Educating Scientists and Engineers
Posted on October 29, 2006 Comments (0)
Business Week has an articles discussing what business would like to see from graduates, Biotech’s Beef:
There are several weaknesses. First, recent grads lack the technical knowledge to carry out applied research in areas that straddle engineering, math, and computers. Second, job candidates have little awareness of what the Food & Drug Administration is looking for when it considers whether or not to approve a drug. Recent grads simply aren’t familiar with issues such as quality control and regulatory affairs.
This general idea is not new. But, as always (and probably more so if the nature of what is needed is changing faster today than in the past) the changing environment does require universities (and students, at least those that want to work in industry) to adapt.
U.S. colleges take the problem seriously. State university systems in California, Wisconsin, and elsewhere are adding more industry-oriented classes.
Related: Engineering the Future Economy – Diplomacy and Science Research – Engineers in the Workplace – Phony Science Gap? – Economic Benefits and Science Higher Education – The Economic Benefits of Math