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Visions of the Future of Engineering Education: Sharpening the Focus

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

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June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



Conference Session

Raise the Bar – Visions for the Future, Bodies of Knowledge, and Accreditation Vicissitudes.

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Civil Engineering

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24.1362.1 - 24.1362.17



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Mark William Killgore PE, F.ASCE, D.WRE American Society of Civil Engineers Orcid 16x16

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Mark Killgore, P.E. , D.WRE, F.ASCE serves as the ASCE Director responsible for the Society’s Raise the Bar initiative. He is also a Research Fellow specializing in transboundary water and energy issues at the University of Texas at Austin.

Prior to joining ASCE staff in late 2011, Killgore spent three years at Puget Sound Energy as a hydro manager, where he oversaw such functions as major capital project development related to dam safety, water management, energy production studies, and strategic planning. He spent nearly 30 years as a consulting engineer and also worked for the Corps of Engineers. He also served as adjunct faculty at Seattle University where he taught water resources engineering and fluid mechanics.

Mr. Killgore received both a Bachelors of Civil Engineering degree and Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish from Seattle University (1978) and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering degree specializing in water resources and environmental engineering from the University of Washington (1984). He holds the Diplomate, Water Resources Engineer (D. WRE) specialty certification from the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers and is a licensed Professional Engineer (civil) in the State of Washington. He is a fellow of EWRI and ASCE

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Visions of the Future of Engineering Education: Sharpening the FocusOver the last several years, a number of engineering organizations have postulatedvisions of engineering education beyond 2020. In 2005, the National Academy ofEngineering published Educating the Engineer of 2020: Adapting Engineering Educationto the New Century. The following year ASCE released The Vision for Civil Engineeringin 2025 followed by Achieving the Vision for Civil Engineering in 2025, A Roadmap forthe Profession in 2008.Mechanical engineers went through a similar visioning process in 2008 with 2028 Visionfor Mechanical Engineering: A report of the Global Summit on the Future of MechanicalEngineering followed by Vision 2030: Creating the Future of Mechanical EngineeringEducation (Draft) in March 2011.In 2012 the National Academy of Engineering convened a distinguished panel of expertsin Washington, DC, for a forum entitled “Educating Engineers: Preparing 21st CenturyLeaders in the Context of New Modes of Learning.” And the dialogue continues into thepresent. In late October 2013, the National Academy of Engineering is scheduled toconvene the symposium “Frontiers of Engineering Education” in Irvine, California.This scholarly paper will delve into a series of questions about the future of engineeringeducation including:  What do various visions for the future of engineering education have in common?  How are the various visions distinct from each other?  How might the various engineering societies collaborate to realize their visions of engineering education in the future (perhaps through the AAES Working Group on Engineering Education)?  Since 2020 is only six years away, is it time to take another look at the future of engineering education?In characterizing one aspect of a future state, ASCE’s roadmap to achieving Vision 2025declares, “Civil engineering is universally recognized as a ‘learned profession’characterized by competency and the continued pursuit knowledge and experience.”Engineering societies can work together to make this a reality.COORDINATING NOTE:This abstract is submitted at the specific invitation and request of Dr. Thomas Lenox, a2014 coordinator of the ASCE Liaison Committee’s program for the ASEE CE Division.It should be considered for inclusion in the session that Dr. Lenox is organizing andmoderating.

Killgore, M. W. (2014, June), Visions of the Future of Engineering Education: Sharpening the Focus Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--23295

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