Careers in engineering encompass a variety of occupations that spur the creation of new ideas, advance technology, and are essential to a globally competitive economy and national defense. Increasing the number of Americans studying and pursuing careers in engineering is essential to the preceding points. Shortages in meeting employment demands exist in the number of U.S.
Thanks to funding from the National Science Foundation, this APLU report examines trends in engineering degrees conferred at national and institutional levels to determine areas of growth among various groups, changes in racial, ethnic, and gender diversity in engineering, and which colleges and universities graduate a larger number of underrepresented groups in specific engineering disciplines.
Leo and Elise Silva are both the oldest children in large families, so they have always been involved in teaching children. As professionals, Leo Silva went into the automotive industry and Elise Silva became a teacher. So when they were looking to start their own business and discovered Engineering for Kids, it seemed like a perfect match for them, and they opened a franchise in Las Vegas.
"STEM is “an educational paradigm that integrates both process- and content- oriented curriculum, and is based on standards,” explains author Harry T. Roman. And in IEEE-USA’s new, free March audio book for members, Why STEM Is Important, Roman demystifies the concept--for engineers--and for anyone else who is interested. In clear, direct language, listeners learn what STEM is, what it is not, and why this educational model promises to launch a new era of U.S. economic productivity.
Connected and autonomous vehicles rely on IT hardware and software, an area where the United States has a competitive advantage globally. Congress and the administration should help U.S. industry press that advantage not with auto tariffs, but with more robust innovation policies.
Across the country, there are nearly 6.9 million scientists and engineers, representing 4.8 percent of the nation’s workforce. There are 20 states having at least 100,000 workers in these occupations. Scientists and engineers are concentrated around the nation’s capital, making up the largest share of the workforce in Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has funded a pilot to prepare a curriculum and teachers across the U.S. for a nationwide pre-college course on engineering principles and design. The three-year, $4-million pilot marks an important milestone in the creation of a nationally recognized high school engineering course intended to lead to widely accepted, transferrable credit at the college level.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has invested $150 million in 307 early career engineering and computer science faculty to advance fields from intelligent infrastructure and collaborative robots to secure communications and brain-related technologies. Over the next five years, each researcher will receive up to $500,000 from NSF to build a firm scientific footing for solving challenges and scaling new heights for the nation, as well as serve as academic role models in research and education.
The conclusion from the working paper, The Effects of Scientists and Engineers on Productivity and Earnings at the Establishment Where They Work, by Erling Barth, James C. Davis, Richard B. Freeman, and Andrew J. Wang, is pretty clear for manufacturers and policy advocates for improving U.S. manufacturing: firms should hire as many scientists and engineers as possible.
Although the gender gap in education and employment has narrowed significantly, women are still underrepresented in areas of science, technology, engineering, and math, or STEM fields. Even with the push toward the math and sciences, the number of women choosing to study engineering and physics has remained static since 2012, while the industry continues to grow in global importance.