Not enough U.S. engineers?

Denis Fred Simon, Cong Cao, Ron Hira, Rick Rashid

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Abstract

Vivek Wadhwa, Gary Gereffi, Ben Rissing and Ryan Ong from Duke University have researched into their study of engineering education in the United States, India and China. The authors highlight the decrease in the number of technical schools and their associated teachers and staff as evidence to support their claims about the weaknesses in the Chinese data. The article's controversy that one of the rationales for China to enlarge enrollments in science and engineering education is to reduce engineering salaries is supported by neither the wage data nor the official policy pronouncements. The authors' most significant contribution is an analysis of hiring statistics regarding US engineers. Their findings believe that there is a consistent shortage of US engineering labor, calling into question the usefulness of doubling the number of engineering graduates, the principle policy response proposed by the leaders, chief executive officer and university president alike.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5-9
Number of pages5
JournalIssues in science and technology
Volume23
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jun 1 2007

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