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Twitter Chat September 10th 8 pm ET – What does engineering have to do with changing the world?

Hello Twitter enthusiasts and Big Beacon community members, Come join me, Erica Lee Garcia, for this week’s twitter chat about engineers acting as change agents in the world.

Engineers Without Borders Canada has a decade and a half experience of effecting change via a student-powered movement. They work to end global poverty and inequity by investing in ventures that drive ‘systems change’ both in Canada and Africa.  They also have a nationwide network of more than 24,000 students and professionals who support their ventures and programs.

This week’s Twitter chat starts at its normal time 8 p.m. ET on #BigBeacon and we’re trying something a little bit different – from 8 till 830 p.m. the regular Twitter chat will be accompanied by a live Google hangout, where I’ll be interviewing special guest Alan Ham from Engineers Without Borders Canada.  We will be discussing that organization’s 14-year history in leveraging change through university students and professionals, and you can follow along.

Big Beacon is inspiring the creation of a Whole New Engineer via a movement to drive change within engineering education.  What similarities does the Whole New Engineer movement bear to Engineers Without Borders’ progress to date?  What are key changes?   How do we most effectively engage students?  How can engineering students broaden beyond their normal engineering & science classes into broader global issues?

We are really excited to hear insights from running a student powered movement.   We would be really excited to have you join us and interact with the Big Beacon moderators.

Join us on Twitter at 8 pm EST tomorrow Wednesday Sept 10th, look for #BigBeacon.

A Canadian professional engineer with a background in manufacturing and mining, Erica is passionate about creating a better future through Six Sigma, Lean/Kaizen Events, mentorship, coaching, sustainability, educational reform and talking to kids about engineering.

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