Four industry representatives from multinational infrastructure giant AECOM visited campus in late April for a panel discussion about the engineering skills gap, chaired by UCL Engineering Vice Dean Education, Prof John Mitchell.
Karen Britton, Technical Director (Aviation), Diana Sanchez-Celiz, Geotechnical Engineer, Victoria Smith, Graduate Transportation Consultant, and Catherine Llewellyn, Media Relations Executive, were AECOM’s representatives on the day, answering questions from both Prof Mitchell and the audience. Topics covered ranged from the Skills 2030 section of AECOM’s The Future of Infrastructure report (featuring IEP Director Emanuela Tilley), how to communicate the societal benefits of engineering, if the skills gap really exists, and how creativity is part of an engineer’s role.
The interdisciplinary strengths of UCL’s Integrated Engineering Programme were also recognised, with the panel encouraging undergraduates to be bold and take advantage of the opportunities available to them.
You can watch the full panel discussion below.