May 2017: The Teaching of Inclusive Engineering - Paper given at the IET/EPC Conference 'New Approaches to Engineering Higher Education', 22 May 2017
The engineering profession has come a long way since the industrial days when engineering meant making something that worked, and seeing if you could improve it to a point where it also made money. Nowadays engineering also includes the additional considerations requiring engineers to ensure that their products are safe, ethical, sustainable, free from cyber vulnerability, and – more recently - inclusive. Inclusive engineering is a relatively new discipline which requires engineers to have a competence which ensures that not only are teams made up of a diverse range of members, who bring with them the diversity of thought that we need – which evidence has shown leads to more profitable, more productive and more innovative business, but also to ensure that the engineering solutions that they produce are equally inclusive of all considerations and viewpoints. A growing body of evidence points to ways in which getting inclusivity right has produced solutions that are better and more acceptable to the customer, and lead to a safer and healthier working environment.