The second edition of the ECL-USA Engineering Ideas Institute will be held from October 11 – 13, 2021, at The Colorado Chautauqua in Boulder, Colorado. The 2021 Institute will offer an opportunity for participants to take deep dives into two important topics that are central to the future of engineering.
The first theme for the summit will be Engineering in an Age of Acceleration. This theme stems from the observation in Thomas Friedman’s 2016 book, Thank You for Being Late, that the gap between technological progress and humanity’s ability to adapt to technological change is growing ever wider. In addition to technology, similar gaps have developed in the natural environment and in other aspects of society. In the summit, we will explore the role that engineering can play in helping society close or cope with these gaps. We will also examine whether and how these gaps manifest within engineering and identify strategies for increasing the adaptability of the engineering community.
The second theme for the summit will be “Engineering and Racial Inequality.” We will look at the ways that engineering has contributed to racial inequality in communities and whether these issues continue to be present today. We will then look at how engineering needs to change to help heal past harms and create a more just and equal society and how engineering can grow from a more equitable approach to our work.
The reading list for the summit is available (https://ecl-usa.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Summit-13-Reading-List.pdf).
In the final portion of the summit, we will update participants and seek input regarding ECL-USA’s ongoing initiatives on the future of engineering licensure and developing a climate change noble purpose for engineering.
The site of the summit, The Colorado Chautauqua, is a historic venue located at the foot of the mountains on the outskirts of Boulder. There will be limited onsite housing available, so if you are interested in an early reservation, please contact Mike McMeekin (firstname.lastname@example.org).
You can register for Summit 13 at the link below.