The Digital PE


Digital and software systems for professional engineers are growing at an exponential rate. The Standish Group research shows a staggering 31.1% of projects will be cancelled before they ever get completed. Further results indicate 52.7% of projects will cost 189% of their original estimates. Professional engineers need to understand their role as experts regarding standard of care for these digital systems. There is potential for major injury or harm related to software failures in the health care, automotive, consumer products, public infrastructure, and transportation industries, and many more. This session will review basic standard of care principles that have impacted the health, safety, and welfare of the public. It will also discuss lessons learned and guidelines for professional engineers to insure success of our digital transformation and bring about a higher standard of living, which is sustainable, pragmatic, economical, and adaptable.

Learning Objectives

Discuss recent failures of software and digital systems current impacts,and how it parallels the history of traditional engineering fields to achieve licensure;
Identify the role of professional engineers, the boundaries of our expertise, the basis of our profession, and the minimum standard of care for these digital systems;
Explain the private and public partnerships need to create a contiguous pipeline of workers that can build on the engineering profession at the speed of innovation yet with discipline to insure that the public’s health, welfare, and safety are priorities.

Ben Amaba, PE, LEED AP, PhD, CPIM, BD+C

Ben Amaba, P.E.’s expertise is in executive management, strategic planning, operations, and engineering. He is responsible for the health care, manufacturing, energy, petroleum, chemical, nuclear, government, and logistics industries as the IBM Global executive for the Hybrid Cloud Products Division.

Amaba holds a PhD degree in industrial and systems engineering; an MBA/MS degree in engineering and operations, and a BS degree in electrical engineering. He is a licensed professional engineer in several states, and holds International Registry. Amaba is also certified in production, operations, and inventory management by APICS; a LEED-accredited professional; and certified in corporate strategy by MIT.
He holds a copyright for Process Activity Flow Framework, the foundation for IBM’s Business Driven Development framework for requirements, design, architecture, simulation, and application development techniques. He is prominently featured in Giving 2.0, by Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen with Stanford Business School, which details contributions to bolster and promote STEM education and careers, and is a member of the United Way Tocqueville Society, which recognizes local philanthropic leaders. Amaba has published globally on best practices and robust approaches to drive market innovation, economic development, and public-private partnerships.

Thursday, July 19, 2018
Start Time: 
1:30 pm
End Time: 
2:25 pm
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Florentine IV