Archive for March 9th, 2011

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PROJECT CROWDSOURCING ENTERS PHASE 2

We’ve received numerous insightful ideas for articles from readers around the world, reaching us through postings here on MEmagazineBlog.org, e-mail, and even old-school letters written on paper. Below is a compilation of readers’ recommendations.

We have examined the suggestions and comments, and have come up with 15 ideas for articles—five each relating to ASME’s strategic initiative areas of energy, engineering workforce development, and global impact. In this second phase of Project Crowdsourcing, we would like you to VOTE FOR THE IDEAS that you believe would make the most interesting topics for articles.

Please rank the ideas—#1 being the most favorable; #5 the least—from each of the three categories. At the end of April, we will tally your votes and post the results.

ENERGY

  1. Compare lifecycle costs and relative merits of leading renewable energy technologies.
  2. Explore U.S. energy independence. How do we formulate a comprehensive plan?
  3. Examine the pros and cons of nuclear fuel reprocessing.
  4. Present an overview of advanced reactor technologies.
  5. Look at the benefits and challenges of advanced vehicles, including the economic and environmental impact of electric vehicles.

ENGINEERING WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

  1. Look at ways to give engineering graduates the necessary practical skills to succeed in tomorrow’s workplace, which may see increasing emphasis on sustainability.
  2. Examine the notion that engineering training in our educational system should begin much earlier than it does right now, and review ways to expose youngsters to various facets of innovation.
  3. Address the importance of removing the growing conception that engineering sciences can be treated as a commodity.
  4. Discuss why the world is becoming increasingly software and computer driven, and report on ways to effectively educate the engineering workforce on computer software and programming.
  5. Explore how contemporary managers and scholars address the multiple dimensions of human behavior and organization.

GLOBAL IMPACT

  1. Discuss how bioengineering and biomedical systems can be geared toward the developing world.
  2. Explore what engineers need to know in order to succeed in the global economy, and discuss global opportunities available to them.
  3. Consider how ASME can provide leadership for improving risk management and resilience for complex systems.
  4. Discuss the reasons why U.S. industry generally has resisted adopting the metric system.
  5. Look at the factors that can maintain job performance and reduce stress when engineers relocate to a new country.

Please click on the LEAVE A COMMENT button above and make your selections!

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John G. Falcioni is Editor-in-Chief of Mechanical Engineering magazine, the flagship publication of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

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