The Attributes of a Global Engineer Project

What knowledge, skills, abilities, and characteristics are needed by engineering professionals living and working in an increasingly global context? At what stage of an engineer’s professional development are these attributes acquired and applied? In what ways do academicians, employers, policymakers, and others play a role in equipping engineering students and practitioners with such attributes? And to what extent are there similarities and differences in the nature of expected attributes based on one’s background or location? This paper describes the stakeholder-driven process to identify and define attributes of a global engineer; survey development and sampling procedures; summary of key findings-to-date; preliminary interpretations; and brief discussion and next steps.

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