17 January, 2020
For engineering managers and project managers who work in engineering, regularly attending management conferences and events can be an indispensable way to learn new skills and methodologies, hear from leaders in the field, and connect with other dedicated professionals. Many of these conferences feature panel discussions on new and emerging topics, keynote speeches by prominent figures, and dedicated networking sessions.
Attending management conferences can also pave the way for earning or maintaining professional engineering certifications. For example, attending the Annual Conference of the American Society for Engineering Management also allows certified professionals in engineering management to accumulate the experience required for maintaining certification.
Most events offer opportunities to present at the conference and encourage attendees to submit research papers and panel discussion topics in advance. Presenting not only bolsters your professional resume, but also allows you to promote your work and share your expertise with other like-minded people in the field.
There are dozens of conferences across the globe every year and determining which ones to attend can be difficult — after all, you can’t attend every event and it’s important to maximize your time by attending the events that are most meaningful to your career. To make your decision easier, we put together the following list of the best engineering management conferences and project management conferences in 2020.
Best Engineering Management Conferences 2020
|International Congress on Project Management and Engineering||July 7-10|
|ASEM International Annual Conference||October 29-31|
23rd International Congress on Project Management and Engineering
Alcoy, Spain | July 7-10
Presented by the Spanish Project Management and Engineering Association (AEIPRO), the 24th International Congress on Project Management and Engineering is an engineering management conference open to project managers and engineers from around the world that serves as a forum for discussion and debate among working professionals, researchers, and trainers. The presentations are organized into 10 topic areas including project management, civil engineering and urban planning, energy efficiency and renewable energy, risk management, and more.
2020 International Annual Conference of the American Society for Engineering Management (ASEM)
Denver, CO | October 29-31
Billed as “A Systems Approach to Engineering Management Solutions”, the 2020 ASEM International Annual Conference is the premier event for engineering management professionals. Engineering managers, professors, and students will present on traditional and emerging topics in engineering management including leadership and organizational management, financial resource planning, project management, systems engineering, and more. There are also competitions and awards for the best overall conference paper, best student conference paper, and best dissertation. Membership in the ASEM is not required for attendance.
Project Management Conferences 2020
|Change Management 2020||May 3-6|
|Global Scrum Gathering||May 11-13|
|PMI® Global Conference||October 17-19|
Change Management 2020
Anaheim, CA | May 3-6
Hosted by the Association of Change Management Professionals (ACMP), Change Management 2020 is a project management conference designed to support your professional growth and goals by offering presentations, workshops, and breakout sessions on a range of topics, as well as dedicated networking events.
Global Scrum Gathering
New York, NY | May 11-13
The annual Global Scrum Gathering welcomes more than 1,000 Scrum and Agile practitioners who are interested in learning new methodologies, collaborating with other professionals, and creating valuable connections. Scrum, which falls under the Agile project management methodology, focuses on iterative and incremental practices, allowing teams to deliver rapid results in various project stages. Scrum can be applied in almost any workplace—and if you’re wondering how it may work in your engineering organization, you can attend sessions on “Scrum in Hard Places” or “Scrum in Weird Places.”
PMI® Global Conference
Seattle, WA | October 17-19
The Project Management Institute (PMI) is the world’s leading project management organization with over 500,000 members across the globe—making the PMI® Global Conference one of the most prestigious and valuable project management conferences every year. Open to professionals from a wide range of industries and sectors, the event attracts experienced project managers and individuals who want to learn more about how project management can improve their organization. Conference attendees can earn 18 professional development units (PDUs), hear from experienced keynote speakers, stay current on the latest best practices, and expand their professional network.
Engineering Management Conferences as Professional Development Experience
If you’re considering attending one of these engineering management or project management conferences in 2020, you may also consider working with your employer to be partially or fully reimbursed. Create an agenda of the sessions you plan to attend, discuss how the knowledge and insight you’ll gain will help you meet organizational goals, and list the speakers and panelists who would be ideal to network with. In addition to making your case for professional development to your employer, this exercise will also help you plan for getting the most out of attending engineering management conferences.
About GW’s Online M.S. in Engineering Management
With George Washington University’s online Master of Science in engineering management, students learn top-tier engineering skills, coupled with the knowledge to lead technical organizations. The intensive engineering curriculum, supplemented by organizational management courses, prepares graduates to enter STEM leadership roles.
George Washington University offers a comprehensive selection of online master’s degrees in engineering. The programs are designed with the same curriculum as the on campus degree programs, with a focus on positioning graduates for career advancement. GW offers the following master’s degrees 100% online:
- Master of Science in electrical engineering
- Master of Science in engineering management
- Master of Science in systems engineering
- Master of Engineering in cybersecurity and compliance