Summit 7 Provocateurs

Provocateurs have been finalized for ECL-USA Summit 7. This summit will focus on technological driving forces that are transforming the way engineers do their work and on the future of consulting engineering.  One of the provocations for the summit will come from Autodesk and will include a tour of their Boston Build Space.  Other provocateurs will include:

  • Randy Atkins, Director, Grand Challenges for Engineering Project, National Academy of Engineering;
  • Chris Walcutt, Director of Security Solutions, DirectDefense, cyber-security expert and ECL-USA participant;
  • Jerry Buckwalter, COO, American Society of Civil Engineers, focusing on ASCE’s “Future World Vision” project;
  • Robert Otani, Principal and Chief Technology Officer, Thornton Tomasetti; and
  • Linda Bauer Darr, President, American Council of Engineering Companies, discussing ACEC’s new strategic plan.

ECL – USA Leadership

On August 1, 2019, Mike McMeekin assumed the role of Executive Director of ECL-USA. Mike will also remain as Chairman of the Board at Lamp Rynearson. In August 2019, ECL-USA also expanded its Board of Directors. Current Board members include:

  • Mike McMeekin, Lamp Rynearson – Executive Director
  • Lauren Evans, Pinyon Environmental
  • Edwin Friedrichs, Walter P. Moore
  • Clint Robinson, Black & Veatch
  • Dan Linzell, University of Nebraska College of Engineering

Contact Mike McMeekin ( for any questions regarding ECL-USA.

ECL-USA Summit 7

Engineering Change Lab USA Summit 7 will be held at the Kostas Research Institute on the Burlington Campus of Northeastern University just outside of Boston, MA on October 21 and 22, 2019. The summit will explore two primary themes. The first theme is a continuation of the work of ECL-USA on technological driving forces that are transforming the way engineers do their work. The second theme will be a deep dive into the future of consulting engineering.  For registration information, contact Mike McMeekin, ECL-USA Executive Director (

Summit 6 Ethics & Entrepreneurship Reports

The Ethics and Entrepreneurship Reports from Summit 6 in Berkeley, California, have been published. Click on the images below to review the complete issue summaries.

Summit 6 Report – Ethics

Rapid technological change is generating discussions regarding the relationship between technology and society. The unknown nature of this future relationship generates new, important, system-wide ethical issues and dilemmas related to engineering and how the engineering community will respond. The key question for our future is whether technology will shape the future or will humans shape technology. The key question for the engineering community is what role we will play in answering this question.

Summit 6 Report – Entrepreneurship

Summit 6 offered the opportunity to explore the relationship between engineering and entrepreneurship in the emerging future, as expressed broadly in the Bay Area’s engineering and tech community.

Dr. Alissa Fitzgerald, Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems Entrepreneur, Summit 6 Provocateur

Dr. Fitzgerald founded A.M. Fitzgerald & Associates, LLC (“AMFitzgerald”), a MEMS and sensors solutions company, in 2003. She has over 20 years of engineering experience in MEMS product development and now advises clients on the entire MEMS product development cycle, from business and IP strategy to supply chain management. Prior to founding AMFitzgerald, Dr. Fitzgerald worked in engineering roles at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Orbital Sciences Corporation, and Sensant Corporation, now part of Siemens. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from MIT and her doctorate from Stanford University, in Aeronautics and Astronautics. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Transducer Research Foundation and Rigetti Computing.

Tim Draimin, Social Innovator, to be Provocateur at Summit 6 in Berkeley

Tim Draimin is a Senior Advisor at The JW McConnell Family Foundation (Montreal Canada). For the last decade he been active in developing the field of social innovation. He is an advisor to government, business and the nonprofit sector. He currently serves on the boards of Social Innovation Exchange (SIX-London UK), Trico Foundation (Alberta), Centre for Social Innovation (CSI-Toronto), and Green Economy Canada (GEC-Waterloo). He was co-founder and CEO of Tides Canada Foundation and Tides Canada Initiatives.

Summit 6: Third Provocateur Announced – Professor Tom Byers, Stanford University

undefinedAt Stanford University since 1995, Professor Tom Byers focuses on education regarding high-growth entrepreneurship and technology innovation. He is the first holder of the Entrepreneurship Professorship endowed chair in the School of Engineering, and is also a Bass University Fellow in Undergraduate Education.

(eCorner) collection of thought leader videos. He was the director and lead principal investigator of the Epicenter, which was funded by the National Science Foundation to stimulate entrepreneurship education at all US engineering and science colleges.

He has been a faculty director since the inception of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP), which serves as the entrepreneurship center for the engineering school. STVP includes the Mayfield Fellows work/study program for undergraduates and the Entrepreneurship Corner

He is the co-author of a textbook called Technology Ventures: From Idea to Enterprise that is published by McGraw-Hill. He is a past recipient of the prestigious Gordon Prize by the National Academy of Engineering in the USA and Stanford University’s Gores Award, which is its highest honor for excellence in teaching. He is a member of the board of trustees at Menlo College. He has been a member of advisory boards at Harvard Business School, UC Berkeley, World Economic Forum, and Conservation International. Tom was executive vice president and general manager of Symantec Corporation during its formation, and started his career at Accenture. Tom holds a BS in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research and an MBA from UC Berkeley. He also earned a PhD in Business Administration (Management Science) at UC Berkeley.