The Dutch high-tech manufacturing industry is highly dependent on people specializing in systems engineering. But it is precisely in this area that there is little supply of qualified personnel. Also, the expertise is often ‘hidden’ behind the walls of specific companies. In order to strengthen the foundation of the sector, there should be more structure in capturing and further disseminating that knowledge. Dutch technical universities could play a role in this effort. To investigate this idea, a delegation from Brainport Eindhoven recently visited three North American universities where such a course does exist: Waterloo UniversityStevens Institute of Technology, and MIT in Boston. In a three-part series, we discuss the state of affairs. Today: part 2. (read part 1 here)

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