Olivier Patrick Lefebvre
I teach environmental engineering and it is a wonderful yet difficult task because the field is at the frontier of physics, chemistry, biology and engineering. My role and duty as an environmental teacher is to take out the complexity of the task and open my students' mind to the beauty of this field, to make them understand how the history and evolution of life over billions of year have shaped the world into what it is today and how important it is to preserve it for the next generations. It is also my duty to remind them how our intelligence and development can either be a threat to our future or the solution to protect it. As an engineer/scientist, I believe that the preservation of our environment is the most important issue of the XXIst century. As an educator, it is therefore essential that I adequately train my students so that they are in the best position to tackle this challenge. At the end of the day, my students should be skilled engineers, as well as good citizens, aware of the environmental processes of the world and capable to carry out the right message to the community through their personal and professional actions.