- The student is able to reformulate ill-structured research/design problems, taking into account the system boundaries in this and is able to integrate the new interpretation of involved parties;
- The student chooses the appropriate level of abstraction in problem (re)formulation, given the process stage of the research/design;
- The student is able and has the attitude to, where necessary, draw upon other disciplines than their own in their research/design;
- The student has a systematic approach, characterised by the development and integration of theories, models and interpretations from different disciplines;
- The student is able to analyse, communicate and discuss, both verbally and in writing, about research, solutions to problems and societal consequences (e.g. economic, social, cultural) with colleagues, non-colleagues and other involved parties across disciplines;
- The student is able to perform challenge-based work on so-called 'wicked' problems, is pragmatic and has a sense of responsibility, is able to deal with limited sources, is able to deal with risks, and is able to compromise;
- The student is able to work within a multidisciplinary team;
- The student is able to analyse and discuss the ethical and normative aspects of the consequences and assumptions of scientific thinking and acting with colleagues and non-colleagues (both in research and in design) and integrates these ethical and normative aspects into scientific work.
Maximising sustainability in technological developments is an overwhelmingly important challenge for present and future engineers. While we can be “behind schedule” now, in 2050, when the present students are in leading positions, solutions must be found and implemented. But technological solutions also have societal, ethical, and environmental aspects when implemented in society.|
This Master Honours track aims to approach the development and implementation of sustainable technology in a multidisciplinary manner, with an emphasis on energy, materials and ethics. Multidisciplinary groups of 5 to 8 students, preferably from at least two of the three participating TUs (Twente, Delft, Eindhoven) will be formed. Each group chooses a topic that is related to developments in technology aiming at increasing sustainability in society. The members of each group are Master students from different disciplines, in order to approach the chosen topic in a multidisciplinary manner. In the project, the students should consider ethics, energy, and materials in an integrated manner. The group is free to choose its topic, with the following boundary conditions:
Course in collaboration with the 4TU network and the technical universities of Delft and Eindhoven.
- the topic has substantial technological aspects;
- the topic has substantial societal and ethical aspects;
- the topic addresses a distinct sustainability problem and envisions concrete improvement after further technological development and societal implementation;
- the topic relates to the Green Deal of the European Union (see https://ec.europa.eu/info/strategy/priorities-2019-2024/european-green-deal_en). Sustainable technology is to be developed for the application of energy and resources and for the protection of climate and environment while maintaining economic activity and human welfare.