Sustainability Engineering Program – What’s in It? (72825)

Session Information: Curriculum Design & Development
Session Chair: Surendra Shrestha

Friday, 22 September 2023 11:25
Session: Session 2
Room: Nova Icaria
Presentation Type:Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 2 (Europe/Madrid)

Sustainability is one of the core requirements of all engineering programs in Australia. In addition, the emerging issues of climate change, environmental degradation, food security, renewable energy, water security, to name a few, have necessitated engineering education providers to take a closer look at their curricula and critically analyse whether the type of graduates they produce will have the necessary skills to tackle these challenges. The need to have successful resolution to these challenges have also been highlighted in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (USDGs) and the United States National Academy of Engineering (USNAE) Grand Challenges.

Traditionally, Environmental Engineering is the closest program that have dealt with the above-mentioned challenges. Typically, environmental engineering programs build on traditional Civil Engineering or Chemical Engineering curricula. Such programs lack the wider spectrum of competencies required of an engineer to tackle the multitude of emerging issues in a holistic way. This recognition has led the School of Engineering, Design and Built Environment at Western Sydney University to design a program on Sustainability Engineering.

The 4-year accredited (Provisional Accreditation has been granted by Engineers Australia) program is the result of the collaboration between various disciplines of Agricultural Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Materials Engineering, Information Technology, and Social Science. Titled, Sustainability Engineering, it is anticipated that this program will produce engineering graduates who are future focussed and holistic thinkers able to analyse a problem from multiple perspectives.

Surendra Shrestha, Western Sydney University, Australia
Arumugam Sathasivan, Western Sydney University, Australia

About the Presenter(s)
Dr Surendra Shrestha is a University Associate Professor/Senior Lecturer at Western Sydney University in Australia

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Posted by Clive Staples Lewis

Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00