Since 1989, the World Technology Evaluation Center at Loyola College in Maryland (previously known as JTEC for studies involving Japan) has conducted assessments of Asian and European research and development to evaluate the long-term directions of technologies important to cooperation and development. These studies are funded by a series of cooperative agreements from the National Science Foundation (NSF), with additional support from other U.S. government agencies such as the departments of Commerce, Defense and Energy. Results of previous WTEC studies can be found at the ITRI/WTEC.
Under the WTEC methodology, panels of U.S. experts in the technologies involved are appointed by WTEC to conduct the studies. The panel:
In the assessment of environmentally benign manufacturing technologies, the panel will focus on the process material, energy requirements, as well as process wastes resulting from primary manufacturing of metals and polymers and the manufacture of products derived from these basic materials. Some of the topics that will be addressed include:
During their visits to Europe and Japan, the panelists hope to exchange views on these and other topics important to environmentally benign manufacturing. In addition to providing their own perspectives, the panelists will be pleased to share the assessments derived from the recent workshop on October 5 attended by leading U.S. industry and government experts.