Understanding engineering value with James Trevelyan
Season 2, Episode #16
See James Trevelyan at WEC2019 in Melbourne
Friday 22 Nov @ 9.10am in Plenary 2
Friday 22 Nov @ 2.17pm in room 217
Mel speaks live – Wednesday 20 Nov @ 4.51pm
Dom speaks live – Thursday 21 Nov @ 1.47pm
Welcome Season 2 Episode 16
What value does engineering bring society?
In engineering, there’s this pervasive idea that you’re only really doing something valuable if you’re innovating
This is a question James Trevelyan has pondered throughout his career and he challenges other engineers to answer.
its most unfortunate that we’re really poorly regarded in governments, boardrooms, C suites around the world
Until such time engineers can truly understand their own value, they have no chance at communicating to society why human civilization will not survive without them.
it’s not a matter of fixing a reputation. It’s a matter of fixing performance
Extra discussions during the episode
Advice for future engineers: Engineering is the career for the future.
It’s up to us as engineers to show them what needs to be done
Engineering item James admires: Goldfields water supply scheme (pipeline)
In today’s terms, that is an amazingly skillfully executed project
Engineer James admires: CY O’Connor
There are very few engineering projects that perform as well, have lasted as long and were brought in at only 8% over the original budget
About James Trevelyan
James Trevelyan is a mechanical engineer who graduated from the University of Western Australia and is also an Adjunct professor there.
About 12 years ago James started his own company called Close Comfort where he is on a mission to develop portable air conditioning technology that provides comfortable cooling using 80-90% less power than conventional air conditioning.
Watch his 2012 Tedx presentation about engineering ending poverty.
In 2018 he was awarded the West Australian of the Year – Professions Category
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