Engineering the Future Economy
Posted on September 17, 2006 Comments (11)
Today most nations, that have their act together, realize high tech jobs and a highly educated workforce are a huge key to economic success and they (governments often, but also companies, rich individuals and foundations) are taking action to position their country to do well. Anyone that is serious about this should read about How to cultivate Your Own Silicon Valley.
Related: The World’s Best Research Universities – Science and Engineering in Global Economics – Global Share of Engineering Work – U.S. Slipping on Science – Chinese Engineering Innovation Plan – Worldwide Science and Engineering Doctoral Degree Data
Where’d The Whiz Kids Go? by Nick Perry:
A once-proud hub of innovation left to languish as brilliant people, new ideas and dazzling products bubble up elsewhere. An urban wasteland that’s left wondering — as Detroit was with cars — how it lost its mojo with software and the Internet.
That’s the dire message Microsoft’s top executives are sending to legislators, educators and anyone else who will listen.
Here is some interesting data:
Since then, despite Ballmer’s fist pounding, that figure has likely worsened. Among the 33,000 Microsofties working in Puget Sound, at least 11,000 are foreign-born.
I believe one of the things happening now is that many other countries are creating environments where leading scientists and engineers can more readily find rewarding (financially and professionally) careers. This is a good thing for the world. It means the United States risks losing the economic benefits that science, engineering and technology centers of employments provide as more world class scientists find opportunities elsewhere.
The costs of not making the right decisions today to support and develop a science and engineering economy will be great. I still believe, the USA is in the best position going forward and I also believe: