Global Engineering Media

Global Engineering - A Tale

by Mike Winer, 3B Nanotechnology in the Iron Warrior
November 17, 2010

Global Engineering tries to recognize the concept that we all, as prospective or active engineers, have some type of responsibility for our actions. In a greater sense, I liken to term this the ‘Spiderman complex’, from which I proudly take the movie quote, “With great power comes great responsibility”. Just like Peter Parker’s trusty Uncle Ben, the idea behind global engineering is for all of us to understand our part in the greater fabric of society. Continue reading >>

Definition of Global Engineering

by Ian Murray

What is the Global Engineer?
The Global Engineer is the next generation of engineer that EWB would like to see graduate from universities across Canada and across the world. These global engineers will take a broad view in thinking and acting on the world’s most complex problems. To enable these engineers to be global leaders, we need to equip them with the core capacities to approach these challenges with thoughtfulness, ability and open minds.

We want to create engineers that are eager and equipped to contribute to international development. These engineers will have the knowledge, skills and attitudes to directly contribute to development projects through the government, corporations or organizations like EWB. However, the contributions of these Global Engineers will not end here. Through socially responsible decision making on international engineering projects, these engineers will have an impact on making the engineering profession more pro-development. Specifically, global engineers can
-Engage with a variety of stakeholders and systems to drive the creations of innovative and multidisciplinary solutions to complex problems,
-Question and contribute to corporate practice to look at the social, environmental, political, and economical impact of their work, and
-Identify the limitations of their knowledge and seek out opportunities to grow personally and professionally to increase their overall contributions to society.

These engineers will also be seen as the leaders in their field and model active global citizens, role modeling through positive thoughtful actions and an active voice in public policy. They will become engaged in all aspects of their community: locally, nationally and internationally. They will also engage their community, encouraging an awareness of the issues and fostering attitudes and actions for change.

How will we develop Global Engineers?
Tranformative change in the engineers profession will require transformative change in the engineering education. But through our influence in the profession, our reputation amongst engineering educators and our network of student leaders across the country, EWB is positioned to lead this change.

We have begun forging a path to propel this sweeping transformation of engineering education. Through our curriculum enhancement work at our chapters, we are taking the first steps to engaging the next generation of engineers to become global engineers. With resources developed collaboratively between our chapters and the National Office, our chapters can implement presentations, workshop and lectures on developing the knowledge, skills and attitudes global engineers will require. Our CE program also helps to build new relationships with faculty members, engaging and exciting them in our global engineering concept.

But EWB’s work in bringing about more global engineers does not stop there. From the National Office, we will strike new and deep partnerships with interested universities who want to take the next step in making their engineering curriculum more relevant for our global society. We will work with these universities to examine all aspects of their engineering curriculum to incorporate our global engineers concepts throughout. We will also bring the engineering education leaders in these schools together to explore best practices and create a national strategy to catalyze more change in the engineering curriculum. These universities and educators will be on the cuttin edge of engineering education and become leaders in attracting a new generation of engineers who want to change the world.

The Role of Global Engineers in the World
Imagine the global change that can be created if engineers move byeond focusing on just technical problems and start focussing on the worlds most complex and important challenges. Imagine the level of engagement and awareness of the Canadian public if engineers broaden their areas of responsiblity and engage their communities to help deliver the change in the world that we seek. The world is in desperate need for global problem solvers, and global engineers are the best suited to fill that role.

Canadian engnieers have the opportunity to lead the charge to solve the problems of humanity through human development. We have the opportunity to evolve our work to be continually relevant and a cornerstone of modern society. We have the oppotunity to be the leading global experts, the group that people turn to solve the real problems of the world. With the problems of the world getting more complex and interconnected, as engineers we can’t ignore these opportunities. We need to emerge as the global engineering leaders to design for adaptable, people focused, social impact solutions to the problems of the world. With our positive examples, we can rally the rest of the world around the change we want to see created.

Shifting the system: Harnessing the power of engineering to address poverty

by Allison Langille, EWB National Office
October 19, 2010

This article appeared in the September/October issue of Engineering Dimensions, put out by the Professional Engineers of Ontario. Featuring our work in Malawi and Ghana, the article showcases the ways EWB is supporting systemic change. Continue reading >>

Creating Global Engineers

by Leah Henderson, 3N Systems Design in the Iron Warrior
September 6, 2010

University students tend to become isolated from the world after one to five years on campus - so it may come as a surprise to us the way that engineers are perceived by the public. “Engineers Rule the World” and other such slogans show how some of us view engineering. Meanwhile, the public rankings of prestigious occupations place engineers below doctors, scientists, and teachers - near the middle of the ranking scale. Continue reading on Page 6 >>

Equipping engineers to serve the world

August 23, 2010

Erica Barnes, EWB member and 3rd year civil engineering student at McMaster University, was recently featured in the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers’ quarterly print publication called The Voice. The Voice is Ontario Engineers’ primary publication for promoting and advocating for the engineering profession, and widely read throughout Ontario. Continue reading on Page 5>>

Technical Solutions to Complex Problems

by Rob Sparrow, 3T Systems Design in the Iron Warrior
March 10, 2010

In Canada we recognize that technical silver bullets don’t exist for the problems we are try- ing to grapple with. In developing countries, we tend to believe that because the problems seem very basic to us (like getting people ac- cess to potable drinking water) our immense technical expertise can obviously mend the situation. This is not the case. It is our respon- sibility as Canadians, and as global engineers, to apply the same rigor and analysis to under- standing and helping to address the issues be- ing faced in the developing world. Continue reading on Page 4 >>

Rant: ERTW vs. ESTW

Should engineers be ashamed of their profession, or is there another approach we can take? Trevor Freeman from Engineers Without Borders Canada rants about the old engineering slogan "Engineers Rule the World". What do you think?

Engineers Serve the World

The world is calling for a new kind of problem solver. Engineers like these can, and will, make a difference.