The future of our industry lies with our people. I met with various ACEC state leadership classes and emphasized succession planning in our firms while growing the skills of talented professionals in the industry. These meetings recognized all of the critical positions in the industry, including:
- Project managers.
As the only association in the built environment focused on the business of engineering, ACEC can bring value by attracting and developing professionals in the AEC talent pipeline. Examples include the College of Fellows, which engages engineering leaders through recognition programs, outreach through scholarship, and unique educational opportunities.
Our Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEI&B) Committee engages professional societies by developing programming, advocacy, and resources. It leverages our combined efforts and advances ACEC’s DEI&B mission and goals. During my tenure, we partnered with diverse engineering groups and developed a Women in Leadership Forum.
Additionally, the industry faces a continued need for more engineers. An estimated 82,000 additional engineers are needed to continue the work from the IIJA. ACEC recommends reforms to the H1-B visa and other federal workforce-related programs to enable firms to attract and retain more skilled professionals. During my term, we also identified a partnership with the 50K Coalition, a collaborative group of more than 40 engineering organizations focused on producing 50,000 diverse engineering graduates annually by 2025.