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Welcome Letter and Project Description

We would like to invite your school to participate with a team of engineering students in the fifth GLOBETECH international simulation offered in the Fall of 1999 via the Internet by the Nerken School of Engineering at Cooper Union, and sponsored by the NSF' s Gateway Engineering Education Coalition.

The GLOBETECH-V (GTK-V) simulation will take place between October 04 and December 10, 1999. Participation is free of any charge. The general theme of the simulation is: "Sustainable Development and Alternative Energy Source Applications" in both a developed country, the United States, and a developing country, South Africa. The two joint-venture projects to be discussed and negotiated during the simulation are:

  1. The construction of 100 fuel-cell equipped taxis per year in the Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. area,
  2. The assembly in South Africa of 100 mobile photovoltaic systems equipped dispensary vans per year.

The simulation works in the following manner:

The main benefits of The GLOBETECH simulation are:

  1. 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 projects,
  2. They can substantially increase their familiarity with the use of the Internet for research and team communications,
  3. Learn the specifics of international joint-venture project proposals, negotiations, contracts, etc.,
  4. Improve their team work, leadership, verbal and written communication skills. Foreign students can also increase their proficiency in English,
  5. Both students and faculty have the opportunity to collaborate with other schools and broaden their domestic and international contacts and collaboration.
  6. For those participating students and faculty who are interested, Cooper Union's Global Perspectives in Technology Management course (EID-372) will also be available for the first time on the WWW. The course is an interdisciplinary elective, open to juniors, seniors, and graduate students. It is offered between September 1 and December 22, 1999, and upon completion earns 3 credits.

In previous years the simulation was well received by students and faculty from such engineering schools as: Carnegie Mellon, Rensselaer Polytechnic, University of Nancy 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, 1999.

For further details about our previous simulations, you are welcome to visit our GLOBETECH-IV (offered in the fall of 1998) site at: or contact Prof. Roxanne Jacoby at:

Our GLOBETECH-V site is currently in development.

If you are not able to participate, please do us the favor of circulating this letter 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.
June, 1999

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