ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP - CLASS OF 2018
United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship. In the three months the application was open in 2018, students applied to join the Class of 2018 on 285 campuses across 57 nations. 30 campuses worldwide (just 11%) were selected to host the 402 Millennium Fellows in the global pilot this year.
The Class of 2018 is bold, innovative, and inclusive. During the Millennium Fellowship, Millennium Fellows' dedicated 48,785 hours and their 214 unique projects positively impacted the lives of 393,449 people worldwide.
UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT GIANLUCA MENNUTI, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2018.
Northeastern University | Massachusetts, United States | Advancing SDG 16 & UNAI 10
" Within the realm of engineering, many individuals often overlook the global and social impacts of their work. Becoming a Millennium Fellow has given me the unique opportunity to change the way people think about engineering, and hopefully make the world a better place. "
Millennium Fellowship Project: Ethics in Engineering Speaker Series at Northeastern University
Despite the fact that Northeastern is home to one of the most prestigious engineering colleges in the United States, students within the college have very little exposure to the ethics of their field of study. Considering a typical mechanical engineer, for example, merely 1 out of the 69 required engineering credit hours are devoted solely to ethics. Considering the immense global impact that engineers can have in the modern era, this is unacceptable, but it is also unreasonable to expect the university to discontinue some classes to make room for ethics classes.
Thus, the concept of an Ethics in Engineering Speaker Series was born. After having partnered with several other interested students, my team and I have drafted an attainable speaker series concept to bring the ethical conversation back to campus. The plan is to partner the series with the freshman general engineering seminar class (known as GE 1000). These classes often feature speaker series within their curriculum, and attendance is used in calculating students' grades. Additionally, since they are merely seminar classes, they are most likely to allow for a more malleable curriculum.
Currently, my project is still in the early stages of networking and development, since I believe that in order for any project to be successful, there must exist a strong group of officers willing to commit time and energy into advancing the project. This is especially critical for my project since having a widespread network would grant us access to more professors who would ultimately be the speakers in our series. In time, our intentions are to grow a network of students (in progress), grow a network of professors, pitch the idea to the College of Engineering and partner with GE 1000 to bring the speaker series to campus.
About the Millennium Fellow
I am a second-generation Italian-American whose character has been shaped by instilled values of hard work, commitment to family, and moral responsibility. As a sophomore studying Mechanical Engineering, I always knew that my eventual line of work would impact the greater society around me, but my entire perspective has changed since this past June, during which I spent a month studying abroad at the UN Office in Geneva. With emerging technologies such as lethal autonomous weapons systems, engineers have incredible potential to shift the global balance of power, and as such must consider the consequences of the work they do.