UConn’s MEM Program Gives Students Unique Mix of Business, Engineering Skills for Technology Revolution
In just the past seven or so years, the world of manufacturing has inaugurated the next phase of its own evolution with a new set of guiding principles known as “Industry 4.0.” Just as the transitions from the Stone Age to the Bronze Age to the Iron Age marked periods of radical, sweeping advances for the human species, Industry 4.0 marks the next, drastically different epoch of production technology.
The first phase in this arc of history was the Industrial Revolution. Laboring artisans gave way to factories, in which the driving technological innovations were the use of water mills and steam power to drive heavy equipment. In the early 20th century the second phase came with Henry Ford’s assembly line, allowing for the incredible efficiency of mass production. The Second World War served to amplify the speed of change in this era, with the focus of the war effort spurring intellectual advances toward greater and greater efficiency in human systems.