LONDON The Systems Engineering Innovation Centre (SEIC), a £60million collaboration between industry, academia and regional authority, has been opened by The Minister for Science and Technology, Lord Sainsbury of Turville at Loughborough University.
Systems Engineering (SE) is an emerging discipline specifically aimed at dealing with very complex engineering projects, across a range of domain applications.
The SEIC has been developed in partnership between BAE Systems, Loughborough University and the East Midlands Development Agency. The centre will create 30 jobs at Loughborough in its first two years, rising to 45 in medium term and with other existing posts safeguarded.
More than 1000 BAE Systems engineers will be trained at the SEIC by end of 2005, offering a key role in supplying future requirements for systems engineers.
The SEIC, housed at the University’s Holywell Park facilities, will provide access to research facilities, synthetic environment laboratories, virtual engineering capabilities, office accommodation, conference facilities, a lecture theatre, exhibition area and a highly integrated communications infrastructure.
A recent DfES report predicted the demand for engineering professionals in the UK by the year 2010 to be in the order of 270,000. This translates to an annual requirement in excess of 45,000 engineers across the UK and all its regions.