Assoc.Prof. Dr. Murat Sönmez
Middle East Technical University Northern Cyprus Campus
Güzelyurt /TRNC Mersin Turkey
Keynote Title: The role of academics for engineers to enable them to fulfill their expected roles in sustainable development
Abstract: The adverse environmental impact of global warming has been accepted by the scientific community. Equally well documented is the catalyzing effect of fossil fuel consumption on global warming through greenhouse gas emissions. The focus of scientific and engineering research has inevitably drifted from achieving high output at any energy cost to accomplishing required work with minimum energy consumption. Large international companies have embraced “going green”, not only due to the positive public image repercussions of being environmentally friendly but also competitive advantages from reduced manufacturing costs. Nowadays, it is a very important and widespread mission to achieve organizational objectives at minimum energy, material, and water consumption and correspondingly at minimum cost, by supplying energy at the lowest available price, managing energy consumption at peak efficiency, and utilizing the most appropriate technology, finding the optimum shape and size for a product for having a sustainable world. After having national and international decisions and policies of country executives, engineers find their roles again at the conceptual design, detailed design, manufacturing, and maintenance stages. This article highlights that a sustainable world requires welleducated engineers with fresh ideas, analytical approaches, interdisciplinary research and development skills, and subjects not only the role of engineers but also that of academics in sustainable development.
Key Words: Sustainable development, Engineering education
Bio: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Murat Sönmez, , was born in Ankara, Turkey, in 1959. He received his PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering from Middle East Technical University (METU), in 1995. He worked as a research engineer, a teaching assistant and then an instructor for METU (Ankara Campus) between 1981- 2007. Currently, he is a full-time faculty member in the
Mechanical Engineering Program at METU Northern Cyprus Campus. His main research interests include energy saving, energy management, technical education, computer aided design and manufacturing. He is editor in chief of World Journal of Environmental Research, member of Research and Publication Ethics Committee of METU NCC, and one of the members of the editorial board of the Science PG- Educational Journal. He is also one of thepeer reviewers of Science PG- American Journal of Energy Engineering, and that of British Educational Research Journal