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Welcome to the IED, the home for designers working in engineering and product design.

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Membership of the IED is open to all who work in, study, manage, research, teach or practice design. Membership is welcomed at all grades of academic study and levels of expertise. The purpose of the IED is to support our members to achieve their career goals by mentoring and guiding designers to the appropriate grade of professional registration.

The first step to achieving this professional registration is to complete our simple application form.

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View From The Chair

Discovering what we need

Like many areas of human endeavour, design requires prioritising competing demands. Colin Ledsome CEng FIED offers his way

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The Design News

'I do my engineering in high heels not a hard hat'

By Bill Wilson, Business reporter, BBC News

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Academy teams up with Raspberry Pi at the Science Museum to celebrate top award for astronaut Tim Peake

Tim Peake, the UK’s first European Space Agency astronaut, recently received one of the Royal Academy of Engineering’s top accolades at a special event for 400 school pupils at the Science Museum IMAX in London. Tim shared with the pupils his ...

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Applications for the 2020 MacRobert Award are now open

The MacRobert Award, now celebrating its 50th year, is the UK's longest-running and most prestigious national prize for engineering innovation.

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8 Jan

The Need for System Integration Capability Symposium

For over 150 years, engineering has been sub-divided into discipline groups by industry and area of expertise. Most larger projects today involve a number of those historic disciplines and are regarded as multi-disciplinary. Often, few have the breadth of understanding to ensure the integration necessary for a complex project to be a success. This can be a particular challenge where newer digital systems are being introduced into existing product fields. This system approach may require the individual historic disciplines to make compromises for the benefit of the whole design. The relevant expertise and understanding gained during design project work, both in academic courses and early training and experience, needs to be focussed to encourage understanding by novice engineers and those from related design disciplines.

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Mr T Bird MIED Trowbridge, Wiltshire


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