Systems Workforce Summit​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

8 and 9 October 2024 | TU Delft Aula Conference Centre

Building the Systems Engineering Workforce of the Future

Challenges and Needs

Today's interdependent systems are being shaped by major transformations occurring, for example, in the energy, health, aerospace, and transportation industries, as well as advancements in robotics, AI, and cyber-physical domains. Engineering talent is needed to integrate diverging requirements, develop robust designs, and ensure project success. Well-educated system managers and engineers with broad overarching multi-disciplinary competencies are essential for tackling today's complex systems' technical, economic and societal challenges. This type of talent is scarce and in high demand by enterprises worldwide.    


This Summit will articulate the context, needs, and actions for growing the needed workforce. It will bring together industrial, academic, and professional organizations, as well as government agencies, to formulate a call for action that could mitigate the shortage of a well-educated and trained systems workforce in the medium term.


The summit participants are all stakeholders concerned with the planning and execution of complex engineering programs involving environmental, social, economic, political, regulatory, and technological challenges. Cooperation between the diverse organizations participating in this Summit could significantly advance the needed "Workforce of the Future". 


Summit attendees are personally invited based on their ability to contribute to the event due to their executive responsibilities and influence and/or because they are well positioned to implement the recommendations and "Call for Action" of the Summit in their enterprises and professional environments.

Location and Program

This international Summit is convened by Delft University of Technology and is supported by a coalition of Dutch universities and enterprises. The one-and-a-half-day event, with approximately a hundred invited attendees, will be held on October 8 and 9, 2024, in the TU Delft Aula Conference Center. It will feature five themes with keynote presentations and panel discussions by recognized leaders in the fields. These will be brought together in a concluding panel, formulating a "Call for Action" for the global systems community.

White Paper

Read the reference White Paper about the Systems Workforce, issued by Professor Heinz Stoewer (TU Delft) and David Nichols (NASA JPL and Caltech).

"The technical, economic, and societal challenges of today's complex systems require overarching multidisciplinary competencies, which are scarce and in high demand worldwide. This puts strong pressure on the future workforce, which needs competent systems engineering and leadership skills for integrating diverging requirements and assuring realization success. I will personally partake in this Summit and support the resulting Call for Action."

Location & Directions

TU Delft | Aula Conference Centre

Mekelweg 5

2628 CC Delft