World Engineering Day

Sustainable development is this year’s theme. Check out how the professionals ‘celebrated’

UNESCO’s World Engineering Day is being celebrated today across the world and internet. Its main facet this year is an expected report on the state of engineering the world over, which was delivered in webinar format earlier today. “Sustainable development” is a major theme for the report.

This was followed by a roundtable discussion that truly embraced the international approach, moderated by an American, Donovan Guttieres, Former Chair UN Major Group Children and Youth, MIT, engineer, and featuring:

-Firas Bou Diab, Chair, WFEO Young Engineers/Future Leaders (Lebanon)

-Adam Bialachowski, Chair, International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC) Young Leaders Council (Poland)

-Loreto Valenzuela Roediger, International Federation of Engineering Education Societies (IFEES), Associate Professor, Catholic University Chile (Chile)

-Philippa Ngaju Makobore, IEEE, Head, Instrumentation Division, Uganda Industrial Research Institute (Uganda)

-Bolormaa Gendensuren, International Network for Women Engineers and Scientists (INWES), School of Chemical Engineering, University of Ulsan (South Korea)

See the full agenda and its many participants here.

View the full UNESCO Webcast (English) here.

The 17 colors of the UN Sustainable Development Goals are included in its logo; these are said to represent the commitment to the UN 2030 Agenda. The colors at the center of the image are for the Sustainable Development Goals for Water, Energy, Sustainable Infrastructure and Innovation. “These are the main areas where engineers are needed most,” according to the UN, with “the goal for Engineering Education  [also being] central as the world needs more engineers with the right engineering skills for sustainable development.”

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