Why study Strategic Thinking in Engineering and Technology?
Innovation in tomorrow’s infrastructure, products, and services involves long-term thinking. Companies must be strategic about the technologies in which they invest, the markets in which they compete, and inevitable changes that will disrupt their businesses. Governments have to prepare to regulate new technologies to ensure they don’t represent a danger to the public, and to anticipate the needs of their citizens and the tools they will need to remain competitive. Universities and research councils have to decide what to study, and whether emerging fields are likely to have long-term significance or a brief period in fashion. Even individual engineers need to look into the future to ensure their skills don’t become obsolete.
Whether your interest is in becoming an a thought leader in your field, an industrial strategist, a management consultant, an investor, a government advisor, or a journalist, this course will give you the tools to both analyze and communicate the future of engineering.
What will you learn?
This minor will provide you with tools to analyse the trends in today’s science and engineering research and put them in the context of global changes in economics, demographics, and the environment. You will learn to compare new technologies with their appropriate competitors, think through the problems they might cause (and how to mitigate them), and identify the opportunities and threats that global changes will create for industry. You will also learn to be able to communicate your findings to a range of different audiences via broadcast media (print and electronic news, radio, and television), narrowcast media (blogs and podcasts) and reports.
Information for Current Students
For current module breakdown and syllabus, please have a look at the Minor page on the IEP Central Moodle (current students ONLY, login required).
Dr Sunny Bains
Dept Biochemical Engineering
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