Data has become a valuable asset to corporations and the public. It is changing how we live our lives and the quality of life for many global citizens. Professional engineers have to be Future Ready professionals where technology is dramatically changing how they work and how their services safely and pragmatically create cost efficiencies, create new products and services, and better serve the public. And now more top-performing CEOs now have engineering degrees than MBAs. This is a trend that grows as the systems continue to get complex. Technology is changing the profession and the new systems that are network platforms integrating physical and digital systems in artificial intelligence, data sciences, blockchain, autonomous vehicles and robotic process automations. The convergence of these technologies holds the promise of creating safer, efficient, and more secure systems. This presentation describes the disruption for the professional engineer, patterns that are surfacing rapidly. successful designs as well as gaps between externalities and internal changes. The gaps in scaling and making existing technologies readily available are hindered in the areas of governance, integration and openness of the architectures rather than the algorithms and design models. Where the algorithms and models are readily available in open source libraries, open research, and collaboration of experts for many years, the gap in integrating disparate proprietary databases, removing bias in models, organizing and cleaning data across multi-cloud platforms and open integration standards to bring together hybrid architectures is the chasm first to be crossed where professional engineers have to change as well as the systems that are directly affecting the public and our everyday lives. Ignoring the digital transformation as professional engineers is ignoring our commitment to our constituents and public.
Learning outcome will illustrate that the adoption and application of technology is coming at a faster rate than ever before. We will cover some of the primary skills that professional engineers are finding most critical in their own work and the systems they are working with. We will cover the important opportunities where professional engineers are taking a more proactive role and the changes that are being discussed in professional engineering communities in the Americas. Discussions will cover our proactive positions we should take as a profession, what are the major challenges, and why.