Engineering Grand Challenges 2016: Debate
Our top final year engineering students will debate the grand challenges facing Queensland in the 21st century. These students are undertaking the course “ENGG7701 Engineering Grand Challenges” in the combined Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) and Master of Engineering (BE(Hons)/ME) program at UQ.
These students critically analyse how engineers help tackle the key grand challenges facing humanity, in the areas of water, infrastructure, medicine, environment, smart machines and energy.
They are exploring how engineers work effectively to solve large engineering problems, where there are also important non-technical challenges.
Monday, 17 October 2016: 1pm to 4pm, Room C207, Hawken Engineering Building, UQ St Lucia Campus
Topic 1: Queensland should build more dams to ensure security of water supply.
Topic 2: Queensland building of road tunnels in Brisbane provides significant benefits.
Topic 3: Queensland should make a significant investment in the setting up of a research, development and production company for the production of new medicines using bio-inspired chemical engineering.
Topic 4: Queensland should make a significant investment in carbon capture and storage.
Topic 5: Queensland should make a significant investment and become the Silicon Valley in mining equipment, technology and services
Monday, 24 October 2016; 1pm to 3pm, Room C207, Hawken Engineering Building, UQ St Lucia Campus
Topic 6: Queensland should ensure that existing feed-in tariffs for domestic roof-top solar panels on domestic houses are equal to the average current cost of electricity production.
Topic 7: South Australia should develop a nuclear reprocessing business including mining, reprocessing and end-of-life storage.
Topic 8: Australia should insure that the NBN is fibre-to-the-home in Brisbane.
- Two minute talks in turn by 1st speaker for, 1st speaker against, 2nd speaker for, 2nd speaker against, 3rd speaker for, 3rd speaker against,
- 10 minute question and answer session with questions from the floor each answered in turn by one speaker for and one speaker against, and
- Summary by 1st speaker against, final summary by 1st speaker for.
Please note: You will be able to select your preferred day when filling out the registration form.