As the world's population nears seven-billion people, mechanical
engineers will play a major role in meeting global challenges says a
research study conducted by ASME (American Society of Mechanical
The study, The State of Mechanical Engineering: Today and Beyond,
was the result of a survey of over 1,200 engineers with a minimum of two
years of experience in mechanical engineering-related positions. The
survey asked participants to rate everything from the current levels of
optimism around the field to their opinions on the hottest areas in
mechanical engineering, along with the personal and professional skills
they think are needed to succeed now and in the future.
With the expanding global population comes the need to address
challenges such as clean water, sanitation, food and energy. While the
study shows optimism about the ability of engineers to meet global
challenges, it points to the importance of working on interdisciplinary
teams of professionals to address these issues.
The study also revealed that early career engineers and students will
play a major role in meeting global challenges over the next 10-20
years, especially in the areas of sustainability or renewable energy,
bioengineering and biomedical fields, nanotechnology, green building
technology, energy storage, smart grids and greenhouse gas mitigation.
The ASME research study also evealed that over the next two decades:
When participants were asked how they would acquire additional knowledge
or expertise needed to address future challenges, almost all engineers
said they would employ self-study. According to the survey, "early
career engineers prefer traditional face-to-face instruction for
acquiring knowledge such as in-house training, mentoring, and part-time
graduate degree programs. More experienced engineers, on the other hand,
are more comfortable relying on magazines, books and online courses."
The study also indicated that "basic engineering disciplines will
continue to be indispensable. Abilities such as multilingual and
multicultural skills will be essential in the anticipated increasingly
global work environment."
In compiling the results of The
State of Mechanical Engineering: Today and Beyond, ASME sought
to provide an accurate picture of the current attitudes of today's
engineers as well as their expectations on the future of the engineering
ASME helps the global engineering community develop solutions to real
world challenges. Founded in 1880 as the American Society of Mechanical
Engineers, ASME is a not-for-profit professional organization that
enables collaboration, knowledge sharing and skill development across
all engineering disciplines, while promoting the vital role of the
engineer in society. ASME codes and standards, publications,
conferences, continuing education and professional development programs
provide a foundation for advancing technical knowledge and a safer
world. For more information, visit www.asme.org.
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