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Enabling a Strong U.S. Engineering Workforce for Leadership of Technology Development and Innovation in Industry: Setting a New Vision for Integrative Professional Graduate Education in Engineering Practice
This is the first 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 reports on the progress that the National Collaborative is making and it describes the transformation required in engineering education 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. The reform necessitates a new type of professionally oriented engineering education at the graduate level that better develops the innovative capacity of the U.S. engineering workforce in industry for competitiveness and that better supports the innovation skills required of engineers at all levels of leadership responsibility for technology innovation.
2. The New Economy ─ The Importance of Engineering to U.S. Competitiveness
During the 20th century, America built its engineering preeminence and technological infrastructure for both civilian needs and defense purposes on its world-class capability for creative engineering practice in industry and mission oriented government service. Industry’s core engineering competence for creative technology development and innovation has been supported by a system of engineering education envied by other countries. But during the last decades a noticeable decline in U.S. technological competitiveness began to emerge that is now being correlated in part with challenges by other nations and with how we educate U.S. engineers at the graduate level for the professional practice of engineering in industry.
2.1 Challenges to U.S. Technological Leadership
As the United States competes in the 21st century, it is facing new strategic environments for innovation. America is being challenged today as never before. Other nations are investing heavily in the development of their engineering workforce as a key ingredient to their success. As a consequence, the importance of developing the U.S. engineering workforce in industry is becoming a national priority to accelerate America’s thrust for technological innovation.
Keating, D., & Stanford, T., & Bardo, J., & DeLoatch, E., & Dunlap, D., & McHenry, A., & Tidwell, J., & Latif, N., & Schuver, M., & Quick, D., & Depew, D., & Olson, R., & Truesdale, S., & Snellenberger, J., & Tricamo, S., & 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: Setting A New Vision For Integrative Professional Graduate Education In Engineering Practice Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. https://peer.asee.org/239
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