Transition engineering | In addition to addressing climate change, can this methodology help you build a sustainable STEM career?
Transition engineering | It addresses climate change, but can the methodology also help you build a sustainable career? Join us on August 19 at 8 am (PST) for our TARATALK with Susan Krumdieck, a mechanical engineering professor from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand.
Susan Krumdieck invented the discipline of transition engineering to encourage engineers to re-think how to approach sustainability in the energy world. “It starts by accepting the fact you can’t work on sustainability—but you can work on changing what isn’t sustainable,” explains Susan. “It involves thinking into the future and like safety engineering, transition engineering actions social responsibility and sound science to deliver change projects that down-shift the exposure to fossil fuel supply and climate change risks.” During our conversation, Gotara CEO and founder D. Sangeeta will also explore with Susan how one can use the transition concept to “re-engineer your future career.” They will also explore Susan’s STEM path, which began as a girl in rural Colorado. At first, she was going to be an anthropologist as she was curious to learn more about the area’s early indigenous communities and what happened to them. Then the energy crisis hit, and it inspired her to become an engineer. She has her B.S. and M.S. Degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Energy Systems Engineering from Arizona State University and her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder. While her professional passion has her looking to the future, Susan still looks to the past for inspiration as a member of a choral group that sings ancient Gregorian chants.