A long history of engineering prowess

The region is built on pioneering engineering expertise with research and education spanning many fields of study including energy, environment, health care, technology and infrastructure.

Established in Dundee by Sir Michael Nairn and others in the 1970s, Rautomead Continuous Casting Technology for Non Ferrous and Precious Metals has become the world’s leading supplier of continuous casting technology for non-ferrous alloys, providing solutions for engineering projects across the globe.

Dundee University Formula Student is a project where students design, build, market and race a car as part of the global iMechE Formula Student competition – giving students practical, hands-on engineering experience.

Abertay University’s Dr Rebecca Wade has been working closely with Carruthers Renewables over the last three years to develop a new, innovative waterwheel that is more efficient and generates greater amounts of energy.

The University of Dundee opened a joint research centre with North Eastern University, China, and is running a new double degree in Biomedical Engineering delivered as a joint educational partnership between the two institutions.

At full strength the programme will host almost 500 of the next generation of leading biomedical engineers, who will go on to work alongside doctors to deliver advances in ultrasound, CT and MRI scanning, and image-guided surgery to improve diagnosis and treatment of disease.

This joint project is an excellent example of global collaboration to combine world-class excellence in biomedical engineering from two universities.

In contrast, UK experts led by Andrew Rae, Professor of Engineering at Perth College UHI, have successfully flown the first ever large-scale aircraft powered by variable-buoyancy propulsion.

The Phoenix team are now exploring collaborations with major manufacturers to take the technology to the next phase of development in a project part-funded by Innovate-UK, the UK’s Innovation Agency, through the Aerospace Technology Institute.