Portfolio Requirements

To be certified as a Global Engineer, your completed portfolio will include:

Transcript or other proof of course completion

Transcripts must indicate that the courses were successfully completed (success being a minimum B grade, or 75%). Please highlight the courses being submitted in fulfilment of your theoretical components.

Course syllabi for courses completed

Please include a copy of the syllabus(es) for the course that you are submitting as fulfillment of your discipline-specific course requirement.

Intro to Global Engineering essay

In 1500 words, identify a key trend related to Global Engineering that you think will impact modern society. Discuss the impact that you think that this trend will have on society over the next century, and how you think the engineering profession will interact with this trend as it evolves.

Essays should focus on following the trend’s progression over time providing the historical context that has led us to the current point in time, an overview of the current state we exist in, and a projection of where we are headed. Essays will be evaluated on the depth of thought and research offered in the chosen topic, focusing on learning outcomes 1 and 3.

Examples of trends you could discuss include:

  • Global climate change,
  • Ocean acidification,
  • Quantum computing,
  • The rise of middle-income countries, particularly Brazil, Russia, India, and China,
  • Utilization of alternative energy sources,
  • A topic of personal interest that relates to your understanding of global engineering

Discipline-specific reflection

For the discipline-specific course you completed, please write a 1-2 page (400 – 1000 words) reflection addressing the following questions from your perspective and experience.

Reflections will be evaluated based on the depth of thought, and are specifically related to learning outcomes 3 and 4.

  • What motivated you to enter into your chosen discipline? What experiences and values led you to choose that particular field of study?
  • How do you plan to apply the concepts of Global Engineering within your chosen discipline and future career?
  • What factors can you think of that might limit your ability to create a meaningful impact within your chosen discipline? How might you overcome those challenges?

Project documentation

Please submit a copy or section of your project that represents how your project utilized GE concepts. This could include a report or section of a larger report, poster presentation, or whatever other format your project takes on.

If your project does not easily fit into a portfolio, please contact the certificate administrator (eg. if your final submission consisted primarily of a piece of hardware with no substantive report or presentation affiliated with it). The project-based component of the certificate program is targeted at learning outcomes 2 and 4.

Experiential practice tracking

Please detail your roles and responsibilities from your 120 hours of experiential GE practice. This experience can come from your work or volunteer experience, but must be directly related to the application of topics discussed in the intro to GE course and the key learning objectives of the certificate program.

The full 120 hours does not have to come from a single organization or experience. In fact, having a diversity of experience is encouraged and will be beneficial in deepening your GE experience. However, only those hours that directly relate to the key learning outcomes should be counted towards the 120 hours of practical experience.

For example: if you spent a summer working at a company and were asked to spend one week examining sustainable sourcing practices the company could use for a particular material, but the rest of the work term would not be considered as working towards the GE learning outcomes, please only count those hours that were spent on GE related work.

The experiential GE practice may touch on all of the learning outcomes but should definitely have relevance to learning outcome 2.

Two (2) reference letters

In support of your experiential GE practice, you are required to submit two reference letters from referees at the organization(s) that you completed your experiential practice. At least one of these letters should come from an individual who was in a supervisory role relative to you, while the other letter can come from a supervisor, co-worker, or other source. The only overriding criteria is that both referees should have experience with the specific work you completed related to the GE learning outcomes.

Referees are asked to address three specific questions related to your work, which can be found in the sample letter to referees. Please provide your referees with a copy of this letter when you ask them for a reference, to ensure that they address the specific questions being asked of them.

Reference letters will be used to indicate the appropriateness of the practical experience hours as representative of work that falls within the GE realm. Reference letters will also be shared with applicants in their portfolio review and support the provision of feedback on portfolios to help applicants in their ongoing learning and growth.

Three (3) experiential GE practice reflections

The experiential GE practice is meant to challenge you to engage with the concepts covered throughout the GE certificate in the “real world”. In order to show us how that went, please write up three separate reflections of 1-2 pages (400 – 800 words), each addressing three of the five reflection questions provided below. Reflections will be evaluated based on the effective implementation and exploration of GE topics within a “real-world” context.

  • How has your relationship to leadership within groups and on projects changed over the course of your experience? Have the roles that you take within teams changed or been refined over the course of your engineering degree?
  • Describe a situation where you have had to work in an interdisciplinary space with different individuals approaching the same situation from very different lenses. How did you work in this situation? How was it different from more monodisciplinary situations you have been in?
  • Describe a situation where you felt that a solution was implemented that didn’t ultimately address the challenge from a long-term or globalized context.
    • An example might be being involved in a “dig and dump” site clean-up where contaminated soil was sent to a landfill instead of using more sustainable clean-up practices such as in-situ remediation. What were the main factors that led to the adoption of the solution that was adopted? How could the decision-making framework be changed to more holistically evaluate options and develop the most GE solution?
  • Identify a situation where the solution to a problem is technically simple but the situation is confounded by social factors.
    • An example might be the route selection for a new transit corridor where there is a clear technical, environmental, and feasibility option but which the local community is vehemently opposed to. How did you address this situation? Describe what you were able to do and what the ultimate outcome was.
  • Identify one task or process that you routinely engaged in during your practical experience that you think will change significantly in the next 10-20 years as a result of a global trend either in terms of human resources, technology, environmental constraints, or otherwise.
    • An example might be that the popularization of 3D printing will allow consultants to bid on projects by submitting a rough model that is “sent” to the client and printed in house. What do you think will be some of the implications of this change on other tasks and processes? How could this change be capitalized upon?