The education of mechanical engineers for the 21st century

Francis A. Kulacki

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The education of mechanical engineers must be viewed from several perspectives: the contextual basis in which engineering is practiced; the curricular framework, its foundations and educational outcomes; and the developmental path for engineering education in the next century. The basis of the current educational paradigm is examined and its suitability for the next century is critically discussed in light of the demands that will be placed on mechanical engineers over the next generation. Several features of the education of mechanical engineers are discussed to suggest options that both Japan and the United States may exercise. Possibilities for international collaboration in undergraduate and graduate education, precompetitive R&D, and technology transfer are suggested.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)467-478
Number of pages12
JournalJSME International Journal, Series A: Mechanics and Material Engineering
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1996

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  • Curriculum
  • Engineering Education
  • International Engineering Education


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