Materials Engineering

Current Science Dependence

Physics
Chemistry
Computer Science

Engineering Components

Properties
Strength
Durability
Conductivity
Behavior under various stresses
Temperature resistance
Manufacture
New Materials Methods
Efficiencies

Likely Areas of Major Impact

Development

Positive Jobs Impact

Negative Jobs Impact

Low-cost Superconductive materials

Large range of new technologies possible including

Transportation
Power transmission
Electronic density

Possible displacement of workers in transportation industries - retraining would probably be possible.

Incremental Improvements in Many materials. E.g.

Plastics UV resistance increase
Economic composite materials for construction
Higher temperature metals
Ceramics with greater range of applicability.

Additional product capabilities and new range of applications with resulting additional manufacturing jobs.

Displacement of existing products.

It would probably be a case-by-case matter of whether the displacement would be greater than the jobs increase.

Update 10/19/97