June 22, 2008
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Ensuring a Strong U.S. Engineering Workforce for Technology Innovation and Competitiveness: A Partnership between Academia and Industry
Engineering is a creative profession, concerned with the combining of human, material, and economic resources to meet the needs of society … for the advancement and betterment of human welfare. National Collaborative Task Force on Engineering Graduate Education Reform ─ 2008
This is the first of four invited papers prepared for the special session of the National Collaborative Task Force on Engineering Graduate Education Reform. This paper presents an overview of the National Collaborative initiative, its purpose, and the unique partnership that is occurring between academia and industry in advancing professional graduate engineering education for engineering practice in order to strengthen the innovative capacity of the U.S. Engineering Workforce in industry for world-class competitiveness and national security purposes.
2. Strengthening U.S. Engineering Education for Competitiveness
Today, as never before, America’s future technological competitiveness will depend largely on our ability to innovate and to revitalize the core capacity for continuous innovation within the U.S. Engineering Workforce in America’s industry. 1 Innovation ... as the Council on Competitiveness points out ... “will be the single most important factor in determining America’s success through the 21st century.”2
To compete … America must innovate.
Consequently, as the National Academies’ report, Rising above the Gathering Storm, recommends, we must “ensure that the United States is the premier place in the world to innovate.” 3
2.1 Statement of the Problem
But a disturbing reality is now apparent that must be corrected. Over the last several decades, 1960’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, the nation has invested wisely, because of 1945 U.S. science policy in fostering world preeminence of research-oriented graduate education for the U.S. Scientific Workforce for basic research and ‘discovery’ at the universities, and must continue to do so.4 But it has not made a parallel investment and balanced educational emphasis during this same time period in fostering professionally-oriented graduate education, beyond entry level engineering, that supports the further development of the U.S. Engineering Workforce in industry ─ which is the nation’s primary engineering resource and creative wellspring for the generation, development and innovation of U.S. technology for competitiveness.
2.1 What is the Problem that We Want to Fix ?
Although the United States has led the world in basic research and research-based graduate education for the nation’s scientific workforce at the universities for ‘discovery’, inquiry and scientific investigation, the National Collaborative Task Force concludes that research-based graduate education does not meet the full spectrum of professional educational needs of the engineer and engineering leader in industry nor does it reflect the modern practice of engineering and the engineering method for
Keating, D., & Stanford, T., & Rencis, J., & DeLoatch, E., & Noori, M., & Sullivan, E., & Woodall, D., & Egbert, N., & Quick, D., & McHenry, A., & Olson, R., & Truesdale, S., & Lindquist, T., & Palmer, H., & Tidwell, J., & Smith, M., & Dunlap, D., & Schuver, M., & Segner, E., & Tricamo, S., & Farbrother, B., & Burbank, K., & Purdy, C., & Holmes, R. (2008, June), Ensuring A Strong U.S. Engineering Workforce For Technology Innovation And Competitiveness: A Partnership Between Academia And Industry Paper presented at 2008 Annual Conference & Exposition, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. https://peer.asee.org/3188
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