Citizen Tech

Technical Programs Reshaping Society

For the first time in history, the number of people living in cities has surpassed the number of those living in rural areas. Lured by career prospects and opportunities for advancement, young professionals are flocking to cities across the planet. But if many cities are experiencing a renaissance and leveraging on this influx of talent and entrepreneurship, this comes with a cost and a new challenge: ensuring that they can provide appropriate living conditions for the overall population. And this means that the students in classrooms today will be those coming up with technologies and solutions to make life in cities safer, more sustainable and more comfortable.

But many of these issues are not exclusive to cities. The United Nations has challenged the world to meet 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. A broad set of objectives, the SDGs were created to make a difference in ending poverty, combating climate change, ensuring inclusive and quality education and reducing inequality, among other important issues. As an educator leading a quality program, you play a pivotal role in shaping the technical professionals of tomorrow. We are confident that by making technical programs more diverse and inclusive and by opening new pipelines to groups that are still underrepresented across the STEM professions, we can transform our world.

By bringing the Symposium to ABET’s hometown of Baltimore, our city will serve as a backdrop to a lively exchange of ideas on how technical education can positively impact society, not only here, but in cities and communities all over the world.