S8-CT7-1 - Have We Met the Vision of Engineer 2020 and What is Our VIsion for 2040?

Panels / Special Sessions
Senay Purzer1 , Karl Smith1, 2, Beth Cady3
1 Purdue University
2 University of Minnesota

In this special session, we will reflect back on the early years of the 21st century, when much had been written about the future of engineering and engineering education. There had been global calls on changing the culture of engineering in the new century. In 2004, the National Academy of Engineering published the consensus report titled, The Engineer of 2020: Visions of Engineering in the New Century. The accompanying report came out the following year, with the title, Educating the Engineer of 2020: Adapting Engineering Education to the New Century. The first one envisioned the future, and the second one explained how we prepare for that future. As we entered the year 2020, it is now time to look back, review, and reflect: Have we met the vision of engineer 2020? This session will promote thought-provoking, reflective thinking about the past and visionary thinking about the future of engineering education.