This report examines Advanced Digital Manufacturing, Hybrid Vehicles, Micro-electromechanical Systems, and Computer Forensics and related core technical principles, applications, trends, implications, curriculum and potential employment of each of these four topics.
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This report examines Advanced Digital Manufacturing, Hybrid Vehicles, Micro-electromechanical Systems, and Computer Forensics and related core technical principles, applications, trends, implications, curriculum and potential employment of each of these four topics. Through this research, TSTC hopes to facilitate the informed and well-considered development of new, or enhancement of existing, emerging high-tech education and training curricula at Texas Colleges. Advanced digital manufacturing represents a technology that is emerging from an existing technology-digital prototyping-that presents an effective new technique for the manufacture of items with special characteristics. Interest in and employment of MEMS devices are growing daily. The fact that MEMS production utilizes many of the skills and much of the equipment of semiconductor manufacture means that a lot of the expertise and many of the facilities developed for semiconductor curricula can be modified to provide superior training in the MEMS area. Increasing commitment to homeland security, the growing prevalence of computer viruses and identity theft, and the enhanced sophistication of law enforcement have all multiplied interest in computer forensics in both the public and private sectors. There is every indication that graduates in this field will have very attractive employment opportunities. Recently, there has been a great deal of interest in hybrid vehicles throughout the United States. However, our analysis indicates that, for various reasons, the establishment of College programs in hybrid vehicle repair does not appear to be desirable. Addition of individual courses in hybrid vehicle principles to existing auto mechanic programs does appear desirable. This example indicates the value of analyzing emerging technologies, even if they are not well suited for current College programs, because the analyses do provide information and insights that can assist in effective curricula development.
Mechatronics is another way of saying “intelligent mechanical systems” and it is the foundation of many 21st century enabling technologies. Mechatronics involves the integration of mechanical and electrical systems with control systems and information technology.
The unmanned aircraft industry is on the verge of a significant expansion. Current job demand in this sector is quite limited in Texas today, but the industry is poised to take off during the next three years as the Federal Aviation Administration continues to roll out new rules. This brief provides instructional leaders with focused insights into this emerging and evolving sector through interviews with industry experts, online searches of training activities, and analysis of employment demand data.
An increasing number of non-accredited certification programs offered by industry firms suggests a growing demand for usability evaluation skills. While some specialized advanced degrees exist within formal academic programs such as Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) within computer science, human factors within psychology and physiology and, to some degree, information architecture within library sciences, there are limited...