Four Engineering Council representatives joined a panel of 19 judges for the 2016 Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Challenge Finals, held at the Siemens Crystal in London in June. The event is an annual educational inter-university design competition produced by Engineers Without Borders UK. It is run by academics at their institutions in a module setup for team projects. Commodore David Elford, who sits on the Engineering Council’s Registration Standards Committee, and Dr Philip Sayer, Michael Fowle and Richard Cadbury, on the organisation’s Quality Assurance Committee, joined representatives from the Engineering Professors' Council, Anglo American, Arup, UCL and the Department for Energy and Climate Change as judges. Together they judged the best of the student teams that had participated in the 2015-16 EWB Challenge and selected a winner.
Set in real world contexts, the design challenge spans a number of engineering disciplines and encourages students to understand the role of engineering in society and their future role as professional engineers. It introduces them to the idea of global responsibility and allows them to explore how to incorporate the global dimension into their engineering ethic. In 2015-16 the EWB Challenge was run in 26 universities and over 4,600 students participated. More details about the day, the winners, IET President Naomi Climer's keynote speech and the programme, are available by clicking here.