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Globalization and Engineering


World-wide markets are not only transforming the production and distribution of goods and services, but also changing fundamental social and economic patterns.  The uncertainty surrounding these changes has led to spirited debate in many countries.  George Bugliarello in this issue's editorial writes that in the United States, "there are growing concerns about the impact of globalization on our technological prowess, the long-term maintenance of our manufacturing capability as critical technological skills migrate abroad, our energy supplies, our research capacity, and our ability to stay on the cutting edge of engineering and science, which is essential to preserving our strength and freedom."  This issue of The Bridge includes articles that address some of the issues and concerns surrounding the unprecedented globalization we are experiencing today.

Articles
  • [Periodical Article]

    Globalization and Engineering (editorial)

    Editor’s Note George Bugliarello Globalization is not a new phenomenon. Carthage, Rome, the Ottomans, sev-eral European powers, and mercantile city-states had multicontinental trading networks made possible by a combination of economic power, military power, and the latest ... Read More

    Author: George Bugliarello

    Globalization and Engineering

    Release date: Fall 2005

    Volume: 35

    Number: 3

  • [Periodical Article]

    Offshoring and the Future of U.S. Engineering: An Overview

    U.S. engineers are now in competition with low-wage engineers in developing countries. Martin Kenney 1 Rafiq Dossani 1 Engineering as a profession in the United States and other developed nations may soon face a crisis. As a result of sophisticated ... Read More

    Author: Martin Kenney and Rafiq Dossani

    Globalization and Engineering

    Release date: Fall 2005

    Volume: 35

    Number: 3

  • [Periodical Article]

    The Next Big Surprise

    The author outlines a national effort to ensure U.S. competitiveness in the global economy. Lamar Alexander This article is adapted from an address to the National Academy of Sciences on May 11, 2005. September 11th came as a big surprise to this country. We weren’t ... Read More

    Author: Lamar Alexander

    Globalization and Engineering

    Release date: Fall 2005

    Volume: 35

    Number: 3

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    Globalization of Materials Research and Development

    Globalization could threaten U.S. access to advances in materials science and engineering. Peter Bridenbough Michael Moloney The media these days are filled with talk of offshoring and outsourcing. The continued globalization of research and development (R&D) and ... Read More

    Author: Peter Bridenbaugh and Michael Moloney

    Globalization and Engineering

    Release date: Fall 2005

    Volume: 35

    Number: 3

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    Impacts and Trends of Offshoring Engineering Tasks and Jobs

    Engineers need better data and government help to “adjust” to offshoring. Ron Hira 1 Many companies are transferring tasks and jobs that have traditionally been done by American engineers to lower cost countries where engineers earn as little as 10 percent of the ... Read More

    Author: Ron Hira

    Globalization and Engineering

    Release date: Fall 2005

    Volume: 35

    Number: 3

  • [Periodical Article]

    A Disturbing Mosaic

    The United States is trading the long-term health of U.S. research and education for the appearance of short-term security. William Wulf I assume that all of you have read or heard a discussion of Tom Friedman’s book (2005), The World Is Flat. But just in case, I’ll ... Read More

    Author: Wm. A. Wulf

    Globalization and Engineering

    Release date: Fall 2005

    Volume: 35

    Number: 3