Vision 2030: A Time for Engineering Leadership
Change normally occurs when there is a compelling need, and this is particularly true with engineering education. There have been many studies over the years focusing on engineering education and the need for change, but most have had little or no impact on the educational process unless they were associated with a major societal need. Today there should be no confusion as to the societal need: the growing need for alternative clean energy sources, food and fresh water shortages that are prevalent in many regions of the world, global political and social unrest due to many factors not the least of which is poverty, and growing concerns for the environment. How are the roles of engineering and engineering defined in this broader context, and how should engineering education respond? Alternative responses are explored, and we suggest strategies drawn mainly from the mechanical engineering community that we feel are relevant for engineering education generally. With extensive survey data from academia, industry, and early career engineers, we make the case for substantial change in engineering education, and we
present possible scenarios.