Engineering is the “sine qua non” of technological innovation. Unfortunately, the U.S. is falling behind in the race for global innovation advantage in part because we are unable to efficiently translate research into competitively produced products. This leads to huge trade deficits in advanced technology products and stagnant growth.
Being “best in the world” in scientific discovery is important, but it is not sufficient for keeping any nation viable in today’s global economy. Investments in science produce indispensable knowledge, but these discoveries are a public good that are freely available around the world. It's what comes next that often counts most. The application of scientific knowledge through rigorous engineering allows nations to achieve economic strength and national security.
This panel of leading engineering education experts discussed best practices in engineering education today and the kinds of changes needed to enable the U.S. engineering system to better enable U.S. global innovation-based competitiveness.