Making the transition to solving global engineering ‘mega-problems’


Encouraging engineers and others to think differently to solve wicked ‘unsolvable’ problems is the aim of the University of Canterbury’s two Transitional Engineering micro-degrees supported by the EPECentre and Transitional Headquarters.

  • Energy InTIME© and Achieve NetZero Applying InTIME© are inspired by Adjunct Professor Susan Krumdieck’s book Transition Engineering: Building a Sustainable Future.

The short courses have been developed to prepare engineers and professionals working in various fields to contribute to the transition of all current systems and operations, emphasizing the use of an easy-to-use logical approach in the practice. Globally, these are some of the only courses offered in the field.

Transitional Engineering is taught by Assistant Professor Susan Krumdieck, a pioneer in the field. Professor Krumdieck, who taught power 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 for achieving effective carbon reduction in a variety of organizational settings, such as engineering, education, business, government, non-profit organizations and the community. Transition engineers in all fields are becoming essential for the successful design and implementation of the change projects needed to drive massive transformational change, especially in the oil, coal and gas, water, infrastructure, automotive, air transport, architecture and construction.

Both micro-degree courses introduce Professor Krumdieck’s Interdisciplinary, Innovation, Management and Engineering (InTIME©) Transition Process, which brings engineering analysis and advice into policy and planning discussions in new ways collaborative. Much of the material is based on his book Transition engineering: building a sustainable future.

InTIME© energy is a micro-certification course for professional engineers and those in related fields. Primarily self-paced, the course explores a new quantitative understanding of climate and resource (energy, material use, etc.) challenges caused by unsustainable growth, applying a mix of theory, storytelling and examples . It focuses on “mega-issues” such as mitigating climate change and peak oil, unsustainability, and adapting to future energy and economic downturn trends. InTIME© energy launch May 30 and registration closes August 30).

Achieve NetZero by applying InTIME© is a four-module course aimed at a more general audience, including policy makers, planners, managers, advisers, urban designers, leaders or those who simply wish to improve their understanding of the scale of transition required . This course provides powerful insight into the issues, with a focus on the carbon reduction measures needed. This course can be started at any time.

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