Report: Mechanical Engineers Have Part to Play in Future

Mechanical engineers over the next two decades will be called upon to develop technologies that foster a cleaner, healthier, safer, and sustainable global environment. According to an American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) report, "2028 Vision for Mechanical Engineering," mechanical engineers will need to collaborate with partners worldwide to apply innovative solutions and best practices to improve quality of life for all people.

"Mechanical engineers can be at the forefront of developing new technology for environmental remediation, farming and food production, housing, transportation, safety, security, healthcare, and water resources," says the report, which is based on the proceedings of The Global Summit on the Future of Mechanical Engineering, held in April.

The summit convened more than 120 engineering and science leaders from 19 countries for the purpose of defining the elements of a shared vision that will keep the profession at the forefront of grand challenges and great contributions over the next 20 years.

Collaboration will facilitate sustainable development and innovations in nanotechnology, biotechnology, and large-scale systems. According to the report, nanotechnology and biotechnology will dominate technological development in the next 20 years and will be incorporated into all aspects of technology that affect 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."

Other topics examined at the summit and discussed in the report include intellectual property, engineering education and lifelong learning, diversity, virtual design environments, and home-based fabrication.

The full report is available online at http://www.asmeconferences.org/asmeglobalsummit/index.cfm.

Founded in 1880, the society is a not-for-profit professional organization promoting the art, science, and practice of mechanical and multidisciplinary engineering and allied sciences. The group develops codes and standards that enhance public safety and provides lifelong learning and technical exchange opportunities benefiting the engineering and technology community.

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