Understand issues associated with a global product development, including developing product needs in unfamiliar cultures, designing for adaptability, managing distributed design teams, and manufacturing at remote and/or distributed sites, while studying and traveling through Latin America. Appreciate firsthand how global companies approach these issues. Understand design strategies related to concept selection, product architecture, economic modeling, CAD management, design reviews, prototyping, and manufacturing systems in a global environment. Appreciate the challenges in managing product development across countries, cultures, and languages, and how companies apply appropriate tools and processes to address these challenges. Understand why outsourcing is such a big deal with companies and how globalization affects you. Understand the design and manufacturing capabilities of other countries and how companies leverage these capabilities in a cross-cultural team environment. Understand the integrated nature of business, engineering, law, and other disciplines in a global economy firsthand as you travel through Latin America with an engineering expert.