Why the World Needs More Engineers

Posted on September 3, 2009  Comments (1)

Why the World Needs More Engineers by Sir James Dyson

I have always advocated for investment in engineering – to both improve society and stimulate economies.

Today, the focus is on sustainability and making products and technology that will spur on economic recovery. Three billion dollars have been invested in the National Science Foundation already this year. And the U.S. plans to put more money into science research than ever before.

This is encouraging. We need to take a long term view of how engineering fits into our lives – from education and training, to job creation. The US, like the UK, needs more science and math teachers. But we also need to renew interest in these vital and pioneering fields.

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One Response to “Why the World Needs More Engineers”

  1. Tim Blakemore
    September 17th, 2009 @ 6:29 am

    I think part of the problem is that the word “engineer” just isn’t cool anymore. This is in part due to many non technical professions using terms like “technician” and “engineer” in their description. An example would be “nail technician” at a beauty parlour.

    As an engineer myself, I wholly believe that the perceptions of those in the engineering and science professions need to change.

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