Georgia Tech and the Georgia Research Alliance recently hosted the Natioal Engineering Forum, which focused on three engineering challenges: capacity, capability, and competitiveness. To mark the event, Gary May, dean of the College of Engineering and Thomas A. Fanning, chairman, president and CEO of the Southern Company, wrote an opinion piece:
Call it the battle of the studies.
On one side, studies by some economists show that our nation has more science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workers than it needs.
They contend that STEM workers often have difficulty finding employment.
On the other side, studies by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and think tanks such as the U.S. Council on Competitiveness trace a decline in U.S. competitiveness to the insufficient production of engineers and scientists.