Competition Challenges Engineering Students to Solve Society’s Most Complex Problems
June 06, 2012
CH2M HILL partners with Engineers Without Borders Canada to launch scholarship competition
CH2M HILL, a global full-service consulting, design, construction, and operations firm, is pleased to announce a recent partnership with Engineers Without Borders Canada (EWB) to launch the CH2M HILL Global Engineering Scholarship Competition.
Scheduled to run September through December 2012, the Scholarship Competition will ask engineering students to create an interactive response to a question surrounding a complex engineering problem. The goal of the scholarship is to encourage future engineers to think outside the box and to look at holistic solutions. The final question will be revealed closer to the contest date.
Competition finalists will convene in December to present to a judging panel of civic and business leaders, who will award scholarships ranging from $2,500 to $5,000.
“Engineers and engineering have always played a significant role in solving some of the most critical issues facing our planet” says Tom Searle, President of CH2M HILL Canada. “Engineering is a great profession that has significantly advanced our society and will continue to improve our quality of life. We are very excited about this partnership to encourage our future leaders to start thinking outside the box.”
George Roter, CEO and Co-Founder of Engineers Without Borders Canada describes the partnership with CH2M HILL and the Global Engineering contest as "the beginning of a conversation in which the aspirations and perspectives of engineering students, stakeholders in their profession, will challenge the status-quo". George emphasizes "the turning point toward this systemic shift is when engineering students realize that they have the power to shape not only their profession, but also the world. This partnership is leading to that reality."
In its pilot year, the CH2M HILL Engineering Challenge will target western-Canadian post-secondary institutions with EWB chapters, including: University of Calgary, University of Edmonton, University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University. This challenge will rotate through other regions in future years.
Employee-owned CH2M HILL is a global leader in consulting, design, design-build, operations, and program management for government, civil, industrial and energy clients. The firm’s work is concentrated in the areas of water, transportation, environmental, energy, facilities and resources. CH2M HILL has 2,000+ staff in Canada and more than 30,000 employees globally. With US$6.4 billion in revenue, CH2M HILL is an industry-leading program management, construction management and design firm, as ranked by Engineering News-Record and named a leader in sustainable engineering by Verdantix. Visit us at www.ch2mhill.com, twitter.com/ch2mhill and facebook.com/ch2mhill.
Engineers Without Borders Canada is an organization of professional engineers, students, overseas volunteers and supporters across Canada who advocate for modern solutions to complex global challenges. In Africa, we invest in African organizations and entrepreneurs to identify and scale up practical, long-term solutions to poverty. In Canada, our 50,000 members engage citizens in conversations on how they can make decisions that better promote human development. To learn more about EWB, please visit www.ewb.ca.