A design-based vision on future roles in engineering

Renate Klaassen, Matthijs van Dijk, Roald Hoope, Danielle Ceulemans, Aldert Kamp, Martin Jacobs, Maarten van der Sanden

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In this paper, we present a vision on how engineers can play different roles in future society 2030. First we predicted how society in the Netherlands (in relation to Europe and the rest of the world) is going to develop and how future engineers will behave, act and take their position in this future world. We used the ‘Vision in Design’ methodology to unravel the complexity of future society step-by-step and to understand the diversity of engineer(ing)-behaviour: 260 relevant future conditions for 2030 were derived from 10 interviews with visionaries in society, experts in the field of engineering education and from literature search. Clustering these factors into ten driving forces helped us to discover three independent determining dimensions, defining eight possible engineer-behaviours in 2030. As a result of this rich contextual research, these eight roles are further illustrated with accompanying skills and pathways to support role development. The vision and roles have been developed in co-creation and validated in a series of workshops with a wide variety of people within and beyond academia and within the professional world of engineering.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe 14th International CDIO Conference
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings – Full Papers
EditorsCasey Bean, Jens Bennedsen, Kristina Edström, Ron Hugo, Janne Röslof, Robert Songer, Tomohito Yamamoto
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)978-4-906122-53-0
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event14th International CDIO Conference - Kanazawa Institute of Technology, Kanazawa, Japan
Duration: 28 Jun 20182 Jul 2018


Conference14th International CDIO Conference
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  • Engineering education
  • Vision in Design
  • Engineering Roles
  • Higher Education
  • Behaviour
  • CDIO Standards 1(Context)


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