7th annual symposium on frontiers of engineering. Frontiers by National Academy of Engineering

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This assortment contains summaries of displays given on the NAE Symposium in March 2001. themes comprise flight on the innovative, civil platforms, instant communications, and know-how and the human physique

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Thus, managerial changes might have more of an impact on construction performance than rework, depending on the sensitivity of associated tasks to the change and how much work has been done by the time the change is introduced. The impact of a managerial change on the upstream activity (Cup) is in proportion to the sensitivity of the upstream work to internal changes and the progress of the upstream work. The impact of the change on the downstream activity (Cdn) can be measured as a function of sensitivities to changes in the upstream work and progress in the downstream work at the time the change is made.

By contrast, decision making, which is about the acceptability of risk, has political, ethical, and personal dimensions (Lowrance, 1976). Some will argue that risk is primarily subjective, that the notion of risk is a response to the human need to cope with uncertainty and that we develop models whose structures and uses are riddled with subjective judgments (Slovic, 1999). We must acknowledge that all models have an element of subjectivity; but the key difference between the “scientific” and “subjective” views of risk is the extent of this subjectivity.

J. Monopoli, and M. Goldfarb. 1999. Development of piezoelectrically actuated elastodynamic flapping micro-aerial vehicles. Pp. 257–262 in ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exhibition. AD-Vol. 59/MD-Vol. 87 Adaptive Structures and Materials Systems. New York: ASME. K. Ananthasuresh, and S. Kota. 1992. Prospects for microflight using micromechanisms. Pp. 273–276 in Proceedings of the International Symposium on Theory of Machines and Mechanisms, International Federation of Theory of Machines and MechanismsJapan Council, Nagoya, Japan, September 24–26, 1992.

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