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Postgraduate: Engineering superheroes

Engineers need to be experts in their field to be effective contributors. Here Samantha Joseph looks at the examples of how environmental engineering — crucial in this day and age — requires engineers that are forward looking, well-educated and passionate. After all, our lives will depend on it.

The role of an environmental engineer is an interesting one in Malaysia right now. In a role that is responsible for maintaining the safety of society’s water, air and land resources, these engineers now find the green spotlight shining upon them, becoming increasingly brighter ever since the advent of the term ‘global warming’.

While the idea that environmental engineers are the type of superhero who use their skills and intellect to avert natural disasters and prevent the spread of malaria with a wave of their magical science-hands is one that most of us fondly cling to, the truth is a little bit more down to earth.