The Global Engineering Challenge

  • What challenges will you face as a professional engineer?

  • How will your decisions impact on the people around you and throughout the world?

  • How will you promote and defend your projects?

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In order to tackle the Engineering Challenges of the 21st century, it is important to possess teamwork, design, problem-solving, communication skills and global awareness, as well as technical knowledge. The aim of the Sheffield University Global Engineering Challenge Week is to introduce and develop these transferable skills, by working in a cross-faculty team to tackle a real life engineering project.

In this week-long project, all first year students in the Engineering Faculty tackle real-world problems from a global perspective. Students taking part in the Global Engineering ChallengeWe'll challenge you to think about not only 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 - shaping and improving the world we live in. And in an increasingly international industry, you'll be the kind of engineer that employers value highly.

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 you've considered the social, environmental and economic impacts. 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.

You will:

  • Learn about sustainability, project management and professional behaviours
  • Develop your personal effectiveness in team working, communication, giving and using feedback, and reviewing your own skills
  • Meet and learn from recent engineering graduates
  • Have a fantastic opportunity to develop and showcase skills you can later use to impress prospective employers
  • Make new friends!

You will also benefit from feedback by people from industry - often University of Sheffield graduates - who share their own skills and expertise to help you develop the best solution to the problem. These alumni will also provide feedback in the 'Board Room' on elements of your group's teamwork and project planning.

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.