Trip of a lifetime engineers future leaders


On 5 December, 19 University of Sydney students departed for a once-in-a-lifetime trip to India working with Engineers Without Borders Australia (EWB) to learn how to design and create positive change within disadvantaged communities.

The Design Summit is part of the newly-developed Humanitarian Engineering major within the School of Civil Engineering which is being supported by EWB, a not-for-profit organisation which creates change through humanitarian design, engineering and international development initiatives.

As part of the Design Summit program, students will embark on a two-week educational study tour, providing them with the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of the role design and technology plays in the developing world.

Dr Jacqueline Thomas, academic team coordinator, believes the Design Summit program will play a fundamental part in fostering well-rounded engineers.

"I'm very passionate about this course because students take the skills and knowledge they've learnt in class and have the opportunity to put those skills into action through a human-centred design challenge based in a disadvantaged community," said Thomas.

This elective course will provide hands-on experience to develop students' humanitarian engineering skills by interacting with local communities, attending workshops and developing potential solutions to real-world problems identified by EWB staff and community leaders.

The course is designed to foster leadership qualities, understand the social and environmental impact of design and learn about the responsibilities of engineers in ethical decision making.

"By the end of the trip the students will have a better understanding of how they can utilise appropriate technologies combined with principles of sustainability, to become a humanitarian engineer who can meet the future challenges of this world," she added.

We will follow the journeys of five students and their experiences and challenges over the next few weeks of this important engineering project.

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