Engineer of 2020 Visioning and Scenario-Development Workshop


8:30am Continental Breakfast
9:00 Introductions and Opening Remarks

Keynote Presentation
Phil Condit, Chief Executive Officer, The Boeing Company
   Philip Condit's Keynote address (Real Media File)
Bran Ferren, Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer, Applied Minds, Inc.

10:30 Break

Background Presentations and Group Discussions

  • Important technological trends for the future of engineering practice;
  • Historical view of engineering in society;
  • Important demographic and natural resource trends and projections;
  • Report on pre-workshop Focus Groups and Surveys
12:00pm Lunch Speaker
Shirley Jackson, President, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
See the text and slides from presentation
1:15 Plenary Session

  • Brainstorming and discussion of key driving forces, and uncertainties shaping
    the future of engineering practice 
  • Identify most important and most uncertain drivers of change;
  • Use these to frame plausible scenarios


2:30 Break
2:45 Breakout Sessions
Teams develop future scenarios
6:00 Dinner

8:00 Continental Breakfast
8:30 Morning Breakout Sessions
9:00 Morning Plenary
Review and summarize breakout session discussion
Formulate list of quasi-consensus findings for the workshop
10:15 Break
10:30 Breakout Sessions

Working Lunch
Afternoon Plenary

  • Review breakout discussions
  • Design next steps
  • Revisit conference findings
  • Prioritize findings and make final suggestions
  • Teams explore possible implications of each scenario to test relevance
     to future of engineering
  • Teams review future scenarios
1:30 Final Wrap-up
1:45 Adjourn


The New Engineer: Demographic Issues and BEST Practices - Presentation by Shirly Jackson
Engineer 2020 Visioning Workshop

A Bridge to the Future
The New Engineer: Demographic Issues and BEST Practices
Engineer of 2020


By: Shirley A. Jackson

National Academies Woods Hole Conference Center
Woods Hole, Massachusetts
Tuesday, September 3, 2002
12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Thank you, Wayne [Dr. G. Wayne Clough, Engineer of 2020 Chairman, and President, Georgia Institute of Technology] for that warm introduction, and good afternoon.
Some miles south of here, there is a bridge that we at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute are especially proud to claim as part of our heritage. It is the Brooklyn Bridge. It was designed by John Augustus Roebling. When completed in 1883, the uninterrupted span vaulting the East River between Brooklyn and lower Manhattan was an engineering marvel. The towers that hold the bridge stand on immense pneumatic foundations, which rest on the riverbed--a technology ... More

September 3, 2002 08:00 AM – September 4, 2002 03:30 PM
National Academies Woods Hole Conference Center
Woods Hole, Massachusetts