June 12, 2005
June 12, 2005
June 15, 2005
10.1282.1 - 10.1282.9
Session # 2560
The Engineer of the Americas
Luiz C. Scavarda do Carmo, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro
Lueny Morell, Hewlett Packard Company
Russel C. Jones, World Expertise LLC
The concept of Engineer of the Americas was conceived to foster professional mobility within the Hemisphere of the Americas and also to generate a local workforce that stimulates the economic development of each country through the presence of multinational industry. The development of supra-national economic regions with strong internal ties is a reality of the present days and introduces a new vision for human resource development, particularly in the area of engineering. In this paper we discuss the competencies associated with engineers who pursue local development as a professional task, and by doing so contribute to an increase of the overall regional competitiveness. Several stakeholders of the process of creating a new breed of professional engineer are presented, starting with the students and the schools of engineering, followed by the industries, the professional organizations, accreditation bodies and the governments.
This paper presents efforts being developed by a set of professionals who comprise a task force to better define the Engineer of the Americas and start a pilot project involving a few schools of engineering and interested industries. Some mechanisms to facilitate the establishment of the Engineer of the Americas are also presented. They are analyzed within the framework of regional accords that facilitate grass root, bottom-up, actions like a pilot project, but also lobby for political declarations, like the Bologna Declaration and others in Europe, where top down measures are discussed based on ministerial decisions. The authors advocate a blend of bottom-up and top-down actions that take into consideration the reality represented by the economic asymmetry within the Hemisphere of the Americas, its very early and feeble stage in the process of a deeper political agreements, and also the present controversial but apparently unavoidable process of job migration.
Proceedings of the 2005 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright 2005 © 2005, American Society for Engineering Education
Jones, R. (2005, June), The Engineer Of The Americas Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. 10.18260/1-2--15362
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