External Reports Overview Presentation for the ENG Advisory Committee By Michael Reischman Deputy Assistant Director for Engineering.
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External Reports Overview Presentation for the ENG Advisory Committee By Michael Reischman Deputy Assistant Director for Engineering
External Reports The Engineer of 2020: Visions of Engineering in the New Century – An NAE study. Innovate America: National Innovation Initiative Report – The Council on Competitiveness study. Assessing the Capacity of the U.S. Engineering Research Enterprise – A preliminary report, an NAE study.
The Engineer of 2020 An NAE Study by the Committee on Engineering Education. Study Chair: G. Wayne Clough, Pres., Ga Tech. Membership: A mixture of university administrators & faculty, journalists, corporate and federal laboratory executives. Report used scenario-based strategic planning. 1 of 2
The Engineer of 2020 Conclusion: Engineering education must synthesize the mastery of fundamental science, mathematics, and physics – with newer fields such as biology -- and skills, such as communications, business and management. 2 of 2 Four Scenarios: 1.Next scientific revolution 2.Biotechnology revolution in a societal context 3.Natural world interrupts the technology cycle 4.Global conflict or globalization
Innovate America A Council on Competitiveness National Innovation Initiative (NII) Report Co-Chairs: –Samuel J. Palmisano, IBM CEO –G. Wayne Clough, President, Ga Tech. Membership: Corporate executives, university presidents, labor leaders. Chartered to shape the national debate on competitiveness. December 2004 report. 1 of 2
Innovate America NII recommendations Talent: Support a culture of collaboration, a symbiotic relationship between research and commercialization, and life-long skill development. Investment: Give innovators the resources and incentives to succeed. Infrastructure: Support new industry-academia alliances, innovation infrastructure, flexible intellectual property climate, strategies to bolster manufacturing, and a national innovation leadership network. 2 of 2
Assessing the Capacity of the U.S. Engineering Research Enterprise An NAE study. Study chair: James J. Duderstadt, Pres. Emeritus, University of Michigan. Membership: University administrators and faculty, corporate and federal lab executives, industry association, consultant. Preliminary report: November 2004; final report: May 2005. 1 of 4
Assessing the Capacity of the U.S. Engineering Research Enterprise Committee is charged to: Evaluate the past and potential impact of the U.S. engineering research enterprise on: –the nations economy, –quality of life, –security, –and global leadership. Evaluate the adequacy of public and private investment to sustain US preeminence in basic engineering research. 2 of 4
Assessing the Capacity of the U.S. Engineering Research Enterprise Findings: Technological innovation is critical to global economic competitiveness, quality of life, and national security. Leadership in engineering research and education is a prerequisite to preeminence in innovation. US leadership in innovation is threatened by other nation’s investment in R&D, workforce development, and global competition. Federal investment in engineering and physical science research is stagnant, mostly from mission agencies and NSF. A technically skilled workforce is essential to a innovation- driven nation. 3 of 4
Assessing the Capacity of the U.S. Engineering Research Enterprise Recommendations: Federal investments in engineering and physical science research and infrastructure should increase significantly. Cultivate US students interest in engineering and science. Develop and implement innovation curricula. Address restrictions in immigration procedures. A BOLD STEP must be taken to secure US leadership in technological innovation –Discovery Innovation Institutes Like ag. experiment stations, academic medical centers; linking discovery, innovation, products, services, systems, and education. Partner with business, medicine, and law across academic disciplines. Funded at the level of FFRDCs or medical centers. A government-wide initiative. 4 of 4