In 2004, the National Academy of Engineering published “The Engineer of 2020: Visions of Engineering in the New Century” which urged the engineering profession to recognize what engineers can build for the future through not just technical jobs but also a wide range of leadership roles in industry, government, and academia.
It’s now 2020. Where do we go from here?
Join us as we explore positioning engineering education in preparing the next generation of engineers – the “Engineers of the 2030s”. Our visioning process involves holding a set of multi-phase events before, during, and after the 2020 ASEE Annual Conference designed for systematically developing the “Engineers of the 2030s” framework:
• Phase I: An invitational online forum held in February 2020 where appointed delegates from all interested ASEE divisions and committees will join the Interdivisional Town Hall Planning Committee to determine the proper scope of this conversation. Our goal is to identify topics of interest pertaining to the overall theme.
• Phase II: A Virtual Conference open to all ASEE members held in April 2020 where we will provide an opportunity for all interested individuals to contribute to the dialogue surrounding the topics identified during Phase I.
• Phase III: The Interdivisional Town Hall Meeting held during the 2020 ASEE Annual Conference in Montreal will open with brief statements pertaining to the chosen topics and proceed directly to a set of hands-on, parallel breakout sessions for sharing suggestions and generating ideas designed to focus the discussions generated during Phase II into proposed lists of actionable items.
• Phase IV: Individuals identified during the Virtual Conference and Town Hall will be asked to apply their skills, knowledge, and expertise to the Phase III results in crafting deliverables for guiding future efforts in support of the Engineers of the 2030s initiative. These deliverables will be shared with the ASEE membership and also provided to the National Academy of Engineering.
The Interdivisional Town Hall has been an exciting way for us to un-silo our communities and work together across the entire ASEE membership in advancing engineering education. Please join us this year to share your thoughts and ideas!
Interdivisional Town Hall Meeting Planning Committee
John K. Estell