On June 18, 2020, it was announced that the instructional design team behind Polytechnique Montreal’s “Engineers and sustainable development” course have been awarded the Minister's Prize for Higher Education. The course works as a counterpart to the massive open online course (MOOC), “Sustainability in Practice”, which was collaboratively delivered by Engineers Canada and Polytechnique Montréal, and focuses on real-life case studies from across Canada to demonstrate the practical application of Engineers Canada’s 10 guidelines on sustainable development and environmental stewardship for engineers.
Both “Sustainability and Practice” and “Engineers and sustainable development” were designed by the same team: Professor Louise Millette, Director of the Department of Civil, Geological and Mining Engineering and Head of the Office of Sustainable Development; Jean-François Desgroseilliers, then Senior Advisor in Sustainable Development at Polytechnique; and Catherine Carré, advisor at the Office of Support and Educational Innovation (BAIP). This team also drew on the expertise of nearly twenty specialists, including a philosopher and a sociologist, which is in keeping with the interdisciplinary approaches to engineering that are growing in popularity in both education and industry.
In the press release [French], Millette commented that “the project reflects well the inclusive, multidisciplinary vision of sustainable development promoted by Polytechnique, as well as the central role of engineers in the emergence and implementation of sustainable solutions.”
Congratulations to Millette, Desgroseilliers, and Carré for their recognition in contributing to this important area of knowledge!