power in numbers
If you have read through some of the Transition Engineering background materials, then you know we are proposing that a change throughout all engineering professions in the way we frame the requirements for all of our work is quite possibly the key to finding a climate safe pathway. You will also know that we use the model of how safety engineering grew from a few simple yet radical ideas in 1911 into the responsible way to do our work today. This change in engineering practice will be the most important and effective climate action possible.
Any engineer, whether a student, teacher or veteran, is welcome to join the movement. The more people we have on-board, the more voice we have to change how industrial society works. The people who make it work now are the only ones who can change everything to work in the way of the future.
At this point, joining GATE and trying out the approach and working with other Transitioneers to discover new disruptive ideas and to work on shift projects, is the most important thing you can do for the planet, society and your own future.
Associate Membership is open to anyone who wants to support the movement in transition.
In the future we will be certifying university and professional training programs. We will also be setting up expert qualifications and advanced memberships to engineers who become more practiced at change. AS the demand grows for Transition Engineering, these experienced practitioners will become important in leading teams and generating new ideas.
Jeremy Pascal, One of the First 100 Members of GATE
Jeremy has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and worked for a number of years in Building Services Engineering. He has been frustrated at how new buildings are not really considering the long term, even in his native France where buildings are often hundreds of years old. Jeremy was instrumental in the Transition Grenoble Metropole project. He is currently living in Grenoble and working with communities on building new kinds of sustainable and resilient communities as colonies within existing car-dominated cities.
Minni Gorthy, One of the First 100 Members of GATE
Minni has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in Materials Engineering. Minni has worked on carbon nanotubes and most recently on antimicrobial materials. Minni has helped with the organisation of the GATE International Conferences and participates in the explorations of shift projects, including the famous BigDO Matrix Game.
Johann Land, One of the First 100 GATE Members
Johann has a Masters in Chemical and Process Engineering focusing on electrochemistry for batteries and fuel cells and hydrogen. However, in 2015, he attended a course on Transition Engineering and discovered the problem of energy myths. He has gone on to work on a PhD in processing for ceramic coating materials and has developed a way to make supported photo-catalystists. Like a lot of the first Transition Engineers, he works on something that looks like normal engineering, but also is directly involved in Transition Engineering work. Johann was part of the BigDO Matrix Game.
Fiona van Petegem, One of the First 100 Members of GATE
Fiona has a degree in Mechanical Engineering (from New Zealand) and a Masters in International Industrial Management (from Germany). Fiona has worked around the world for 20+ years in Product Development and Industrialisation and returned to New Zealand in 2018 to support New Zealand industry. Having become increasingly concerned about the life cycle of products being developed and manufactured, she saw the need for the adoption of and adaptation to the thinking presented by Transition Engineering and now consults to businesses interested in understanding their role in creating a sustainable future.