The Global Engineering Challenge
What challenges will you face as a professional computer scientist or software engineer? How will your decisions impact on the people around you, and throughout the world? How will you promote your projects and defend them?
In this week-long project, all first year students in the Faculty of Engineering tackle real-world problems from a global perspective. We'll challenge you to think about not just the technical issues in engineering developments, but also the social, ethical and environmental implications of your decisions. It's the kind of thinking that will equip you for a career with impact – where you can shape and improve the world we live in. And in an increasingly global industry, it's the kind of thinking that employers value highly.
Broadening your engineering skills
Working in teams, you'll find solutions to a real-life engineering problem faced by developing communities. At the end of the challenge you'll present your ideas, showing that you've considered the social, environmental and economic impacts. You will gain experience of engineering design in a much broader field than just software development - for example, you could find yourself researching alternative fuel sources for a small community in India, or designing new water and sanitation systems. The project is based on the Engineers Without Borders Challenge – a national competition for engineering undergraduates.
Developing skills that matter
As a professional computer scientist or software engineer, you'll need to be an excellent team worker. The Global Engineering Challenge gives you the opportunity to develop team working skills and put them into practice. You'll collaborate with engineers across all disciplines – just as you would in industry – and learn to think outside your specialist area. As you research and present ideas, you'll improve your skills in communicating and solving complex problems. Throughout, you'll be thinking about issues from a global perspective.
All these skills make you an asset to any employer. You'll also grow in confidence, learning more about your own strengths and which areas interest you.