Industry Today Volume 22 Issue 2

his month’s focus feature is an interview with retired astronaut and Naval pilot Frank l. Culbertson concerning the roles of the public and private sector in the space program. There’s a lot of private industry interested in commercial work out there and up there—i.e., Space X, Blue Origin and Virgin Galactic—and after we went to press, NASA even announced a plan to rent out the International Space Station to tourists (or at least those with hefty bank accounts). As you might expect from someone with his extensive experience in the space program, Culbertson is bullish on the need for both manned and unmanned space ventures. Some 60 years since original Mercury 7 astronauts Alan Shepard and John Glenn passed the boundaries of Earth’s atmosphere, Culbertson characterizes today’s space program as “analogous to the early days of the airline industry. The government contracts with private industry to provide the spacecraft and the delivery process.” Back on Earth, we have other ground to cover, quite literally in the case of Ernst & Young’s Future of Mobility report. Radical new technologies are redefining decades-old assumptions concerning transport and infrastructure. These include zero- and low-emission cars that will soon be capable of autonomous driving, as well as artificial intelligence and connectivity that lead both to improved navigation and more accurate insurance risk rating and pricing. Moreover, mobile apps and self-driving technologies make transport safer and more accessible for aging as well as disabled populations. While technology can certainly improve life here on Earth, it appears to be failing women and minorities. Recent reports indicate women and minorities make less than their male counterparts, and that the wage and training gap for women and minorities is potentially hindering the IT industry globally. Authors A.P. Samuel and Jenniel Taylor-Samuel take a look at what the future holds for female and minority IT professionals. To address other worldwide challenges, the Tauber Institute for Global Operations at the University of Michigan is preparing its graduate business and engineering students to become the next generation of operations leaders. Theresa Ceccarelli describes how the Tauber teams examine operations at several companies and conduct rapid plant assessments to identify improvements and target next steps for lean transformation. Speaking of productive connections between industry and colleges, Houston Community College (HCC) and the U.S, Department of Labor recently announced the launching of a new manufacturing apprenticeship program. HCC is home to its Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence (COE), which focuses on training in machining, additive manufacturing, robotics, CNC operations and advanced manufacturing. Houston has more than 10,000 manufacturers who employ more than a quarter million skilled workers. The partnership with the Department labor allows Houston companies to send their employees to HCC for training, enabling workers to work full-time while adding to their skill sets. Crystal Saucedo reports. Over at Ohio University, the National Center for the Middle Market at the Fisher College of Business is researching how leadership strength and culture types affect company performance. Executive Direct Thomas A. Stewart discusses why leaders and companies need to pay attention to culture and how employees relate to one another and the decisions they make. The decision you need to make is which feature article to read first in another content-rich edition of Industry Today. Happy reading. T Industry Today is published bi-monthly by Positive Publications LLC, 65 Madison Avenue, Suite 540, Morristown, NJ 07960. Copyright © Industry Today 2019. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form or for any purpose without prior written consent from the publisher and payment of the agreed fee. ISSN # 1521-8058 65 Madison Avenue, Suite 540, Morristown, NJ 07960 Ph. 973.218.0310 Publisher: Susan G. Poeton Project Director: Brian McMillan Project Managers: Marcos Elias Jonathan Listig Production: Melissa S. Burge Art Director: Seema Mazhar Contributing Designers: Jorge Leandro Rodrigues Profile Writers: Reuben Ford, Lorie Greenspan, Michael Sommers, David Soyka Publisher’s Letter INDUSTRY TODAY 1