An Engineering Perspective on Climate Change

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Islington Golf Club

45 Riverbank Drive

Toronto, ON M9A 5B8

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What does the science really say about climate change? How can we account for future weather in our designs? Does this trigger any responsibilities for our profession? What are the economic opportunities and challenges? Come hear about climate science told from an engineering perspective, hear the latest scientific findings, and have your questions answered. Skeptics and environmentalists alike can get a sharper understanding of the where the line is currently drawn between science and speculation. You will also learn what we as engineers can do about it, at the technical, regulatory, and political levels.

An increasing number of engineers are being asked to design adaptations for the changing climate, and to recommend mitigation measures to reduce carbon pollution. All fields of engineering are affected. The Ontario power grid is being modified by political mandate; civil engineers are being asked to design for more extreme floods; automotive engineers are wondering about future competition from electrical vehicles; agricultural engineers are being asked about heat tolerant crops. Whether you believe in the science or not, your customers will be asking you questions. You want to be prepared with answers. If you work on machines that produce, consume, or monitor energy, or if your products are used in the water, agriculture, forestry or health care industries, or if you are concerned about engineering jobs and the future of our economy, then this presentation is for you. This presentation is two hours long and is rated R for frightening scenes and disturbing content.

Speaker: Yannick Trottier, P.Eng.

Mr. Yannick Trottier holds a degree from MIT in aerospace engineering, and completed a twelve-week MIT class on climate science. He was a co-founder of Spectral Applied Research, a high-technology startup that built the MOST space telescope and operated a LIDAR ozone observatory in the Arctic. Spectral was sold to Oxford Instruments in 2013. Mr. Trottier also worked on nuclear reactors for 9 years before committing himself to the climate change cause. Through the Climate Reality Project, Mr. Trottier has given presentations to Chinese universities, chapters of PEO, and other professional groups across Canada.

This free event is open to members and guests of any PEO Chapter.

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