James Martin and James E. Samelson are authors of The Sustainable University (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012). Martin is a professor of English at Mount Ida College (Mass.) and Samels is president and CEO of The Education Alliance.

In this brief piece from University Business magazine, they synopsize the history and future of polytechnicss, using some rising stars to make their point about "the quiet renaissance occurring at institutions where the captains of engineering innovation are educated in the new global economy."