Sustainability and engineering: some thoughts

Today I heard a talk by Prof. A W Date on Sustainability and engineering (with specific reference to Mechanical Engineering). As engineers, do we also worry about how the things that we construct will be broken down? As engineers, do we have to refuse working on solutions which, a priori, we know are not sustainable? Prof. Date posed some of these questions, indicated why we may have to take hard stands and push for policies which will result in engineering solutions that do not deplete resources, and deplete them fast. An enjoyable and thought-provoking talk!

PS: I will update this post with a link to Prof. Date’s presentation as and when I get it; of course, going through the presentation by oneself is no substitute of listening to the talk; but, it will at least give a flavour of things that were discussed.

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