Transitioning to solve the world’s engineering ‘mega-problems’

03 June 2022

Emboldening engineers and others to think differently to solve wicked ‘unsolvable’ problems is the focus of the University of Canterbury’s two Transition Engineering micro-credentials supported by the EPECentre and Transition HQ.

  • Susan Krumdieck

    Energy InTIME© and Achieve NetZero Applying InTIME© draw on material from Adjunct Professor Susan Krumdieck's book Transition Engineering: Building a Sustainable Future.

The short courses were developed to prepare engineers and professionals working in various fields to contribute to the transition of all current systems and operations, with a focus on using a logical approach that’s straightforward to use in practice. Globally, they’re some of the only courses offered in the field. 

Transition engineering is taught by Adjunct Professor Susan Krumdieck, a pioneer in the field. Professor Krumdieck, who taught energy engineering at the University of Canterbury for over 17 years, is now based at Heriot-Watt University, Scotland.

Transition engineering is a relatively new field to achieve effective carbon emissions downshift in a variety of organisational contexts, such as engineering, education, business, government, non-profit organisation, and community.  Transition engineers in all fields are becoming crucial for successful design and implementation of shift projects needed to lead massive transformational changes, especially in oil, coal and gas, water, infrastructure, automotive, airline, architecture and building sectors.  

Both micro-credential courses introduce Professor Krumdieck’s Interdisciplinary Transition Innovation, Management and Engineering (InTIME©) process which brings engineering analysis and advice into policy and planning discussions in new collaborative ways. Much of the material is based on her book Transition Engineering: Building a Sustainable Future.

Energy InTIME© is a micro-credential course targeted at professional engineers and those in related fields. Mainly self-paced, the course explores new quantitative understanding of the climate and resource challenges (energy, materials usage, etc) caused by unsustainable growth, by applying a mix of theory, storytelling, and examples. It focuses on ‘mega-problems’ such as climate change mitigation and peak oil, unsustainability and adaptation to the future trends in energy and economic downshift. Energy InTIME© launches 30 May and enrolments close on 30 Aug).

Achieve NetZero Applying InTIME© is a four-module course aimed at a more general audience, including policymakers, planners, managers, advisors, urban designers, leaders or those just wanting to improve their understanding of the size of the transition required. This course gives a powerful overview of the issues, providing a laser-sharp focus on what carbon downshift measures are required.  This course can be started anytime. 

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