In a worldwide survey commissioned by DiscoverE in conjunction with Global Day of the Engineer on April 3, close to 3,000 engineers from more than 80 countries said environmental issues would be their No 1 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.

Led by civil, mechanical, electrical and chemical engineering sectors

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 to March 10 and was available in six languages (English, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Russian, French). Respondents were 56 per cent male and 42 per cent female (two per cent 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