Engineers get a starter for ten

A quartet of top UK engineers, captained by IET Fellow and former IBM head of technology Geoff Robinson, take on their counterparts from the world of music in an episode of BBC quiz show 'University Challenge' to be broadcast this week.

The battle between teams representing the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Lute Society is the penultimate first round match in the current series of ̵6;University Challenge: The Professionals̵7;. A spin-off from the long-running knockout competition which pits universities against each other, ̵6;The Professionals̵7; is watched by more than 2.5 million viewers.

The engineers̵7; team includes another IET Fellow in the shape of John McDermid, professor of software engineering at the University of York. The line-up is completed by Professor Ray Oliver, director of science and innovation at Cenamps, and Dr Eleanor Stride, research fellow at University College London. All are Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

The 30 minute programme is on BBC 2 on Tuesday 8 April, starting at 8pm, and will be available to view for seven days on the BBC̵7;s iPlayer at

Image: The Royal Academy of Engineering team is captained by IET Fellow and former IBM head of technology Geoff Robinson (right of picture), shown here with 'University Challenge' presenter Jeremy Paxman (middle)

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