With some 150,000 members worldwide, the Institution of Engineering and Technology is one of the premier societies for professional engineers. It covers the science, engineering and technology of communications, electronics, computing, software, control, information technology, power engineering and manufacturing.
So, if it's the latest in micro-technology, sustainable development or IT, safety critical systems or transport, the Institution can provide the answers. That's because its membership ranges from leading figures in industry, research and development, consultancy and education to students just starting their careers.
The Institution's Knowledge Networks are world-wide groups of people with common technical or professional needs and interests. Each network provides a focal point for a community of experts and enables them to network, share knowledge and keep up to date in their particular industry or profession. Each is supported by an interactive community Website.
The Institution of Engineering and Technology acts as the voice of the profession, making submissions to government and providing advice. In this it is assisted by a range of Policy Panels, made up of high profile opinion leaders/formers. The Institution is taking particular interest in IT, communications, energy, manufacturing, education and research issues, and is seeking to play a major role in influencing government policy in these areas.
A major role for the Institution is creating a greater public awareness of the importance of engineering in today's society. Its Education service is aimed at supporting teachers of science and technology. As well as providing curriculum support resources, it runs the annual IET Faraday which attracts a live audience of some 25,000, mostly young, people plus three million world-wide via satellite.
Members of the Institution are at the forefront of high-technology industry and play a major role in the economic welfare of their countries as well as in the quality of life. The Institution has developed close links with industry through its Business Partners Scheme. It has a number of local networks, including special Younger Members' sections, operating throughout the world.
The Institution of Engineering and Technology:
• Sets standards of conduct for the profession.
• Organises a range of Events - from lectures to major conferences.
• Accredits degree courses and post-graduate schemes in a wide range of engineering disciplines.
• Publishes 25 technical periodicals, including on-line journals, plus 20 new books annually.
• Houses the IET Library and Archives, providing access to the latest technical, business, marketing and company news.
• Operates the world's leading electronics and physics database - INSPEC - plus other information services.
• Is the technical authority responsible for the IET Wiring Regulations – BS7671:2008(2011).
• Has a Career Development programme including a database of providers.
• Has conference centres in London, Birmingham and Glasgow
The IET and the IMeche have merged their educational grant schemes in order to simplify funding for formal and informal learning support and to improve the impact of projects.
Driverless car road trials could lead to huge societal benefits – providing they tackle the big issues: acceptance, liability and safety, says IET.
Dr Robert Langer has been announced as the winner of the 2015 Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering (QE Prize), for controlled release large molecule drug delivery - an engineering solution to a medical issue.
David Cameron will place GCHQ and the National Crime Agency (NCA) at the centre of a fight to eliminate ‘digital hiding places for child abusers’.
Today’s Autumn Statement included measures to support innovation but a long term package of support is needed according to the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).