Emerging Technologies: ADM, Hybrid, MEMs, & Computer Forensics

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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.

Table of Contents

List of Appendices vii
List of Figures v
List of Tables v
Acknowledgments viii
Executive Summary 1
Introduction & Background 3
The Program for Emerging Technologies (PET) Process 3
Current Analyses 3
Future Activities 6
Advanced Digital Manufacturing 7
Overview of ADM 7
ADM Technology Review 7
ADM Applications 10
ADM Industry Trends 11
ADM and the Role of Colleges 13
Existing ADM College Programs 14
ADM Employment Opportunities 14
Conclusions and Recommendations to Colleges 15
Hybrid Vehicles 17
Overview of Hybrid Vehicles 17
Hybrid Vehicles Technology Review 17
Hybrid Vehicle Configurations 18
Hybrid Vehicle Production 21
Hybrid Vehicle Industry Trends 22
Hybrid Vehicles and the Role of Colleges 24
Employment Opportunities 26
Conclusions and Recommendations to Colleges 26
Micro-Electro Mechanical Systems 27
Overview of MEMS 27
MEMS Technology Review 27
MEMS Applications 29
MEMS Industry Trends 31
MEMS and the Role of Colleges 33
Existing MEMS College Programs and Courses 34
Special Factors—Texas Colleges 35
MEMS Employment Opportunities 35
MEMS Conclusions and Recommendations to Colleges 36
Computer Forensics 37
Overview of Computer Forensics 37
Computer Forensics Technology Review 37
Computer Forensics Principles 37
Computer Forensics Applications 42
Industry Trends 43
Computer Forensics and the Role of Colleges 44
Special Factors—Two-Year College Programs in Texas 45
Computer Forensics Employment Opportunities 46
Conclusions and Recommendations to Colleges 46
Conclusions 47
Selected Technologies 47
Identification and Selection Processes 47
Scope of Analyses 47
Scope of Analyses 48
Analyses Updating 48
Technology Grouping 48
Summary 48
Appendix A: Conclusions 49
Appendix B: References 50
Appendix C: Experts Interviewed 54
Appendix D: Emerging Technologies Considered 56
Appendix E: Technology Index and Classification 57
Appendix F: Final Selection Process 66
Appendix G: Vendors, Manufacturers & Associations 66
Appendix H: Current Programs 71

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