Business and Professional Practices
Full Session with Abstracts
Society’s increased focus on resilience and sustainability provides new opportunities for engineers to re-evaluate design choices. It also provides them an opportunity to take a larger role in project delivery process. However, to seize these opportunities engineers must not only understand the technical aspects of these issues, but must also be able to articulate the importance of these concepts to the entire project team.
Furthermore, since many practicing engineers were not educated in concepts of sustainability and resilience, young engineers must also learn to sell the concepts internally, which requires yet another form of resilience. These trends, compounded by the fact that technology and globalization are rapidly changing the practice of consulting engineering, require that today’s graduates possess not only technical skills, but also communication skills that allow them to take a leadership role in our communities.
This presentation will include examples from actual high performance projects, the contributions from early career engineers, and what skills were taught after on boarding at a consulting engineering firm.