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Lean Engineering Education by Franz-Josef Kahlen, Shannon Flumerfelt

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1.Planning for the future to improve mechanical engineering education

Is it worthwhile to know the future? Perhaps it is, for knowing the future could help to avert a range of negative outcomes, from avoiding small embarrassing situations to preventing major catastrophic disasters. Unfortunately, knowing the future is a competency that escapes (most) humans. We cannot overcome the consequences of unknown potential problems simply because we cannot know the future.

While knowing the future is beyond human capacity, anticipating the future is an activity that people can conduct. Anticipating the future cannot overcome the shortfalls of knowing the future, but it is highly regarded practice and it does provide benefits. In fact, anticipating the ...

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