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ASCE’s vision for civil engineers in 2025 highlights various attributes that civil engineers should possess to meet the profession’s aspirational vision. Among them are being skillful collaborators on intra-disciplinary, cross-disciplinary, and multi-disciplinary traditional and virtual teams and embracing an attitude of curiosity. Curiosity is the basis for continued learning, fresh approaches, development of new technology, and new endeavors. Additionally, advances in software and technology continue to change how engineering work is accomplished and how engineers lead and engage with teams. To effectively provide structural (and civil) engineering services, it will become increasingly important for engineers to leverage broad networks and commit to continuous learning.
Structural (and civil) engineers must realize that a narrow focus on engineering will no longer be valid, their focus must be multi-faceted, multi-disciplined, and holistic. As innovators and integrators, the exchange of ideas between engineers and other professionals will foster teamwork and accelerate learning. Civil engineers should be at the forefront of leading and partnering on multi-disciplinary teams to advance the profession and serve the public good.
This 90-minute session will engage attendees in learning about how to lead and collaborate on intra-disciplinary, cross-disciplinary, and multi-disciplinary traditional and virtual teams. Attendees will better understand how factors such as increasing diversity among a global workforce, mainstreaming of virtual meetings, and artificial intelligence and robotics will influence team dynamics. Leave with an increased level of curiosity and enthusiasm for team learning.
Each participant will not only acquire knowledge of leader development concepts, but will also have an opportunity to develop their leader skills through interactive exercises. After this session, participants will be able to:
• Identify different techniques of leadership and collaboration required for intra-disciplinary, cross-disciplinary, and multi-disciplinary traditional and virtual teams
• Explain how to foster diverse perspectives, knowledge, and expertise
• Identify learning and knowledge sharing methods for multidisciplinary teams
• Anticipate and prepare for changes to team dynamics
• Identify ways to partner with AI