In 2011, Germany launched a project called industrie 4.0 - a digital transformation for the manufacturing industry where informational tech meets operational tech to yield connected factories, smart decentralized systems and a wholly digital supply chain.
I propose that we need to take that idea one step further by considering how we are preparing future engineers to lead this new world of manufacturing where simulation, cloud computing and systems integration rule.
There are nine technologies reshaping manufacturing and production today. You can read about them by exploring the concept button below. We propose to respond to our new industrial reality with a multi-tiered paradigm for engineering education that will help the industrial sector secure talent while meeting the sustainability needs of our future.