Roger Hadgraft Course Coordinator Phone: Students are expected to have a first degree or substantial work experience. Course Description The Role of Engineers in Sustainable Development course explores the emerging field of sustainable development and enables students to gain a strong understanding and ability to communicate the basic principles to apply to their area of professional activity. The course has three main themes:
Page 1 Share Cite Suggested Citation: The Engineer of Visions of Engineering in the New Century. The National Academies Press. Disciplines were added and curricula were created to meet the critical challenges in society and to provide the workforce required to integrate new developments into our economy.
But we must ask if it serves the nation well to permit the engineering profession and engineering education to lag technology and society, especially as technological change occurs at a faster and faster pace.
Rather, should the engineering profession anticipate needed advances and prepare for a future where it will provide more benefit to humankind?
Likewise, should engineering education evolve to do the same? Technology has shifted the societal framework by lengthening our life spans, enabling people to communicate in ways unimaginable in the past, and creating wealth and economic growth by bringing the virtues of innovation and enhanced functionality to the economy in ever-shorter product development cycles.
Even more remarkable opportunities are fast approaching through new developments in nanotechnology, logistics, biotechnology, and high-performance computing.
At the same time, with tightening global linkages, new challenges and opportunities are emerging as a consequence of rapidly improving technological capabilities in such nations as India and China and the threat of terrorism around the world.
Page 2 Share Cite Suggested Citation: Most importantly, can the engineering profession play a role in shaping its own future?
Can a future be created where engineering has a broadly recognized image that celebrates the exciting roles that engineering and engineers play in addressing societal and technical challenges?
How can engineers best be educated to be leaders, able to balance the gains afforded by new technologies with the vulnerabilities created by their byproducts without compromising the well-being of society and humanity?
Will engineering be viewed as a foundation that prepares citizens for a broad range of creative career opportunities?
Will engineering reflect and celebrate the diversity of all the citizens in our society? Whatever the answers to these questions, without doubt, difficult problems and opportunities lie ahead that will call for engineering solutions and the talents of a creative engineering mind-set.
Because precise predictions of the future are difficult at best, the committee approached its charge using the technique of scenario-based planning. The benefit of the scenario approach was that it eliminated the need to develop a consensus view of a single future and opened thinking to include multiple possibilities.
This technique has proven its worth for private and public entities alike in helping devise flexible strategies that can adapt to changing conditions. The story form of each scenario is presented in Appendix A. These sometimes colorful versions only partially capture the vigorous discussions and debates that took place, but they serve to illustrate and document the thinking involved in the process.
Each in its own way informed the deliberations about possibilities that can shape the role that engineering will play in the future. It is assumed that the future will follow a predictable path where technologies that are on the horizon today are developed to a state where they can be used in commercial applications and their role is optimized to the Page 3 Share Cite Suggested Citation: As in the past, engineers will exploit new science to develop technologies that benefit humankind, and in others they will create new technologies de novo that demand new science to fully understand them.
The importance of technology continues to grow in society as new developments are commercialized and implemented. In this version of the future, issues that impact technological change beyond the scope of engineering become significant, as seen in the current debate over the use of transgenic foods.
While the role of engineering is still of prime importance, the impact of societal attitudes and politics reminds us that the ultimate use of a new technology and the pace of its adoption are not always a simple matter.
While in this case the role of future engineers and new technologies will be important to speeding a recovery from a disastrous event, it also can help in improving our ability to predict risk and adapt systems to prepare for the possibilities to minimize impact.
For example, there is the likely possibility that computational power will improve such that accurate long-range weather predictions will be possible for relatively small geographic areas.
This will allow defensive designs to be developed and customized for local conditions. The final scenario examines the influence of global changes, as these can impact the future through conflict or, more broadly, through globalization.
Engineering is particularly sensitive to such issues because it speaks through an international language of mathematics, science, and technology. The body of the report begins in Chapter 1 with a review designed to set the stage for likely future technological changes and challenges that will impact the world and the engineering profession.
Dramatic expansion of knowledge is expected that will offer exciting opportunities for engineering to develop new technologies to address the problems faced by society. The impact will be seen in medical breakthroughs, new energy devices, materials with characteristics not available today, remarkable light sources, and next-generation computers and tele- Page 4 Share Cite Suggested Citation: Engineering has contributed enormously to the quality of life we enjoy today, and the opportunities for the future are likely to be ever greater.
The challenges include, among others, deteriorating infrastructure, environmental issues, and providing housing, water, and health care for a rapidly growing population.
Chapter 2 addresses the societal, geopolitical, and professional contexts within which engineering and its new technologies will exist.Civil engineering: Play a role in building the nation Img Source: Education connect.
Civil engineering is the oldest forms of engineering. The first act of civil engineering can be traced back to ancient times when the first house was built or a tree trunk was laid across a river to construct a bridge. Mar 29, · The Importance of Engineering to Society. and is the 'goose that lays the golden eggs' for its national economy.
the role of the engineer is crucial. or to qualify for Chartered Engineering status. and practical knowledge to design and build structures.
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of each of the various engineering fields (e.g., civil and structural engineering, chemical engineering), the chapter will look at how engineering in general has contributed to hazard reduction. Mar 06, · Best Answer: The Natioanal Park Service employees two types of civil engineers, Construction and Design.
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Increased development and the need for precise land divisions, as well as the role of mapping for military requirements, have led to many improvements in instrumentation and methods.
One of the most recent advances is that of satellite surveying or Global Navigation Satellite . Civil Engineering And Land Development A civil engineer is a person who practices civil engineering – the application of planning, designing, constructing, maintaining, and operating infrastructures while protecting the public and environmental health, as well as improving existing infrastructures that have been neglected.