Dean Roberts Meets with Local Sustainability Leaders

Dean Roberts Meets with Local Sustainability Leaders

Chell Roberts, inaugural dean of the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, was the featured speaker at the Cleantech San Diego Leadership Series Dinner on Feb. 19. Cohosted by SDG&E, the event included a lively discussion with key industry leaders on best practices for teaching sustainability and engineering at the undergraduate level.

Beginning in fall 2015, the School of Engineering will add a specialization in sustainability to its educational curriculum, where students in many different disciplines can learn and prototype sustainable solutions. The curriculum will provide hands-on training for engineering students to focus on energy, water, sustainable design, and green materials and processes. Students will work collaboratively to develop sustainable materials, learn methods for green processing and gain a holistic understanding on how to reduce energy consumption, including electricity and water use. Working with faculty and industry partners, students will create innovative designs and practices to build a greener community and more sustainable future.

Dean Roberts stated, “The City of San Diego has become a leader in clean-tech employment. It’s important for me to hear from industry leaders so we can train our students to be competitive in this new market.”

The Cleantech San Diego Leadership Series introduces and educates policy makers and regulators on the region’s cleantech industry and its leaders. This monthly series provides an intimate forum for Cleantech San Diego member companies to directly address policy issues they’re facing in the marketplace with local, state, and federal officials. The program serves to advance the interests of the cleantech industry while helping to frame the policies that govern their businesses.