Student Activities

This year’s WEEF/GEDC Conference collocated with the AEEA 2022 conference will center around the topic of Adapting to Global Disruption: Meeting the challenge with integrative, holistic, and sustainable engineering. The themes to be considered can be represented by these questions:

Student Activities
Students hold an important voice in the engineering education community; we are agents of change. Throughout this year’s conference, students will have the opportunity to collaborate in the development of activities aimed specifically toward highlighting the particular interests and needs of engineering students and early career engineers. To this end, we wish to confirm multiple working groups to develop presentations/panels/workshops accordingly. Themes of interest are described below:
Inclusivity
Diversity and inclusiveness are essential to enriching educational experiences and innovations that drive the development of creative solutions in addressing the world’s challenges. Inclusive engineering education creates learning environments that respond to the diverse needs of students through various learning instructional mechanisms and systems. This is to ensure that all have access to a quality education system that embraces best practices and research across the areas of engineering curricula, policies, instructional practices, nurturing organizational support, and access to educational resources. There should, in particular, be active engagement to promote the pursuit of engineering careers to those individuals who have been historically under-represented within engineering with specific efforts to attract and retain their talents.

Key questions for this theme:
  • How can we integrate and leverage our diverse global environments within engineering education, to build more resilient and sustainable learning environments for all?
  • What do we think are the greatest obstacles and opportunities for equity and equality in engineering education across gender, race, culture, and philosophical standings?
  • How can we make our shared spaces and built educational surroundings equally habitable and comfortable to people of all backgrounds?

The ability of students to adapt to new or different learning environments is essential for both students’ success and experience. The engineering education disruptions have recently been influenced by the pandemic, technological revolution, and climate change. This thematic area will bring together experts’ opinions in the area of adaptability, and will explore international and diverse students’ experiences in adapting to change. This theme considers the role of universities in supporting students during periods of uncertainty and crisis. In addition, the mechanisms students use to deal with this change will be discussed.

Key questions for this theme:

  • What have we learnt about how students adapted to the technological revolution, climate change and the rapid changes during the Covid Pandemic?
  • How has students’ value of their instruction and educational experience changed during COVID?
  • What are the issues regarding students’ well-being and how is this managed during the pandemic or periods of change?
  • What are student perspectives on how the educational systems (includes learning systems, instruction, leadership and support) responded during the crisis?
  • What changes do students expect to see in the future educational environment?
Capacity Building

There is a need to increase the pool of engineering practitioners globally to support infrastructure development using innovative and advancing technological solutions. Hence it is vital to attract, develop, and retain talents in engineering. This theme explores best practices on how students are attracted, developed and retained in engineering during their undergraduate, graduate and early career development years. This theme also focuses on key competencies in which students are expected to develop.

Key questions for this theme:

  • How do students develop competencies to meet both global and local expectations?
  • What is the industry’s expectation from graduating students?
  • How can students be part of attracting, supporting, and retaining the future pipeline of engineering practitioners?
  • What is the expectation from academia on students supporting capacity building initiatives?
  • How can industry and academia work together to support student and early career development?
  • How are career opportunities changing for students and how are students expected to engage with these new opportunities?
  • What constitutes continuing professional development and how to align this to future career aspirations?
Climate Change

Climate change poses a major global threat to society and the environment, and action needs to take place before the damage is irreversible. Seeing as future change is inevitable, it is important that action is taken to avert, minimize and address the loss and damage that is already occurring, and will continue to occur, from climate change. With the prediction of increasing frequency and severity of natural disasters, it is paramount that communities adapt to prevent, prepare and recover from the impact of climate change. From now on, action is required to reduce the vulnerability and exposure of  communities most at risk, and find innovative ways to deal with disaster risk management.

Key questions for this theme:

  • How do current education systems foster an appreciation for nature and empower a climate neutral future? What changes need to be made to improve our understanding of climate impacts?
  • What are some of the challenges in adapting current land use and practices for a more sustainable future? How can practices be adapted or changed to improve climate resilience?
  • How can communities be best prepared and empowered to adapt to changing environments? How can aspects of society and culture be preserved while accommodating this need to adapt?

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