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Enabling a Strong U.S. Engineering Workforce for Leadership of Technology Development and Innovation in Industry: Critical Skill-Sets for Early Career Development Leading to the Professional Master of Engineering
This is the second of four papers prepared for a special panel session of the National Collaborative Task Force on Engineering Graduate Education Reform that is focusing on the deliberate advancement of professional engineering graduate education to enhance the innovative capacity of the U.S. engineering workforce in industry for global competitiveness. Founded in 2000, the National Collaborative Task Force is an initiative of the ASEE-Graduate Studies Division, Corporate Members Council, and College Industry Partnership Division. The National Collaborative is comprised of leaders from industry, academia, and government all coming together to advance engineering education for the practice of engineering in the national interest. This paper describes the critical skills identified by industry as essential for early career development of engineers at the project management level and formulates an integrative educational approach leading to the professional Master of Engineering for responsible engineering leadership of systematic technology development & innovation.
2. Professional Education for Engineers – The New Challenge for Industrial Innovation
While the U.S. system of graduate education continues to set the world standard and sustains the preeminence of the U.S. scientific workforce for basic research at the universities, the National Collaborative Task Force is leading a major reform in professionally oriented engineering graduate education to enhance the innovative capacity of the U.S. engineering workforce in industry to retain U.S. preeminence in engineering practice for technology development & innovation to enhance competitiveness.
2.1 The Modern Practice of Engineering for Leadership of the Continuous Technology Development & Innovation Process in Industry
A new paradigm of the practice of engineering for the creation (invention), design, development, and innovation of new / improved / breakthrough technology has emerged for economic prosperity and the nation’s defense which is substantially different from that portrayed by science policy of 1945 for the development of technology. The reform of professional engineering graduate education is mandated by the new paradigm that has occurred in the practice of engineering for creating, developing, and innovating new, improved, and breakthrough technology as a systematic practice of engineering (See Appendix A). Contrary to popular belief, engineers do not simply apply existing technology to contemporary problems or sequentially transfer results from basic research into development as the primary driver for creative engineering practice. What engineers apply is their use of the engineering
Dunlap, D., & Bardo, J., & Keating, D., & Stanford, T., & DeLoatch, E., & McHenry, A., & Tidwell, J., & Latif, N., & Schuver, M., & Depew, D., & Olson, R., & Quick, D., & Tricamo, S., & Truesdale, S., & Snellenberger, J., & Palmer, H., & Noori, M., & Gonzalez Landis, K., & Bennett, R. (2006, June), Enabling A Strong U.S. Engineering Workforce For Leadership Of Technology Development And Innovation In Industry: Critical Skill Sets For Early Career Development Leading To The Professional Master Of Engineering Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. 10.18260/1-2--768
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