The ACEC Research Institute provides on-going financial resources to conduct research initiatives beneficial to the entire engineering industry.


  • Joseph Bates
    Joseph Bates
    The Institute for Association
    and Nonprofit Research
  • Greg Cohen, P.E.
    Greg Cohen, P.E.
    2349 Solutions
  • Kevin McMahon
    Kevin McMahon
    McMahon Siegel Group

The Future of Engineering Roundtable Series

The post COVID 19 world is creating new market forces. To survive and prosper in such a dynamic and turbulent environment, engineering firms need to think more far reaching and create a smart future.

The ACEC Research Institute has developed a series of roundtable discussions with leading experts to explore intelligent solutions to tackle major financial obstacles, seek more proactive approaches to predict uncertain future, and pursue strategies to remove barriers to create that future.

We invite you to join the conversation.

July 16, 2020 | 1:30PM EST

We can’t avoid the financial impact that the economy will have on key markets. And, if we aren’t thinking beyond survival and focusing on the future of funding now then we will be left behind. This roundtable tackles these tough financial issues so engineering firms are better equipped to anticipate the forces that will affect their prospects and position themselves to take maximum advantage of market direction. Panelists will delve into the impact of the federal deficit, recessionary challenges, and new funding mechanisms that are needed to build the future.

Confirmed Panelists:
• Rosemarie Andolino, Former Chairman of MAG USA and CEO of International Development, Manchester Airport Group
• Anirban Basu, Chairman and CEO, Sage Policy Group
• Jeff Davis, Senior Fellow, Eno Center for Transportation
• David Zipper, Visiting Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School’s Taubman Center for State and Local Government
• Moderator: Joseph Bates, ACEC Research Institute

June 18, 2020 | 1:30PM EST

Uncertainty caused by COVID-19 has inspired much speculation about the impact of technology on engineering, the speed of design, as well as its effect on firm’s workforce and culture.
Panelists will explore these issues and more including the interconnectivity of systems, impact of A.I. and machine learning, simulations and even technology that facilitates firm culture and collaboration.

Confirmed Panelists:
• Jose Luis Blanco, Partner, McKinsey & Company
• Mike Haley, Vice President of Research, Autodesk, Inc.
• Chris Luebkeman, Director for Strategic Foresight, Office of the President, ETH Zurich
• Heather Wishart-Smith, SVP Technology and Innovation, Jacobs
• Moderator: Joseph Bates, ACEC Research Institute

Watch the Roundtable Discussion Here

June 25, 2020 | 3:30PM EST

The world today is full of extraordinary volatility, yet the engineering industry has risen to the challenge. Uniquely positioned at the forefront of designing buildings for work and home – engineers are solving for the new normal and exploring what is needed for commercial, high-rise, healthcare, and mixed-use buildings of the future. How do we design them? How do we rehab or retrofit them? What is really needed for the future when designing work and living spaces in this new paradigm. Join this exciting panel discussion that explores the future of the buildings we live and work in.

Confirmed Panelist:
• Dino DeFeo, Managing Partner, AKF
• Peter DiMaggio, Co-CEO, Thornton Tomasetti
• Arathi Gowda, Associate Director, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
• Kate Wittels, Partner, HR&A Advisors
• Moderator: Joseph Bates, ACEC Research Institute

Watch the Roundtable Discussion Here