The National Academy of Engineering--in collaboration with Arizona State University, the Boston Museum of Science, the University of Virginia, and the Colorado School of Mines--held the first of two planned workshops on June 7th and 8th at the Beckman Center at the University of California, Irvine. The goal of the project on "Climate Change, Engineered Systems, and Society" is to transform education in formal and informal educational environments--especially science museums and undergraduate engineering departments--in order to prepare current and future engineers, policymakers, and the public to meet the challenges facing engineering in a dynamic climate system.
The project is funded in part by a grant from the National Science Foundation.
The first workshop focuses primarily on issues of adaptation and mitigation for climate and engineered systems, where these systems are understood as complex socio-technical systems with significant political, cultural, economic and ethical dimensions. It also pays attention to larger scale climate interventions such as geo-engineering.
The day prior to the workshop consists of a project planning meeting with project members; days two and three are the public workshops. Available members of the project team and external advisory board may meet also for a short post-workshop review just following the event.