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Unformatted text preview: Equip Yourself to be an Engineer ENGINEERING: Stepping into the New Millennium A 21st Century World Cognitive Revolution Diverse Workforce Technology Reinvestment Information Explosion Demographic Shifts Environmental Sustainability Finite Resources International Partnerships Global Economy Infrastructure Renewal Shared Wealth Challenges for 21st Century Engineers Increasing pace of technological innovation The World is Flat Integration of Distributed Technology Changing demographics, expanding social infrastructure Environmental concerns increasingly important Meeting the Challenges Challenges for 21st Century Engineers Increasing pace of technological innovation The World is Flat Integration of Distributed Technology Changing demographics, expanding social infrastructure Environmental concerns increasingly important Meeting the Challenges What employers say they want in future employees? Knowing how to learn Creative Creative thinking and problem solving skills Leadership Leadership , , Innovation Innovation Interpersonal skills, negotiation and teamwork Listening & oral communication skills Self-esteem, goal setting and motivation. Engineers: Thriving in the Knowledge Age Diverse set of skills Unique perspectives Individual visions Future engineers will utilize and integrate their Bottom Line: More Innovation More Wealth Creation The Unintended Consequences of Technological Innovation 1900 2000 A Century of Great Innovations Radio Railways Automobiles Telephone Television Air Travel Computers Networks All have had societal impact News, entertainment (radio) Commerce, industry (railways) City vs countryside (cars, roads) People-to-People & Business-to-People (Phone) A smaller world (air travel and TV) Cyberspace, the next industrial revolution? Original Visions versus Final Reality (1) The radio in the 1920s: complex and for a limited audience and limited use. The radio today: easy to use, cheap, widespread use. Radio technology in Television Radio technology in cellular phones etc. Radio technology in Wireless LAN: Wi-Fi Original Visions versus Final Reality (2) Only a single computer Central data processing vs Personal Computers Distributed Computing Networks What made it possible? The vacuum tube (early radio, computers) The transistor (1948, common use 1960s) The integrated circuit 1970s onwards: fewer and fewer discrete components. Oh, and lots of questionable software... Conclusions Your challenge: Look for ways to combine existing technologies and create new systems and applications....
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This note was uploaded on 01/11/2011 for the course EE 3014 taught by Professor Various during the Spring '10 term at City University of Hong Kong.

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