Global report highlights increasing influence of engineering on the economy

Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering

December 5, 2017

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Second study by prestigious Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering shows increasing reliance on technology and engineering, while skills gap widens

The Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering (QEPrize) today released Create the Future 2017, an international survey of attitudes towards engineering across 10 markets including the UK, US, Germany, Japan, India and Brazil.

Following the release of the inaugural report in 2015, the study highlights the changing influence of engineering worldwide, while looking to governments and business leaders to drive the industry forwards.

The publication of the report coincides with the presentation of the 2017 QEPrize, the highest international engineering accolade, by HRH The Prince of Wales to [Dartmouth engineering professor] Eric Fossum, George Smith, Nobukazu Teranishi and Michael Tompsett. The four winners have been recognised for creating digital imaging sensors—together, their work has revolutionised the visual world, transforming medicine, science, communication and entertainment.

Eric Fossum at Buckingham Palace
Dartmouth engineering professor Eric Fossum and fellow winners of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering were honored in a presentation ceremony at Buckingham Palace. Trophies presented by HRH The Prince of Wales.

The report finds:

As the world is experiencing a global shift, so too is engineering. Across the world, technology and engineering are becoming ever more relevant to people’s daily lives. There is a growing trust in engineering and engineers to lead the way in solving major global challenges and make the world a better place. However, despite a favourable attitude towards the profession, many still feel there are several barriers to a career in engineering. These include the cost of education, the lack of visible, positive role models and few opportunities for young people. Engineers, educators and industry leaders must work together to ensure that those shaping the future are fully representative of the people who will use these new systems.

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