Thursday, January 8, 2009

Engineers in the Year 2020

Engineers are forward thinkers who look for problems to solve and, in the process, improve the quality of life, maintain a healthy economy and help the world to adapt to inevitable changes. The National Academy of Engineering is making a case that all of that requires engineering educators and curriculum developers to anticipate shifts in engineering practices and find ways to adapt their programs accordingly. The Academy feels so strongly about the issue that it published a special document presenting scenarios for the future based on current scientific and technological trends. The paper paints a picture of the ideal engineer of 2020 and recommends ways to improve the training of engineers so that they'll be able to address the complex technical, social and ethical questions raised by emerging technologies.A similar article published by expands the discussion -- one that's relevant to every engineer and engineering student.