To get involved in an initiative, contact us. For more information on activities related to the initiatives, see the individual summit reports.
Imagine if, guided by educators and mentors who understand emerging technologies, every student was prepared and excited to address challenges/problems by applying science and math concepts, using an engineering approach. What would that look like?
ECL-USA is collaborating with other engineering organizations to examine how the Engineering Community can increase its effectiveness in support of K-12 STEM education.
In addition our 2023 Exploring Engineering Education summit focused on the future of engineering education at the university level.
Future of Consulting Engineering
Imagine that engineering firms are thriving in the future. What would that look like? The Engineering Firm of the Future summit explored several aspects of this question.
Our Engineering Workforce of the Future summit in June 2024 will explore an issue important to all engineering firms.
New Model for Engineering Licensure
How will our current model for engineering licensure adapt to the threats posed by new, multi-disciplinary areas of practice involving emerging technologies? The Licensure Models for the Fourth Industrial Revolution summit offered a look at what is needed.
Work on this initiative is being guided by a Steering Committee which includes representatives of NCEES and NSPE. The Steering Committee selected mobility engineering as an example of this type of practice. At a workshop held in June 2023, we developed a draft framework for a certification model for mobility engineering. The final results of our examination of mobility engineering and its implications for other areas of multi-disciplinary practice will be presented at a virtual briefing in February 2024.
Thank you to NCEES for their financial support of the Future of Licensure initiative.
Mapping Technological Driving Forces Impacting the Engineering Community
Imagine that engineers lead the embrace and acceptance of integrated technologies to drive business. What would that look like? This group will be exploring disruptive technologies that might drive new forms of delivering the engineering community’s work and transform (or diminish) traditional business models and models of practice.
Our Moving from Cybersecurity to Cyber Resilience summit in March 2024 will continue our exploration of these issues.
Engineering Equitable Communities
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. As an outcome of the 2021 Engineering Ideas Institute, 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.
The first phase of the pilot project will be a workshop for engineering practitioners that will focus on urban development and urban infrastructure in the Denver area. The workshop is scheduled for December 18 and 19, 2023, and will be held at Metro State University’s CAVEA Theater in downtown Denver. Participants will include representatives of ECL and local and national engineering organizations.
Major sponsors of the workshop include the National Society of Professional Engineers, ACEC Colorado and the ACEC Colorado Foundation, and Ulteig Engineers. Other sponsors include EFCG, Felsburg Holt & Ullevig, HDR, KL&A Engineers & Builders, Martin/Martin Consulting Engineers, and Muller Engineering Company.
For more background on our approach, see this link.
Engineers and Public Policy
Imagine if engineers used their knowledge and skills to have a positive impact on society through engagement in public policy. What would that look like? Session 4 of our 2020 Engineering Ideas Institute explored the leadership aspects of public policy involvement (2020 EII Session 4 Report). Our recent Engineering & Public Policy Leadership summit re-visited this topic.