What Makes a Great Engineer? The American Society for Engineering Education Wants to Know

The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), a long-time partner to the DOE Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions, has presented the engineering community with one important question: What skills and experiences will today’s engineering students need to develop while in school and throughout their careers to successfully compete in today’s global workplace? To gather answers, ASEE set up an online survey and is soliciting input from educators, employers, students, and professional engineers.

The survey looks at different attributes such as knowledge of different subjects, management skills and spoken languages, and measures the perceived importance of each one at different stages in an engineer’s career – from an incoming university student to an experienced practicing professional. ASEE says they hope the findings will ultimately help “enhance the preparation, performance and employability of engineering graduates around the world.” To ensure global input is captured, ASEE collaborated with the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies (IFEES) and translated the survey into 12 languages.

You can find more information about the survey here and the complete form here. Findings are scheduled to be released by the end of the year. We’ll be looking out for them and share the results once they’re available!