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ORC Professor named in Royal Academy's Tomorrow's Engineers campaign

Published: 9 November 2015

Professor Anna Peacock, Head of the Semiconductor Fibre Devices group at the ORC, has had a case study published on her work to help inspire the next generation of engineers.

Anna's story is one of a series of case studies released by the Royal Academy of Engineering celebrating Tomorrow's Engineers week from 2nd November through to the 6th November. The case study details the progress Anna made under the RAEng fellowship scheme, which has provided valuable support during Anna's research career.

"I am thrilled to have my achievements recognised by the Royal Academy of Engineering", says Anna. "My fellowship allowed me to make significant progress in benchmarking the performance of novel fibres for signal processing applications, which are of huge commercial relevance. I hope my story inspires others to enter engineering."

Tomorrow's Engineers is led by EngineeringUK and the Royal Academy of Engineering, with support from other organisations. It works with a host of institutions and industry partners to develop a programme of careers resources for young people aged between 9 - 16 and their teachers, with the ultimate aim of ensuring the UK has the human resources for engineering in the future.

EngineeringUK reports that UK Engineering companies will need 182,000 people per year with engineering skills up to 2022 but there is a current annual shortfall of 55,000 skilled workers. Failure to meet engineering skills demand will cost the UK £27bn a year.

Speaking from an industry perspective, Miranda Davies, Director of Emerging Talent at engineering company Thales, said: ‘Britain is great at engineering but this will not continue if we don’t address the massive shortage of skills. We need young people to understand our industry better, to see the range of careers available and to be excited by where engineering could take them. We support the call for collaborative action across Government, business, the education sector and the wider engineering community to address the shortage of engineering skills.’

If you are interested in progressing your career into photonics engineering, come along to our postgraduate open day on November 25th and find out more.

Read the case study on Anna Peacock, published by the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Visit EngineeringUK for more inspiration and background on engineering opportunities in the UK. 

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