Humanitarian Engineering attracts winner of the John Monash Scholarship
The John Monash Scholarship awarded recognises excellence and leadership in outstanding graduates to support them with their postgraduate study overseas at another of the world's best Universities. This years winner, Jess Coldry, will be using the Scholarship to study at Warwick on the School's MSc in Humanitarian Engineering.
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1st International Symposium on Humanitarian Engineering Challenges and Approaches
18th-19th May 2021
University of West Attica, Athens, Greece will host this event online due to the extraordinary conditions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The 1st International Symposium on Humanitarian Engineering Challenges and Approaches will be hosted by the University of West Attica, Athens in collaboration with the ENHANCE Project - ENabling Humanitarian Attributes for Nurturing Community-based Engineering led by our Programme Director, Professor Georgia Kremmyda.
It will comprise two sessions of talks and discussions on Humanitarian Engineering, the challenges faced by engineers globally, and approaches that offer sustainable solutions.
Attendance free – registration via https://humanitarianengineeringchallenges01.eventbrite.co.uk
Meet our Alumna: Kati Kamm
After finishing my Master in Humanitarian Engineering with Management, I took on an internship at the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt in my home town Munich, Germany. There, I mainly support "RESPOND", an accelerator program promoting responsible leadership and sustainable business models.
I am happy to have found the perfect opportunity to combine my skills and passion: Sustainability, Business and Innovation.
I have now experienced that the Management track of the MSc Humanitarian Engineering was an excellent preparation for the tasks I am engaging with now:
It complemented the experiences of my B.A. in Sociology, Politics and Economics with technical and scientific knowledge on sustainability. But it also added the experience of working in small international teams, discussing problems from interdisciplinary perspectives as well as being taught by people from various sectors and backgrounds - these come to me as a huge asset in my professional work life.
I am now looking forward to pursue a career in an international work environment with inspiring people that share my passion for contributing towards a sustainable future for all!
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Meet our Current Student & Shared Commonwealth Scholarship Recipient: Yahaya Abdulai
Crises in humanitarian nature has increasingly become a global issue threatening the health of communities, affecting global peace, and causing economic instability of nations. Witnessing the gravity of harm caused by humanitarian challenges, particularly in Africa where I come from and have lived all my life till now motivated me to apply for the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship, to study the MSc Humanitarian Engineering which is suitably tied in with the Commonwealth theme Strengthening Global Peace, Security, and Governance at the University of Warwick. This is to enable me to acquire innovative and competitive knowledge offered by this chosen Humanitarian Engineering Programme on the mechanisms generating these crises and to contribute immensely in finding solutions to the recent complex humanitarian crises.
I hold a bachelor's degree in Fire and Disaster Management from the University of Energy and Natural Resources-Ghana, a Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety from the Institute for Professional and Executive Development in the UK, an Executive Certificate in Emergency Response Management from Global Executive Health and Safety Management Consult in Ghana, Certificate in Fire Prevention and Practical Firefighting Demonstration from the Ghana National Fire Service, and Certificate in First Aid and Trauma Care from the Ghana National Ambulance Service. Also, before I applied for the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship, I worked as a Teaching and Research Assistant with the Department of Environmental Management, University of Energy and Natural Resources, Ghana from 2018 to 2020. I also worked as a Tutor and Regional Coordinator for the Institute for Professional and Executive Development, a UK professional tertiary institution in Ghana from 2017 to 2020. I have also been actively involved in social work and internships intended for the prosperity of human lives. I have worked with the Ghana National Fire Service for six months, a three-month internship with the National Disaster Management Organisation in Ghana, and has also joined the Ghana forestry commission volunteer group to promote afforestation projects in Ghana. Having study Fire and Disaster Management at the undergraduate level and with my relevant qualifications and work experience, I decided to continue to build up my knowledge in the humanitarian field to find solutions to the complex humanitarian crises facing the world today, hence my reason for choosing this Humanitarian Engineering Programme.
My experience in the MSc Humanitarian Engineering programme at the University of Warwick has so far been unique and motivating. The programme challenges students' ability to think critically beyond the ordinary in finding innovative and engineering solutions to the modern trends of the increasing complex humanitarian crises. I, therefore, look forward to acquiring the needed competencies, competitive knowledge, and skills from this programme to help communities build resilience to disasters, promote global peace, and to achieve global economic stability. By this, I will be contributing towards enhancing and accomplishing the Sustainable Development Goals 1, 2, 3, 8, 11, and 16.
After the award of this scholarship, I look forward to utilizing my acquired knowledge, skills, and the broader perspective to work with disaster and emergency response institutions, particularly with the Ghana National Disaster Management Organization in making and fostering disaster and complex emergency decisions and policies to ensure quality humanitarian interventions, help communities build resilient to humanitarian crises, and to promote sustainable economic development globally. In the longer term, I plan to work in academia to train future generations to work in finding solutions to the emerging complex humanitarian challenges and to strengthen global peace, security, and governance.
School of Engineering Taught Master’s Scholarship - Closing Soon!
The School of Engineering will award a number of scholarships of £1000 to students commencing study on a postgraduate taught course in 2021. These awards are merit-based awards, available on a competitive basis and awarded as a bursary payment.
To apply, applicants should complete a scholarship application form by 12.00 GMT on Friday 16 April 2021.
The University offers other scholarships and awards. Search for funding and scholarships
Live Chat & Open Day
We have been holding monthly live chats for postgraduate applicants and enquirers to find out more about our courses and have their questions answered by staff and current students from the Humanitarian Engineering programme.
Our next live chat is on Wednesday 21 January at 11.00 GMT
To find out more and book, please visit: https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/eng/livechat/
Virtual Open Day
Our next Postgraduate Virtual Open Day will take place on Saturday 24 April 2021. At this event you’ll have the opportunity to attend a presentation about our courses, as well as explore our campus and find out about accommodation, open spaces and learning facilities. Bookings will open at the end of March, but you can register your interest now.
Commonwealth Shared Scholarship 2021
Commonwealth Shared Scholarship applications are now open for 2021 entry!
For more information and to apply, please visit this website.
Applications will close 09 April 2021 at 16:00 (GMT).
Applications to the School of Engineering Taught Masters Scholarship Scheme 2021 are now open!
For 2021 entry the School of Engineering intend to award up to five scholarships for the most outstanding taught MSc candidates. Applicants will be judged on merit and past academic achievements.
Warwick ranked 4th in the UK for sustainability
Sustainability at Warwick Webinar
Our Programme Director Professor Georgia Kremmyda spoke about ‘the role of engineers is embracing sustainability in construction, research, teaching and learning' during this live event.
Registration now Open for INWES
This year we’re excited to be hosting the 18th International Conference of Women Engineers & Scientists in September.
The conference, usually held every 3 years, is the world’s largest symposium for women scientists and engineers and will attract over 500 international delegates.
Register now: https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/eng/icwes18
Please note that early bird registration will be available until 30 April 2021, and regular registration will be available until 15 August 2021.
Discounted fees are available for members of INWES, students and visitors from developing countries (INWES members will need the promotional code sent to you by INWES in order to obtain the discount).
Congratulations to our Programme Director Professor Georgia Kremmyda
We are delighted to announce that our Programme Director Professor Georgia Kremmyda has been elected Vice President of the International Network of Women Engineers and Scientists (INWES) for 2021-2023. In particular, Georgia will look after the INWES Conferences portfolio including the triennial international conferences (ICWES18 taking place at Warwick/UK on 1-3 September 2021; ICWES19 taking place in New Zealand in 2023 and ICWES20 host TBC for 2026), all annual/biennial regional conferences and the annual Asia Pacific Nation Network conference.
Georgia is the Chair of the upcoming 18th International Conference for Women Engineers and Scientists (ICWES18) 1-4 September 2021, where engineers and scientists from all over the world will be joining together to discuss topics within the conference theme of global humanitarian challenges, including renewable energy, sustainable cities, climate change, global health, gender and STEM.
It will provide an unrivalled opportunity to network with colleagues in business, academia and government to tackle the keys issues facing society in the 21st century. The conference will also focus on the role of education and training of women in tackling societal challenges, and we have several inspirational speakers already committed to supporting what promises to be a truly international conference.
Meet our Alumna: Zara Mujib
I have just completed an enriching course in Humanitarian Engineering with Management, with modules from various departments, making it one of the few truly multidisciplinary courses out there. I recently joined the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC), a standard-setting organisation for the jewellery and watch industry, in September 2020. In my role as the Certification Assistant Manager, my time is divided between reviewing members’ audit reports (to have them certified against our standards) and a multitude of other projects including data analysis and governance, digital transformation, service efficiency, etc.
My MSc is helping me every step of the way in this new role. The content and context of the course has allowed me to engage in high-level organisation-wide projects that involve setting the goals and KPIs of the organisation. And, hence, I have been able to recommend ideas (some of which I came across during my degree) that will further sustainable growth within the sector. One specific example is the development of RJC’s very first Theory of Change that will guide us to follow a path where we help our members achieve long-lasting and meaningful change – rather than simply engaging in a tick box exercise of getting certified. I was able to contribute to this project thanks to my MSc module ‘Sustainable Operations and Humanitarian Supply Chains’ that taught us practical tools such as the Theory of Change (amongst many others) that we can utilise in our day to day work. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are another link that form a bridge between my course and my current place of work. The SDGs formed the edifice for my MSc course and is, therefore, helping me contribute to aligning RJC’s standards against them, as well as suggesting improvements to our standards based on the knowledge I gained in modules covering human rights, environmental and water issues, etc. The work RJC does is centred around promoting sustainable practices: the timing of this new course could not have been better. The broad and practical outlook of this course has made me better equipped to positively contribute towards the multitude of issues that our world is facing.
Meet our Current Student & Scholarship Recipient: Samir Streatfield
My name is Samir Streatfield, and I am currently studying for an MSc in Humanitarian Engineering. I graduated from West Point, the United States’ equivalent of Sandhurst, in 2019. Following a year training as an Engineer Officer, I applied to the University of Warwick on a Fulbright Scholarship and was fortunate enough to be accepted. I was inspired to study Humanitarian Engineering by my English grandparents, who told me stories of heavy bombing during World War II, and the difficulty of post-war reconstruction. Years later, my training as an Army Engineer and several impactful meetings with landmine victims highlighted the trauma that my grandparents endured, inspiring me to study Humanitarian Engineering.
I hope to use this degree to turn the skills I am learning in the U.S. Army towards a peaceful and constructive purpose. Despite the necessary Coronavirus restrictions, I love the extent to which this program allows me to connect with my peers, who possess a remarkable array of talents and diverse experiences. I look forward to further exposure and education in post-conflict related fields, including water security, sustainable buildings, and post-conflict reconstruction. I plan to focus my individual research on the partnering of military and civilian agencies in the removal of landmines and unexploded ordinance. Depending on what resources I can secure from the Fulbright program and the US Army, I may focus on either Eastern Europe or Southeast Asia. After this year of study, I will return to the US to resume my duties as an Engineer Officer. I hope that this degree will leave me better equipped to deal with humanitarian crises and able to provide humanitarian expertise and linkages within the U.S. military.
Postgraduate Taught (MSc) Live Chat
Chat directly with University admissions staff, key academics and student ambassadors to get your questions about our MSc Humanitarian Engineering programme answered.
Register for the event here.
Sustainability at Warwick Webinar: 21 January 2021
Explore sustainability on campus, how engineers will be taught sustainable construction in the future and the vision of the newly approved Science Precinct. Sign up now for the webinar with speakers including Stuart Croft, Vice Chancellor, special alumni guest, Jonny Wates, Christine Ennew, Provost and Professor Georgia Kremmyda, our MSc Humanitarian Engineering Programme Director.
2021 Victorian Government John Monash Scholar Announced
Jess Coldrey has been announced as the 2021 Victorian Government John Monash Scholar who intends to pursue an MSc in Humanitarian Engineering with Management next academic year. The scholarship and programme highlight were announced by The Australian, one of the most prominent newspapers in Australia. We'd like to extend a warm congratulations to Jess and look forward to welcoming her to Warwick!
Warwick Awards for Teaching Excellence
The Warwick Awards for Teaching Excellence recognise innovative teaching practice and outstanding learning support across the University of Warwick.
A warm congratulations to Dr Bo Kelestyn, Senior Teaching Fellow and Director of Student Experience for Chemistry on her WATE and Butterworth Memorial Award. Bo teaches across various departments at Warwick and has co-designed a new module for the 2020 Humanitarian Engineering programme; IL924 Design Thinking for Social Impact. Read Bo's inspiring interview about teaching, here.
We'd also like to congratulate Associate Professor, Dr Elena Riva, who is the module convener for IL911 Water and Environmental Management and Director of Studies at the Institute for Advanced Teaching and Learning on her second WATE! Click here to enjoy an interview with Elena about her teaching philosophy.
Student Spotlight: Lewis Mitchell
Having previously studied history at Warwick, I found out about the Humanitarian Engineering course through passionate staff and students on campus. What attracted me to the Masters was the freedom to specialise in areas that appealed to me, so I decided to dedicate the majority of my assignments around sport.
This has allowed me to increase my job prospects as I’ve always wanted to work within the sports industry and the course was able to provide me with the skills required for that. The final dissertation project also allowed me to connect with organisations within the world of sport sustainability and consequently increase my network.
As a result, I have been fortunate enough to work with a number of Premier League football clubs and develop a thesis analysing their ecological footprint. Studying Humanitarian Engineering here at Warwick has prepared me for my future and without it, I believe I would not have just landed my first job at Welsh Cycling! In the future I hope to continue working within the sports industry and I’m excited to build a career within sport sustainability.
Lewis Mitchell, MSc Humanitarian Engineering with Management student.
Join us for a free online preview of ICWES18!
As a precursor to the 18th International Conference of Women Engineers & Scientists, we are hosting an exclusive online preview this September. Monday 14 September, 13:00-15:00 BST.
Register here: https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/eng/icwes18/schedule/onlinetasterevent2020