Preparing Engineering Students for the Global Sourcing Environment


  • L. Manzione
  • Akram Ahmad Abu-aisheh University of Hartford
  • N. Sumukadas
  • S. Congden



Globalization and rapid changes in modern product development and realization are creating gaps in engineering education systems around the world. The global economy has changed the way that engineering firms design, develop, and produce their products. Companies need to evaluate many options available worldwide, not just locally. The current trends are only likely to continue as the world economy becomes more competitive, interdependent, and characterized by global relationships among supply chain partners. This paper presents a plan for preparing engineering students for the new global sourcing environments and product realization processes. Infusions of supply chain management and project management skills into the curriculum are recommended, as well as use of university-industry partnerships, course portfolios, and study abroad programs.

Author Biography

Akram Ahmad Abu-aisheh, University of Hartford

AKRAM ABU-AISHEH is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Hartford. Professor Abu-aisheh is a senior IEEE member, and he has ten years on industry experience in the area of fiber optic telecommunication systems and power electronics. Proressor Abu-aisheh’s research interests include optical communications and power electronics. Professor Abu-aisheh has a M.S. and B.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Florida and a Ph.D. in from the Florida Institute of Technology. Professor Abu-aisheh can be reached via emai at




How to Cite

Manzione, L., Abu-aisheh, A. A., Sumukadas, N., & Congden, S. (2016). Preparing Engineering Students for the Global Sourcing Environment. International Journal of Engineering Pedagogy (iJEP), 6(3), pp. 19–23.