On October 16, 2017, the second report of the "NAE-GCSP" Seminar hosted by School of General Engineering (SGE) of Beihang University (BUAA) was held in Room B506, New Main Building. The keynote speaker for this report was Prof. Bindiganavalel Ramakrishna. Nearly 100 teachers and students from Beihang University and Peking University participated in this report.
Differences between Science and Engineering
Prof. Ramakrishna first addressed the opinion that everyone might become an engineer by talking about the differences between science and engineering. Prof. Ramakrishna subsequently raised questions and actively interacted with the participants, who expressed their own views on the issue. He said, “Scientists discover the nature of the world while engineers invent things that never existed before”. Engineers need to go deep into all fields of society, take the actual needs of society as their research direction and become the leading leaders.
The responsibility of engineers is to be the leader in transforming the world
"Can we predict the greatest invention of the 21st century? Is this a good question?" Prof. Bindiganavalel Ramakrishna asked. The professor pointed out in his report that the greatest invention of this century cannot be predicted, but engineers are the leaders in transforming the world. It is their responsibility to transform the world.
The mission of an engineer in the wave of history
Professors told the audience about the four elements that keep life on Earth alive: sustainability, health, security and the joy of living. "Great engineers in the 21st century need to remember their mission" said Prof. Ramakrishna, "We should think about our hometown, what our motherland needs, why we want to become an engineer and other questions during the four years in university."
At the end of the report, he pointed out that although different countries have different national conditions, the major directions are the same. Students should improve their overall quality, assume social responsibilities and become excellent engineers. The report came to a successful conclusion with warm applause.
The first international scale academic seminar hosted by SGE – "NAE-GCSP" marks the convergence of SGE with the international education model, enhances the internationalization of SGE and strengthens the friendly exchanges between SGE and even Beihang University and international experts. It opened up the international perspective of students, which laid a good foundation for later teaching activities and student training programs. Our school will actively absorb the thought and experience of the conference and integrate it into daily administration routines, so that our school can become truly international, centered around the goal of "Double First Class" and take the first step in making Beihang University a first-class university in the world.