AS Part of National Engineering Month (NEM) 2017, Engineers Without Borders (EWB), Carleton University Chapter held their 3rd annual Global Engineering Youth Summit on Sunday March 19, 2017! This is a day-long conference for high school students to learn more about the engineering profession and how engineers play a key role in global issues.
The day started off with a keynote presentation on the ‘Social Responsibility of an Engineer’ from Michael Monette, the President and Chair of the Ontario Society for Professional Engineers (OSPE). Thank you to Mr. Monette for presenting at our event!
After the keynote, was a variety of engineering workshops that linked the engineering profession to social, economic, and political issues that people don’t usually think of when they think of engineering. Presentation topics included ‘Heritage Conservation and Sustainable Development’, ‘Code in the Modern World’, ‘Bridge-Building’, ‘Changing the World With Chocolate’ and ‘Water for the World’. Not only did we have presentations from within EWB Carleton, but this event would not be possible without the collaboration of other similarly-minded groups in the Carleton community. A huge thanks goes out to the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers (CSCE) – Carleton University Chapter, Fair Trade Carleton, and the Systems and Computer Engineering Society of Carleton University (SCESoc).
Finally, the day of learning concluded with a keynote presentation by current environmental engineering masters student and former EWB Junior Fellow and Carleton University Chapter President Robyn Chatwin-Davies, who presented her work on water distribution in Malawi, remote communities in the Canadian Arctic, and air pollution in low-income neighbourhoods of New York City. Thank you to Robyn for speaking at our event!
A final thanks to the Carleton University Engineering Outreach Office, who provided the room bookings, projector access, and promotional material for the event.
Be sure to spread the word and get involved with this event next year!
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