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Has the Engineer of 2020 materialized as expected? Has the education of that engineer met the predictions established fifteen years ago? If so, how and what lessons can be learned moving forward? This paper will present a critical review of the current realities of the state of engineering practice and engineering education in the year 2020, based on where we expected to be when the National Academies published The Engineer of 2020 in 2004 and Educating the Engineer of 2020 in 2005.
How well did these two visionary reports predict the future? What aspects of each document are in fact reality, which continue to show potential, and which did not materialize as the committee envisioned? At the time of publication, both documents were prepared by an impressive collection of educators and practitioners. They were widely cited and deemed inspirational, aspirational, and paradigm changing. The Engineer of 2020 document focused on envisioning the future and predicting the roles that engineers would play in that future and included a list of desirable attributes. In contrast, Educating the Engineer of 2020 was the result of an engineering education summit focused on how to prepare engineers for the envisioned future. While both documents address the broad application of engineering, this paper will present specific evaluation through the lens of civil engineer practice and civil engineering education. In addition to the National Academies documents, this paper will consider more recent profession-shaping publications to include the American Society of Civil Engineer’s Body of Knowledge, 3rd Edition.
This paper will only present the views and opinions of the authors (a practitioner and an educator). Formal assessment will not be incorporated as part of this exploratory analysis methodology. It is anticipated that this paper will be of interest to both civil engineering practitioners and educators as they consider the state of the practice.
Barry, B. E., & Slocum, S. (2020, June), The Engineer of 2020 as of 2020 Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--35315
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