Academic journal article Research-Technology Management

Engineer Supply Fears Overblown?

Academic journal article Research-Technology Management

Engineer Supply Fears Overblown?

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U.S.-born Ph.D.s declining ... China graduating 10 times as many engineers as U.S. ... Indian computer grads taking U.S. jobs. Headlines like these have fueled alarm over America's ability to maintain its technological leadership in the 21st century.

However, a research project at Duke University concludes that the U.S. is clearly "not in the desperate state that is routinely portrayed." The researchers see "no imminent crisis." Their report, "Framing the Engineering Outsourcing Debate: Placing the United States on a Level Playing Field with China and India," is part of an ongoing study to compare the number of U.S. engineering graduates to those in developing nations. Prepared by graduate students of Duke University's Master of Engineering Management Program, under the guidance of professors Gary Gereffi and Vivek Wadhwa with consulting assistance from Katzenbach Parters, it is available at http://memp.pratt. duke.edu/outsourcing/.

The study concludes that the typical comparisons are not particularly meaningful. …

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