Showcasing your interests and expertise
There are lots of ways you can showcase your own expertise on ENGins. Just a few of them are listed below, and we’ll be adding new suggestions over time.
Create your a Portfolio page for yourself or your group
Portfolio pages allow you to easily bring together your own work, articles and events from ENGins, and feeds and videos from elsewhere. As long as you use a unique e-mail address for each account and the content is in the spirit of the site, you can create pages for projects, clubs, and even companies as well as for yourself as an individual. See more about this here.
Tell us about stuff you’ve written elsewhere
ENGins is about great content in engineering and the physical science, not about where that content comes from. If you have your own blog, write for another publication, have recently been profiled somewhere, or have just seen a great piece that you think would be of interest to our community, it’s easy to send it in. Just go to the ENGins navigation bar and click Submit a link this material will go to our team of editors and, if we like it, we’ll put it in our news feeds, and it will also, automatically, go onto the news tabs on your profile page.
Curate your own collection so that people can follow you
You can curate your own material in two ways. First, you can find interesting stuff related to engineering and submit it to our site (click Submit a link under ENGins navigation) as described above. You can also find material that you think is particularly interesting from within the site. If you click the ENGins head next to any news item and click the Favourite link, that story will appear on the news feed on your profile page too (in the same section where it was when you found it). You can either use these favourites for yourself, as a way of choosing what to read next, push them out via social media, or encourage people to follow you by either coming to your page or following your RSS feed.
Write articles and commentaries that highlight your work/expertise
There are lots of different kinds of articles you can write… and as long as they meet our standards we’ll get them up on the main site (and they’ll automatically appear on your profile page as well).
Introduce your field
Everyone has to be a newbie at some point, which means articles a good introductory article can be a very powerful way to demonstrate your expertise to a lot of people at once. Of course, you can write these yourself (and if you want to, please contact us and we can help you with that!), but a more efficient and creative way to introduce a subject to a new audience can be to write a commentary on articles that are already out there. You start by looking around to see what good pieces have been written about the subject already: some may even be on ENGins. These might include anything from introductory articles in the popular science press to review articles in the literature to recent news articles. They should, in an ordered way, introduce the concepts, language, and latest developments in the field. Then you write a short commentary that links these pieces to each other and explains what they will get out of each one. “Start here,” you might say, “to get an overview of the field. Then, depending on which application/technology appeals to you most, go, here, here or here. This paper is particularly good if you’re interested in this area.” You get the idea. You do the research and set the context so that the engineer, CTO, student, researcher, or VC can get into the subject as quickly as possible.
Highlight emerging trends
We’re happy to have pieces written at lots of different levels. Another way to address your field is to point out some new approach, application, or technique that is gaining traction in your industry or area. You can write this as a full-blown article (and we can help you with that if you contact us) or you can, as for the introductory article, write it up as a commentary. You can tell the story, with reference to both news articles and the literature, of where the new trend came from, what it might lead to, and who is currently doing the most interesting work in the field. It would also help newbies if you suggested an introductory article they can read to get the basics before they start.
Write about your own research or development project
Are you doing something interesting that you think might inform or inspire other engineers or scientists? If yes, we’d very much like to hear about it. As you’re writing, just remember that we don’t know as much about your field as you do. Before you start, we’ve got a formula for writing up technical projects that may help you to get both the significance and subtleties of your project across. You can have a look at it here.
Review a great book
We are always grateful to the person who introduces us to a book that we end up finding invaluable or influential. If you find a review of a book that you think deserves a wider audience, you can – of course – post that. However, if you don’t think it does the book justice, you are free to write your own piece. If you’re interested in writing a book review, you can click here to get some guidance.
Tell us about your career
We want to be able to inspire our students, and ensure that they understand all their career options when they graduate. What kinds of role might they go into, and what are the traits of people who enjoy that role? What technical fields are there that might be of interest, and what kinds of skills do they require? What application areas might they go into, and what makes each one particularly interesting? If you are in engineering, design, or research, we’d be very interested to hear your story and the advice you have to give to our students. To find out how to do that, contact us.