E4-S6 Engineering for peace: the career and research of Dr. Mira Olson

Summary & Key Takeways

If you think that engineers and STEM students overlook the social, cultural and environmental impact at their work, let me prove you wrong. In the latest episode, learn from Dr. Mira Olson, who has had a remarkable career to date. She is an engineering professor, talented researcher, teacher and advisor, mother of 3, musician and also co-founder of the newly established and super cutting-edge Peace Engineering Program at Drexel University (note this program does occasionally recruit/advertise for students via PCDN).

In Episode 4 of Season 6, hear about Dr. Olson's impressive  life, education, research, and how she is changing the world with her work at the Peace Engineering program.

To hear the episode click here.

Why are engineers learning about the fundamentals of peacebuilding and qualitative methods in addition to their in-depth mathematical & scientific training?  For the 21st century we need professionals who are strong in both hard & soft skills, and able to work effectively across sectors to  generate positive social change in the world.

Check out previous seasons & episodes of our Award-Winning Social Change Career Podcast.

Key Links:

Drexel University

Masters in Peace Engineering at Drexel University


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