A German researcher has demystified the roles of future engineers that will hasten the realization of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Dr. Eng. Sören Müller has set his sights on guiding aspiring engineers to fruitful careers, while challenging them to play leading roles in driving the development agenda around the globe.
Dr. Müller visited the University Tuesday, November 23, 2021, on a philanthropic initiative to share his experiences as a metallic and extrusion processes expert working as the Head of the Chair of Metallic Materials at the Research and Development Center based in Technical University of Berlin, Germany.
Dr. Müller delivered an in-depth lecture titled; How future engineers can contribute to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to fifth year students pursuing BSc Mechanical Engineering and BSc. Mechatronic Engineering.
In his presentation, Dr. Müller explained how engineers can leverage on their skills to make an impact in four specific SDGs namely, SDG 3: Good health and well-being, SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy, SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure and SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production.
Borrowing from his experiences as a metallic and extrusion processes expert, Dr. Müller pointed out that if engineers can leverage their expertise in 3 key areas namely, light weight, energy and medical applications, their research projects will be key in solving global problems.
Under medical application, he revealed that researchers have made a breakthrough in the field by using wires and tubes made from a magnesium alloy as biodegradable implants.
He explained that biodegradable implants can help patients do away with the second procedures whereby, conventional implants need to be removed after the patient has healed. He further explained that the implants can be absorbed into the body.
On light weight application, Dr. Müller was resolute that car crash management systems can be redefined by investigating different alloys which he said, will reduce the amount of material used without compromising on key mechanical properties.
While interacting with staff and students, Dr. Müller expressed his desire to foster institutional collaborations as well as student exchange programmes.