Sustainable Development

In its statement of public policies and priorities, the American Association of Engineering Societies (AAES) officially endorsed the notion of sustainable development, which has been defined as ''meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs'' [12.18]. It is further stated that ''engineers will play a critical role in sustainable development and must acquire the skills, knowledge, and information that are the stepping stones to a sustainable future.''

Preserving our resources and our environment are key aspects of sustainable development. Because, as suggested earlier, engineers are and will continue to be deeply involved in such development projects, it is critical that systems engineering be expanded, wherever necessary, to specifically accommodate the principles and practices of sustainable development. As articulated in a position paper from the AAES, ''engineers must work with others to adapt existing technologies and create and disseminate new technologies that will facilitate the practice of sustainable engineering and meet societal needs'' [12.19]. This unmistakable trend should influence the way projects and systems engineering teams are deployed and managed. Moreover, it is likely that ultimately, the elements of systems engineering will be modified so as to place more emphasis on assuring sustainable development, explicitly including sustainable technologies and processes.

Project Management Made Easy

Project Management Made Easy

What you need to know about… Project Management Made Easy! Project management consists of more than just a large building project and can encompass small projects as well. No matter what the size of your project, you need to have some sort of project management. How you manage your project has everything to do with its outcome.

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