PACE Global, Collaborative Engineering Design/Education
Starting in the fall of 2000, GM and all of their global subsidiaries, Siemens, HP, Sun Microsystems, MSC, Altair, Autodesk, ANSYS and other PACE partners began deploying hardware and software infrastructure at BYU which they hoped would lead to a scalable and sustainable global design, analysis and manufacturing curriculum. Well over $400M in hardware and software donations has allowed BYU to emerge as a leading PACE institution among the current community of 52 universities located in 10 countries. BYU with its strong language base, and wide selection of students who have lived internationally, has been ideal to lead or participate in all previous global PACE projects. The Formula 1-type racecar, for example, was a 3-year design/analysis/manufacturing project involving over 500 students from 10 countries; the collective team spanning 16 time zones and speaking eight different languages.
It is now our challenge to find a scalable and sustainable infrastructure/curriculum that is the ideal environment for teaching and improving the global competencies of engineers. One of the greatest challenges facing engineering educators and administrators is ensuring that all engineering students are instructed in and allowed to practice the principles, characteristics and competencies of global engineering.
ME Faculty with Interests in PACE Global, Collaborative Engineering Design/Education: