The Engineering a Safer World Competition will bring together diverse multidisciplinary teams of graduate and undergraduate students from different disciplines to tackle system safety problems for accident and injury prevention. The competition aims to recognize and celebrate safety advances. It is based on the deep belief that multi-disciplinary collaboration on accident prevention and safety issues can be exciting and meaningful, and that students can make a real difference in advancing safety and reducing the burden of injuries.
New analyses, insights, and creative solutions are sought for the accident and injury prevention themes in the competition, and they will be evaluated by a panel of experts based on their potential to meaningfully inform and advance solutions to these safety problems.
The importance of multidisciplinary approaches to safety and accident prevention
There are different communities that deal with safety issues and accident prevention: engineers from different academic backgrounds, epidemiologists, public health professionals, behavioral scientists, regulators, educators, and others in the safety value chain. They all share a common safety agenda:
To engineer safer systems, to reduce the burden of injury, and make the word a safer place, in the workplace, during commute, at home, or elsewhere through better design (technical, organizational, regulatory), operation, and education.
Having opportunities for dialog and collaboration between the different communities that deal with accident and injury prevention issues can be significantly effective in advancing this common safety agenda. The competition is meant to be one such opportunity for students. The following advantages are recognized:
- A multidisciplinary dialog between different communities will enrich the safety perspectives of everyone.
- A multidisciplinary team tackling accident and injury prevention problems will generate deeper insights into a safety problem, a broader set of candidate solutions, and more effective safety interventions than “monolithic” groups.
The competition recognizes the central role of college students from all backgrounds and education in the safety value chain. It is based, as noted previously, on the deep belief that multi-disciplinary collaboration on accident prevention and safety issues can be exciting and meaningful, and that students can make a real difference in advancing this shared safety agenda.