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MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development

global challenges, engineering solutions

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ESD MPhil Alumni Conference held 17th July 2015

last modified Jul 21, 2015 04:07 PM
ESD MPhil Alumni Conference held 17th July 2015

Mara-Tafadzwa Makoni (2011-12)

The ESD Alumni conference was held on 17th July 2015 at the Department of Engineering, Cambridge. There were 9 speakers at the event ranging from  Simon Lamb  who was a student on the 2006 MPhil programme to Nils Goldbeck, Angeliki Gkogka and Peter Levi from last year's MPhil.

The topics ranged from the winterisation of red cross tents, scenario stress testing, canal boats as part of a sustainable housing solution for London, driverless cars and energy strategy projects of large masterplans.

It was a fascinating day and exicting to hear what the students are doing after the MPhil programme.

Thanks go to all the speakers and to Nils and Jack for helping to run the event.

Photo credit: Owen

Key Themes of the Course

Context

The need to engage in better problem definition through careful dialogue with all stakeholder groups and a proper recognition of context.

Perspectives

An ability to work with specialists from other disciplines and professional groups acknowledging that technical innovation and business skills also must be understood, nurtured and combined as precursors to the successful implementation of sustainable solutions

Change

An understanding of mechanisms for managing change in organisations so future engineers are equipped to play a leadership role.

Tools

An awareness of a range of assessment frameworks, sustainability metrics and methodologies such as Life Cycle Analysis, Systems Dynamics, Multi-Criteria Decision making and Impact Assessment.

 

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