qualification process.
MACE students stay in close contact with professional associations throughout their studies via student societies. Students engage with institutions by attending lectures, talks and events held locally in addition to receiving updates, newsletters and attending fun activity days.
The Institution of Mechanical Engineers
The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) is an independent engineering society that represents mechanical engineers. With over 113,000 members in 140 countries, working across industries such as railway, automotive, aerospace, manufacturing, energy, biomedical and construction, the Institution is licensed by the Engineering Council (EngC) to assess candidates for inclusion on its Register of Chartered Engineers.
The Institution of Mechanical Engineers has a number of committees that work to promote and develop thought leadership in different industry sectors. The Institution has 8 divisions: - Aerospace, Automobile, Biomedical Engineering Association, Construction & Building Services, Cross-sector Technologies, Manufacturing Industries, Power Industries, Process Industries and Railway.
The Royal Aeronautical Society
The Royal Aeronautical Society, also known as the RAeS, is a British multi-disciplinary professional institution dedicated to the global aerospace community. Founded in 1866, it is the oldest aeronautical society in the world. Fellows and Companions of the society can use the post-nominal letters FRAeS or CRAeS, respectively.
The objectives of The Royal Aeronautical Society include: to support and maintain high professional standards in aerospace disciplines; to provide a unique source of specialist information and a local forum for the exchange of ideas; and to exert influence in the interests of aerospace in the public and industrial arenas.
The Royal Aeronautical Society is a worldwide society with an international network of 67 branches. Many practitioners of aerospace disciplines use the Society's designatory post-nominals such as FRAeS, CRAeS, MRAeS, AMRAeS, and ARAeS (incorporating the former graduate grade, GradRAeS).
The Institution of Civil Engineers
The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) is an independent professional association for civil engineers and a charitable body which exists to deliver benefits to the public. Based in London, ICE has nearly 89,000 members, of whom three quarters are located in the United Kingdom, while the
rest are located in more than 150 countries around the world.
ICE supports the civil engineering profession by offering professional qualification, promoting education, maintaining professional ethics, and liaising with industry, academia and government. Under its commercial arm, it delivers training, recruitment, publishing and contract services. As a professional body, ICE is committed to supporting and promoting professional learning (both to students and existing practitioners), managing professional ethics and safeguarding the status of engineers, and representing the interests of the profession in dealings with government, etc. It sets standards for membership of the body; works with industry and academia to progress engineering standards and advises on education and training curricula.
IMechE Design Challenge
The IMechE Design Challenge is an annual competition run by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, with the aim of giving engineering students a task to complete which will test their skills throughout every stage of the design process. This year the competition was to design, build and test an accurate line-launcher, with the capacity to have a variable range of operation.
The University of Manchester team was comprised of four School of MACE students - Berke Cidam, Shahnaan Moosa, Rishi Nath Senthil and Ganesh Pramod - who designed an air-powered line-launcher along with support from technician William Storey and Dr Moray Kidd. The launcher was a great success in the regionals, allowing the Manchester team to see off the competition to represent the North West region at the finals.
The finals took place on the 7th October at the IMechE headquarters in Westminster, London. The team, along with Dr Moray Kidd, William Storey and Barney Caswell from MACE, travelled down the night before in order to get some much needed rest before the competition began. On the day, the team delivered a presentation on their launcher – securing high marks for delivery and content – before the demonstration stage took place in the afternoon, where the teams from across the UK competed to fire their launcher at a range of different distances, with marks awarded for accuracy.
The atmosphere was tense, with some unexpected technical difficulties for the Manchester team appearing just before the competition began; some quick thinking from the team quickly fixed this however, allowing them to achieve a respectable 4th Place overall, with the judges commenting particularly on the launcher’s unique method of action.
The School of MACE would like to congratulate Berke, Shahnaan, Rishi and Ganesh on their achievement and for all the hard work they put into the project, and to thank Dr Moray Kidd and William Storey for their time and support.