Creating Future-Defining Solutions: the Role of Alcoa and Aluminum in Automotive Body Structures
Published October 31, 1995 by Automotive Technology Group, Inc. in United States
In one of his last interviews, Dr. Jonas Salk revealed one of the fundamental traits that inevitably characterize those who pursue scientific and engineering as a profession, an overriding confidence in the potential of the human mind to solve daunting problems. Dr. Salk spent the final years of his life looking for a vaccine to prevent the onset of AIDS in those tested HIV positive. When asked why, the discoverer of the polio vaccine replied, "I will not believe that we're not smarter than the virus.'
Although those of us in materials, manufacturing and transportation do not address such destructive issues as directly or personally as Dr. Salk and his colleagues in the biomedical community, the results of our work do influence the well-being of those who use our products today as well as those who will use them tomorrow. The safety and ecological sustainability of the 40 million or so automobiles manufactured around the world today play an important role among those who use them to enhance the quality and productivity of their personal and professional lives. Whether or not the current generation's desires for automotive safety, comfort, cost and performance can be satisfied without diminishing the ability of future generations to do likewise depends a great deal upon the creativity of those engaged in designing and manufacturing the global automotive fleet