JIE commits to being agent of change
THE Jamaica Institution of Engineers (JIE) has declared its commitment to being an agent of change and to do their part to help Jamaica overcome the challenges being faced and grow the economy.
According to the President Dr Noel Brown, the JIE's cadre of "highly skilled and competent engineers" are well-placed to help overcome "the challenges which strongly influence our ability to grow and develop including the high cost of imported fuel, the cost of energy, crime and violence, a shrinking productive sector and the brain drain."
The JIE celebrates its annual Engineers' Week from September 21 to 28 under the theme 'Engineering Change' and Dr Brown says that "today, engineering change is imperative as we try to resuscitate our economy and get back on a path
"We need to change how we think and be innovative. If thinking is not part of the short-term strategies our long-term plans are unachievable and the establishment of an International Logistics Hub and Jamaica's 2030 Vision would be nothing but pipe dreams," Dr Brown declared.
JIE Engineers' Week 2014 begins with a church service at Holy Rosary Catholic Church on Sunday followed by three days of conference at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St Andrew. Topics to be discussed will include electricity and loss prevention, alternative energy technology, climate change adaptation and infrastructure development.
The popular Bridge Building Competition, in which bridges are built by teams of students from the University of Technology using fudge sticks, then tested for strength by placement of lead weights, will be held on September 23 and conference participants will visit the largest hydro power facility in Jamaica on September 27.
The week culminates with the 'Race for Hope' event at Hope Zoo on September 28.