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Sustainable Engineering for a Greener World

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Curtin University is celebrating National Engineering Week, 2-6 August, by hosting a panel discussion on sustainable engineering.

The discussion, moderated by Curtin’s Dean of Engineering, Professor Moses Tade, will highlight a number of ways engineering can make Australian society more sustainable.

“Sustainability is becoming increasingly important and there is a lot that engineering can do to make our society more environmentally responsible,” Professor Tade said.

“Engineers can design buildings that are more energy and water efficient, they can also help improve public transport, create cleaner cars and new ways to dispose of waste.”

Dr Andrew Simpson, a senior lecturer at the Curtin University Sustainable Policy Institute (CUSP) and former engineer with electric car manufacturer Tesla, will speak on the opportunities for, and barriers to, electric vehicle use in Australia.

“Transport is a major contributor to pollution and carbon dioxide emissions, and electric vehicles powered by renewable energy can be a major solution to many of the world’s environmental concerns,” Dr Simpson said.

Dr Euan Lindsay, a Curtin senior lecturer and award winning engineering educator, said engineers were necessary when designing cleaner cars.

He will talk about Curtin’s role in educating engineers for a more sustainable future.

“In order to begin designing more sustainable vehicles and buildings, we must ensure that the next generation of engineers recognise the importance of sustainability so that it is at the forefront of anything they do,” Dr Lindsay said.

Director of the Centre of Excellence in Cleaner Production, Associate Professor Michele Rosano, will discuss how engineering can build a more sustainable society.

“There are a number of ways that engineering can contribute to a more sustainable society, and Curtin is working on many of these,” Associate Professor Rosano said.

Curtin’s National Engineering Week talk, Sustainable Engineering for a Greener World, will be held 5:30pm to 7:00pm on Wednesday 4 August at the Curtin Resources and Chemistry Precinct, near the Manning Road entrance of Curtin University’s Bentley Campus. 

National Engineering Week is held each year in August. In 2010 it will be held on Monday 2 August to Friday 6 August

RSVP to events@curtin.edu.au or call 9266 2563 by Thursday 29 July.

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