Engineering Change Lab-USA (ECL-USA) is a catalyst for change within the engineering community, helping it reach its highest potential on behalf of society
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The following post was written by Andy Bochman, Grid Strategist-Infrastructure Defender for Idaho National Laboratory’s National & Homeland Security Directorate. Andy will serve as a provocateur at the March 19 Moving From Cyber Security to Cyber Resilience Summit.
Whatever primary hat you wear (engineer, attorney, cyber guru, standards writer, regulator, or end user), imagine for a moment the challenge of cybersecurity from the perspective of each of those other folks. You are familiar, I take it, with the parable of the elephant in the dark room, and how one’s impression of what animal it is depends on which part they encounter first as they feel their way around.
Speaking of elephants, as framed by the engineering standard of care, if one were designing a bridge capable of safely and reliably supporting the passage of up to 100 elephants at a time, the normal best practice thing to do is design and build it with a safety factor — let’s say a structural design and materials selected to support 140 standard elephants. Of course, we need to define whether we are talking African or Asian elephants, as there’s a not insignificant weight difference, with Africans often reaching seven tons and the Asian species topping out at a bit over five.
In other words, details matter. We must pay attention to how initial assumptions about users can be proved wrong by future shifts: in technology, regulation, user behavior, or weather patterns for that matter…. Read More
Engineering Equitable Communities Workshop Explores the Role of the Engineering Community in Creating More Just and Equitable Communities
Kyle Davy and Mike McMeekin
The history of engineering for urban development and infrastructure is commonly told as a story of progress, achievement, and positive contributions to society. There is, however, another part of that narrative that is often left out or glossed over — that is the story of how, on too many occasions, engineering work has also contributed to racial inequity and harm. Examples include efforts that helped give rise to segregated urban development patterns, routing of freeways that divided and devastated minority neighborhoods, siting of hazardous industrial and infrastructure facilities in low-income areas, and unequal access to clean water and sanitation infrastructure.
Engineering Change Lab – USA (ECL), launched its Engineering Equitable Communities (EEC) initiative to explore this more complete narrative and to pilot new practices and behaviors that engineering practitioners can adopt to prevent future inequity, heal past harms, and help create a more just future for our urban environments…. Read More
Engineering Equitable Communities Workshop to Explore Engineering Community Role in Creating More Just and Equitable Communities
National and local engineering community practitioners to gather in Denver for Phase I of pilot project focused on urban development and urban infrastructure.
The history of engineering is full of the positive contributions that we have made to society. There is, however, another part of our history that is not always discussed, and that is our history of contributing to inequity. Examples include development that has segregated residential neighborhoods, siting of industrial and infrastructure facilities in poor neighborhoods, freeways that have divided neighborhoods, and inequal access to clean water and sanitation. Engineering Change Lab – USA (ECL) is leading a pilot project that will explore this issue and look to develop strategies on how the engineering community can change to contribute to creating more just and equitable communities.
We are living in a world that is facing an unprecedented combination of technological change…
and rapidly evolving societal needs, driven in large part by environmental imperatives. As this uncertain future unfolds, maintaining the status quo is not an option for the engineering community. The imperative for change and adaptation has driven the formation of ECL-USA.Learn More about ECL-USA
ECL-USA convenes two to three times a year to share perspectives, deepen our understanding of engineering’s emerging future, and to launch experiments and focused initiatives designed both to foster change across the entire engineering system from education to practice to research to licensure.Upcoming Summits
Our Way Forward
Our way forward is through action inspired by the Engineering Change Lab-USA’s mission. ECL-USA was started in 2017, with the mission of becoming a catalyst for change within the engineering profession, by helping the profession reach its highest potential on behalf of society.
To achieve our mission, we will:
- Bring together stakeholders, innovative thinkers, and change agents to explore and generate new knowledge about the role of engineering in an emerging future.
- Self-organize as an independent (non-aligned) entity – complementing existing stakeholder organizations (professional societies and associations), not attempting to duplicate their efforts.
- Become a communications hub, linking and sharing knowledge between stakeholders engaged in creating the future of the engineering community (profession).
- Engage in and lead collaborative initiatives designed to transform the engineering community (profession) to help it thrive in an evolving world.