Educating the 21st Century Civil Engineer

September 22, 2020

“The road to success is always under construction.”
– Lily Tomlin

For centuries, civil engineers have dedicated themselves to serving the public. But as the world and society’s needs evolve, so does civil engineering. Ensuring the viability of the profession and the built environment begins with how 21st century civil engineers are educated.

In this episode of “ASCE Interchange,” Kevin Hall, professor of infrastructure engineering at the University of Arkansas and the chair of the 2019 Civil Engineering Education Summit program committee, discusses the future of civil engineering education.

The breadth of technical civil engineering knowledge is expanding and will likely continue to do so as the profession evolves. The emphasis on professional skills has also grown immensely. Current education systems must adapt to effectively prepare the next generation of engineers.

“One of the misconceptions of a lot of folks is that civil engineering education is absolutely a zero-sum game. If you add something in, you must take something out. We believe that through innovation in education we can begin to incorporate these professional skills into our current curricula and really not miss a beat,” said Hall.

He also discusses COVID-19’s impacts on the civil engineering education model.

 

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