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Solving wicked sustainability problems: What specific knowledge and skills do students need to have to solve modern sustainability issues and those of the future? Solving wicked sustainability problems: What specific knowledge and skills do students need to have to solve modern sustainability issues and those of the future? HOT


With increasing pressures of climate change, environmental impact measurement, resource efficiency, material intensity, risk management and triple bottom line reporting, young engineering graduate students are increasingly being challenged to provide a skill set  that meets the challenges of a changing world. 

Whilst the challenges for sustainability engineering education are many, increasing focus is being given to problem based learning approaches and the need to provide learning outcomes that meet the changing needs of the profession. 

The workshop will focus on providing answers to the following questions: 

a.  What are the sustainability problems that engineering  students will need to solve in the workplace  and 

b.  What do engineering students need to demonstrate  in terms of sustainability/ environmental management and assessment skills in order to solve these problems? 

The workshop will be run by members of the Sustainable Engineering Education Network (SEEN).  It is a follow up workshop to the SEEN workshop run at the A2E2 2013 conference in Melbourne.  


The workshop will be suitable for all engineering academics and for professional staff with responsibilities for engineering education particularly those involved in sustainable engineering, engineering systems and engineering practice.  



Every participant will become more aware of the sustainable engineering content being covered by many universities and the emphasis these issues are receiving in current sustainable engineering education curricula frameworks and content.  The workshop is also intended to give participants an opportunity to assess the capability of their programs in providing the necessary knowledge and skills necessary to solve challenging sustainable engineering  problems. 


Prof. Robin King was pro vice chancellor for IT, engineering and the environment at the University of South Australia from 1997 – 2007.  Since then Robin has led and contributed to several national engineering education initiatives through roles with the Australian Council of Engineering Deans, Engineers Australia and the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.      

Prof. Roger Hadgraft is Deputy Dean, Learning and Teaching, School of Engineering and Technology at Central Queensland University  He has particular interest in problem based and project based learning in engineering education. He is currently investigating the potential for a sustainability challenge like those run by EWB with a specific focus on a systems approach to engineering decision making for sustainable engineering outcomes. 

A.Prof. Michele Rosano is the Director of the Sustainable Engineering Group at Curtin University. She has been involved with the development of the Sustainable Engineering Education Network (SEEN) nationally and is currently working on an OLT grant application to develop and promote sustainable engineering education in Australian Universities. 


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