04:15 PM - 05:45 PM
6 October 2021

Innovation in Civil Engineering

State of the Industry / Profession

No company can escape the fact that with each passing year, the present is becoming a less reliable guide to the future. In order to drive profitable business growth, stay relevant, and differentiate from the competition, engineering firms must embrace innovation and bring it to life. Yet, despite substantial investments of time and money, many innovation initiatives are short-lived or unable to produce dramatic shifts in competitive position or sustain their desired performance over time. The problem with innovation efforts is rooted in a strategy developed within a system that is defined and constrained by the core engineering business.

Our panel, made up of innovation industry and academic leaders along with CE entrepreneurs will discuss how creating a capacity to innovate starts with strategy. The esteemed group of innovation experts and entrepreneurs will share some of the challenges they have faced working in the built environment as well as strategies and best practices that helped them succeed as innovators, entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will learn the value of developing a strategy for innovation.
  • Participants will learn best practices to build teams to deliver innovation
  • Participants will learn best practices used to develop and implement innovation strategies and business models.


Paul F. Boulos, Ph.D., NAE, Dist.D.NE, Hon.D.WRE, Dist.M.ASCE


Michael Pink, PSP, CCE, Founder and CEO, SmartPM Technologies
Bradford O. Russell, P.E., AIA, SECB, F.SEI, F.ASCE, Director of Architecture & Engineering, BR Architects & Engineers
Benjamin Schmidt, Ph.D., Co-Founder and CEO, RoadBotics
Eric S. Sullivan, NASSCO PACP Trainer, Director of Business Development, SewerAI
Ignasi Vilajosana, Ph.D., CEO, Worldsensing