The Engineering Futures Program is a professional prepared training program, designed to develop interpersonal skills and teamwork, the soft skills engineers need to thrive in today's competitive working environment. EF, as it is informally known, provides industry with young engineers who
The program was developed by Interact Performance Systems, a group which supplies professional development training programs for most Fortune 500 companies. A contract between Tau Beta Pi and Interact allows Tau Beta Pi to provide similar training programs to university students. Sessions are open to all students from any department on campus.
The EF program consists of three modules designed to last approximately 4-6 hours each: People Skills, Team Work, and Problem Solving. Sessions are interactive and use group exercises to provide skills in such areas as diagnosing and working with different types of interpersonal problems (People Skills); team chartering and group process (Team Work); and the problem solving process (Problem Solving). The sessions are presented by Engineering Futures Facilitators, members of Tau Beta Pi who have been trained by Interact on how to effectively present the material.
Past sessions include: