Welcome Letter and Project Description
Welcome to the GTK-6 Web site!
We would like to invite your school to
participate with a team of engineering and/or business students
in the sixth GLOBETECH International Joint-Venture Project
Simulation offered in the Fall of 2000 via the Internet by the
Nerken School of Engineering at Cooper Union, and sponsored by
the NSF's Gateway Engineering Education Coalition.
The GLOBETECH-6 (GTK-6) simulation will take
place between October 04
and December 12, 2000. Participation is
free of any charge. The general theme of the simulation is:
Source Joint-Venture Projects in China, France, and India".
The three specific joint-venture projects to be
discussed and negotiated during the simulation are:
- The construction of 1000 fuel-cell equipped urban transportation
buses per year in the Shanghai area, China,
- The construction of a 15 MW wind farm in France,
- The construction of a 10 MW wind farm in India.
The GTK-6 simulation works in the following
- The various participating student teams
get acquainted as soon as possible at the beginning of
the semester. Cooper Union will start classes on
September 5, 2000, and plan to be available to support
all the other participating teams in their preparation
work. The simulation starts October 4, 2000. The
simulation subjects and the various technical and
international project management issues will be discussed
by the student teams and faculty via e-mail, Internet
Chat, and planned teleconferences,
- Two (or more) student teams prepare the
requests for proposals (RFP's) for the above three
- The other teams bid, and prepare the
Proposals answering the RFP's for one, two, or all the
- The proposals are then negotiated via
e-mail, Internet Chat and/or Teleconferences among the
RFP and Proposal teams, and at the end of the simulation
(prior to December 12, 2000), the contracts are awarded
to the teams (one for each project) that have submitted
and negotiated the best overall proposals (technical
feasibility, price, etc..),
- The feedback process from students and
faculty takes place, and the simulation ends.
The main benefits of The GLOBETECH simulation
- In a relatively short period of time (10
weeks), students have the opportunity to explore global
technology management, sustainable development, and
alternative energy issues by working on concrete
- They can substantially increase their
familiarity with the use of the Internet for research and
- Learn the specifics of international
joint-venture project proposals, negotiations, contracts,
- Improve their team work, leadership,
verbal and written communication skills. Foreign students
can also increase their proficiency in English,
- Both students and faculty have the
opportunity to collaborate with other schools and broaden
their domestic and international contacts and
- For those participating students who are
interested, Cooper Union's Global Perspectives in
Technology Management course (EID-372) will also be
available on the WWW for the second year. The course is
an interdisciplinary elective, open to juniors, seniors,
and graduate students. It is offered between September 5
and December 18, 2000, and upon completion earns 3
In previous years the simulation was well
received by students and faculty from such engineering or
business schools as: Carnegie Mellon, Rensselaer Polytechnic,
University of Nancy, ESC Toulouse, and the Albi School of Mines/
France, Iasi Technical University/Romania, St. Petersburg
Technical University/Russia, and Tokyo Polytechnic/Japan.
The simulation is geared towards junior, senior
and graduate engineering students. Since the treatment of the
discussed projects is quite general, students from a variety of
engineering management, environmental, electrical, mechanical,
etc. courses can participate in the simulation. All the necessary
background information and bibliography will be posted on the
Internet, on the project's Home Page, prior to September 1, 2000.
For further details about our previous simulations, you are welcome to
visit our GLOBETECH-V (offered in the fall of 1999) site at:
www.cooper.edu/GTK-V/ or contact Prof. Roxanne Jacoby at:
Our GLOBETECH-6 site is currently under development.
If you are not able to participate, please do
us the favor of circulating this letter among your colleagues for
the benefit of others who might be interested in this project.
Thank you for your attention,
Prof. Roxanne Jacoby, P.E.
Cooper Union, New York, U.S.A.