I think it is difficult to think of multi-sided issues in your field of study unless you are in the habit of reading blogs, newspapers, or articles written about that profession. I read a brief article “Professional Issues in Civil Engineering in the 21st Century” from the Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice (October 2002) that listed 12 significant issues members of the profession generated as ideas for a conference.
Among the issues they came up with were:
- price competition
- Design Build (which seems like a good multi-sided issue)
- role of research in the future of civil engineering
- nonengineers in engineering positions in government and private practice