A Contribution to Transparency of Scientific and Engineering Concepts

By K. Abhary, H. K. Adriansen, F. Begovac, Z. Kovacic, C. N. Shpigelman, C. Stevens, S. Spuzic, F. Uzunovic and Ke Xing.

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Knowledge management is of outmost importance in organisations. This treatise aims to contribute in improving the transferability and transparency of some basic concepts relevant to science, education and engineering. Knowledge sharing can be adversely affected by concepts and specific terms which are in common use but can vary in meaning. Since contemporary technological issues typically involve several disciplines it would be useful to analyse areas where effective communication and transfer of knowledge between academic and engineering disciplines might benefit from clarification. Examples of concepts that impede knowledge sharing are identified and mitigating strategies proposed.

Keywords: Knowledge, Cross-disciplinary, Education, Transferability

International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 9, Issue 5, pp.93-106. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.238MB).

K. Abhary

Associate Professor, Division of Information Technology, Engineering and the Environment, University of South Australia, Australia

Dr. Abhary is active in academe since 1975; he educated a few thousand engineers, and acted as a consulting engineer to variety of industries. His publications, exceeding 100, include numerous international journal and conference papers, two handbook chapters, seven book chapters, three books, and a bi-lingual Mechanical Engineering Lexicon. He also published a number of non-technical articles and delivered more than 50 public talks on Australian radios on social, literary and political issues. He has undertaken about 100 engineering projects for industry in Australia, Singapore and Malaysia. He supervised many post-graduated students and has been on the international advisory board of a number of international engineering conferences and journals; associate editor of an engineering journal; reviewer to a number of international engineering journals and conferences, and keynote speaker to international conferences. He was an elected member of the Council of the University of South Australia and a member of Standards-Australia/New Zealand Mechanical Engineering Committee since 1994. He committed himself to “the enhancement of engineers’ awareness on social and environmental impact of the Engineering Profession. He is the winner of the Lecturer-of-the-Year-2007 Award, Quality Teaching Award, and Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Students Learning Award of the University of South Australia.

H. K. Adriansen

Associate Professor, The Danish School of Education, University of Aarhus, Denmark

University of Aarhus, Denmark; please refer to http://www.dpu.dk/about/hkoa

Prof. F. Begovac

Professor, University of Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Professor Dr. Fuad Begovac made numerous engineering and development contributions to manufacturing system in RMK Zenica (now subsidiary of ArcelorMittal, the largest steel company in the world) in addition to his academic career 1970-present at the Faculty of Metallurgy and Materials Science Zenica. His publications are listed at http://www.famm.unze.ba/begovacpub.htm

Z. Kovacic

Associate Professor, Open Polytechnic of New Zealand, New Zealand

Before arriving in New Zealand in 1995, Dr Kovacic was a lecturer in the Belgrade University, Yugoslavia for over fifteen years. He has a PhD in statistics and has taught a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate statistical courses, as well as computer programming and econometrics. His research interests range from IT education, to eCommerce, time series and multivariate analysis, and other aspects of using computers and communications technologies. He is an Associate Editor of two academically peer refereed journals: Journal of Information Technology Education and Informing Science: The International Journal of an Emerging Transdiscipline.

C. N. Shpigelman

Lecturer, Universtiy of Haifa, Israel

Universtiy of Haifa, Israel; please refer to http://carmitnoa.googlepages.com/

C. Stevens

Imperial College London, UK

Clement Stevens has taught language and literature for most of his career. He has worked within the German and U.K education systems and was Head of Department in a U.K. secondary school for many years. He has cooperated in the production of teaching materials and books for both general and technical purposes. He has retired from the position of the Coordinator for Writing on the Orientation English Programme at King Fahd University, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, and currently works with the Imperial College London.

Dr. S. Spuzic

Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, Division of Information Technology, Engineering and the Environment, University of South Australia, Australia

Dr Spuzic’s industrial experience in design and technology developed in several states both in Europe and Australia. In addition, he has been appointed at a number of universities to teach courses related to design, engineering materials and management. His multi-disciplinary background evolved into an interest in transparent and cross-disciplinary knowledge management. In line with pursuing applied research, he accomplished a number of projects conducted in close collaboration with, and directly funded by industrial systems. Over the recent decade he pursued strategies such teaching-research nexus and online knowledge sharing at several universities. He promotes an open interaction via computerised informationprocessors such as the Internet leading to free access to knowledge. He developed a variety of online teaching sources which can be accessed at http://spuzic.synthasite.com/. Over the recent 25 years he published a series of research papers and presented a number of seminars related to cross-disciplinary issues in university education, design, manufacture and other topics.

Prof. F. Uzunovic

Professor, University of Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Professor Faik Uzunovic joined Faculty of Metallurgy and Materials Science Zenica in 1989 to serve in positions of educator, Vice-Dean, Dean and during 2004-2005 as acting Rector of newly constituted University of Zenica. Prior to his academic career he significantly contributed to RMK Zenica (now subsidiary of ArcelorMittal, the largest steel company in the world) both as a manager and technologist. He is registered UNIDO expert (United Nations Industrial Development Organization) and has made numerous research contributions in engineering sciences.

Dr. Ke Xing

Lecturer, Division of Information Technology, Engineering and the Environment, University of South Australia, Australia

University of South Australia; please refer to http://people.unisa.edu.au/Ke.Xing

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