Scenarios for 2033 and the Role of the Engineering Community

Engineering Change Lab – USA (ECL), is a social change lab that seeks to be a catalyst for change within the engineering community. ECL serves as a connector and convener, complementing the work of other engineering organizations. The 2023 ECL Engineering Ideas Institute featured a deep dive into the future of engineering using scenario planning. Participants examined signals of change, driving forces and critical uncertainties to develop three futures centered on the critical challenges facing society and then examined the role of the engineering community in these futures. This session will delve into the three scenarios developed at the 2023 Engineering Ideas Institute with emphasis on the role of AI in the future. Participants will have opportunities to offer their thoughts on future trends. Participants will also discuss the role of the engineering community in these future scenarios and strategize regarding the actions we can take now to prepare for an uncertain future.