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LOOKING INTO THE FUTURE 2028 WORLD OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERING WHILE STANDING AT 2008 : CHALLENGES AHEAD

 Dear Friends ,

Mechanical engineers with a decade or more of experience can attest to how much their world has changed during their careers. In the next 20 years, mechanical engineering is certain to experience continuing and surprising changes. Particularly one must be concerned about how to prepare the mechanical engineer of 2028 to have the critical knowledge and competencies required in the future. They are looking to a future characterized by engineering large and small scale systems, meeting the competitive edge of knowledge and embracing the collaborative advantage, regulating global innovation, anticipating the diverse face of a global engineering profession, preparing for the technological capabilities of the Nano-Bio future and designing at home. The following text of this article will look at each challenge briefly.

DEVELOPING SUSTAINABLY : Rapidly developing economies are adding to global environmental pressures and competition for energy, water, and other high-demand resources. Mechanical engineering will be challenged to develop new technologies and techniques that support economic growth and promote sustainability.

ENGINEERING LARGE & SMALL SCALE SYSTEMS : Engineers in 2028 will work at the extremes of very large and very small systems that require greater knowledge and coordination of multidisciplinary and multi-scale engineering across greater distances and timeframes. A new field of systems engineering will incorporate much of the knowledge and practices of mechanical engineering.

COMPETITIVE EDGE OF KNOWLEDGE : In 2028, the ability of individuals and organizations to learn, innovate, adopt and adapt faster will drive advanced economies. Mechanical engineering education will be restructured to resolve the demands for many individuals with greater technical knowledge and more professionals who also have depth in management, creativity and problem-solving.

COLLABORATIVE ADVANTAGE :The dominant players in all industries in 2028 will be those organizations that are successful at working collaboratively. The 21st century will be defined not by conflict but by the integration of competitive markets with new methods of collaboration.

REGULATING GLOBAL INNOVATION : Innovation, within the framework of a global economy, will remain a complex affair in 2028. Fundamental restructuring of the regulation and protection of intellectual property on a global basis is unlikely. As more complex technologies require greater collaboration and sharing of patents, incremental changes will occur to produce equitable and beneficial results for the innovators and those that adopt and commercialize innovations.

DIVERSE FACE OF ENGINEERING : Demand for new technologies will sustain global demand for adequately skilled and innovative mechanical engineers in 2028. Prospective employers will seek and promote people with unique and varied backgrounds to maximize their potential for success in diverse cultures and situations.

THE NANO-BIO FUTURE : Nanotechnology and biotechnology will dominate technological development in the next 20 years and will be incorporated into all aspects of technology that affect our lives on a daily basis. Nano-Bio will provide the building blocks that future engineers will use to solve pressing problems in diverse fields including medicine, energy, water management, aeronautics, agriculture and environmental management.

DESIGNING AT HOME : By 2028, advances in computer aided design, materials, robotics, nanotechnology and biotechnology will democratize the process of designing and creating new devices. Engineers will be able to design solutions to local problems. Individual engineers will have more latitude to design and build their devices using indigenous materials and labor – creating a renaissance for engineering entrepreneurs. The engineering workforce will change as more engineers work at home as part of larger decentralized engineering companies or as independent entrepreneurs.

For above 2008 environmental scan, ASME convened more than 120 engineering and science leaders from 19 countries representing industry, academia and government to a global summit to imagine what mechanical engineering will become between now and 2028. The Summit was held April 16-18, 2008 at the National Academy of Engineering in Washington, DC. ASME has a long track record of studying the trends and issues likely to shape the future of mechanical engineering.For the past decade, this research has pointed definitively to this time when the global environment is influencing the profession as much if not more than national or local conditions.  For Full report you can log on to www.asme.org

 
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interesting..
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