3,000 Engineers from Across the World Agree: Environmental Issues Will Be Their Number One Global Challenge Over Next 25 Years

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Release Date: 

April 3rd, 2019

Washington, April 3rd, 2019 – In a new worldwide survey commissioned by DiscoverE in conjunction with Global Day of the Engineer on April 3, nearly 3,000 engineers from over 80 countries said environmental issues will be their number one global challenge over the next 25 years.


Topics specifically addressed as ‘most daunting’ include: Access to clean water and sanitation; economical clean energy; clean air; and sustaining lands and oceans. Respondents were from a cross-section of disciplines, led by civil engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and chemical engineering.


The full 20-question online survey explored many aspects of the engineering profession — from the people and reasons that motivated participants to become engineers, to how they have grown in their careers, to what excites them most about the profession. The survey was administered through Survey Monkey from February 5 – March 10 and was available in six languages (English, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Russian, French). Respondents were 56% male and 42% female (2% opted not to say).


“The 2019 Global Day of the Engineer Survey is designed to help the engineering community learn about and celebrate its many shared values,” said Leslie Collins, Executive Director, DiscoverE. “The survey delivers on our mission to engage young people and promote the future of engineering. It underscores the essential role the engineers of today and tomorrow have in shaping the future of our planet.”


Global Day of the Engineer is the worldwide event that celebrates and recognizes engineers. On Wednesday, April 3, engineers are encouraged to post a message or photo on social media that celebrates engineers using #GlobalEngineer. Find out more at http://discovere.org/our-programs/global-day.


About DiscoverE


DiscoverE is leading a growing volunteer movement that inspires and informs present and future generations to discover engineering. Our network of volunteers in the US and abroad is drawn from the DiscoverE coalition of more than 100 professional societies, major corporations and government agencies. Together we meet a vital need: introducing students, parents, and educators to engineering, engaging them in hands-on engineering experiences and making science and math relevant. For more information, visit www.discovere.org.



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