Module: Sustainable engineering design

Christchurch earthquake

After any manmade or natural disaster, it’s always left to the Engineering Designer to come up with solutions to deal with the aftermath and most importantly, to reduce the risk of the event happening again.

The results of this can be seen in the improved resilient to earthquakes of buildings, improved terrestrial and aircraft transport safety and the robustness of every day devices around the house.

Such designers are also involved in the technological advancements of sports equipment, hitting the golf ball longer, the tennis ball more consistently or increased speed down a toboggan track.

The engineering design is at the forefront of healthcare.

Developing home health care solution for the long term ill, new illness detection tools and prosthetic limbs.

Throw in the issues of the environment and the ever dwindling natural resources, and the diversity and complexity of the job facing the designer become obvious.

In this module, students learn the tools and techniques that support the design process and allow engineers to produce safe, cost effective and environmentally friendly solutions that improve the quality of life for the generations to follow.

Image shows engineers assessing earthquake damage to heritage buildings in Christchurch, New Zealand, March 09, 2011. iStock