Chair: Mr Jim Glasgow MIOA
The Engineering Division Committee’s purpose is to promote professional engineering within the Institute of Acoustics and advise the Council on all engineering matters, to put forward members for registration in the Chartered Engineer and Incorporated Engineer sections of the Engineering Council Register, and to act as a forum for co-ordinating the activities of the Institute of particular interest to engineering.
With authority delegated by the Council of the Institute, it acts directly and independently on Engineering Council registration matters to ensure that the principles relating to registration in UK-SPEC are implemented and to establish and maintain criteria to be met by members of the Institute applying for registration as Chartered Engineer or Incorporated Engineer.
A generation ago, acoustics engineering specialists came from the ranks of the other professional engineering institutions - IEE, IMechE and ICE - or from a physics background. Over the past 20 years, more than one thousand acoustical engineering graduates have been educated at Southampton and Salford universities, many of whom are now employed in acoustical engineering throughout the world.
Professional engineering is important as a sector within IOA and acoustics engineers have an important role to play within the field of engineering, with its increasing interests in the environment, human-machine interaction and safety. The IOA believes that professional acoustics engineers are now recognised by industry and society in their own right as valued specialists and that it is in all parties' interests that they be recognised within the engineering profession by Engineering Council registration.
Although its small size limits the scale of contribution which IOA can make to the wide spectrum of professional activities associated with the Engineering Council, the Engineering and Technology Board and the other engineering institutions, the opportunity to be involved in such initiatives is highly valued and where specialist contributions are needed, the Institute will take a proactive role.