Transition engineering - rethinking everything
21 September 2011
A lecture organised by Energy, Environment and Sustainability Group.
In the years ahead a great transition is needed from the unsustainable direction in which human society is headed, to a direction that leads to a resilient, stable and sustainable future. To change direction and reach such a future, responses to climate change and to peak oil need to be more sophisticated than “business as usual” – and just as engineers have enabled change at all levels of human activity in the last 150 years, so too are engineers needed to enable change in the future. This is the challenge of Transition Engineering.
Transition Engineering encompasses the engineering challenges of technological as well as non-technological changes required for transition to a sustainable future and will need the vision and creativity of engineers in all existing engineering disciplines.
Many engineers are already practicing this kind of thinking. Bringing transition engineers together is of similar importance to the emergence of “safety engineering” in response to horrific industrial accidents in the last century.
Speaker: Dr Susan Krumdieck, Associate Professor of Engineering, The University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand
Dr Susan Krumdieck is a visionary engineer and engaging speaker working on Transition Engineering in New Zealand; she will share her vision of a new kind of engineering and a new opportunity for engineers to help create a sustainable future.