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The Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills Committee of the U.K. Parliament recently released a report calling for a Chief Engineer (H/T Times Higher Education). That is just one of the recommendations in the report Engineering: Turning Ideas into Reality, which is the output of a yearlong examination of engineering in the U.K. and how U.K. engineering is considered around the world. The methodology:
We decided to take a case study approach, exploring key themes through the lenses of nuclear engineering, plastic electronics engineering, geo-engineering and engineering in Government.
The last case study grabbed my attention, as it is another opportunity to learn more about the scientific advisory structure in the U.K. government, which has more differences with the U.S. than the contrast of parliamentary and presidential systems. The key conclusion in this area:
Our final case study went further and demonstrated that engineering advice and scientific advice offer different things, and that this should be recognised in the policy process.