Engineering Research and America's Future: Meeting the Challenges of a Global Economy

Engineering Research and America's Future: Meeting the Challenges of a Global Economy

by Committee to Assess the Capacity of the U.S. Engineering Research Enterprise, National Academy of Engineering
     
 

ISBN-10: 0309096421

ISBN-13: 9780309096423

Pub. Date: 10/06/2005

Publisher: National Academies Press

Leadership in innovation is essential to U.S. prosperity and security. In a global, knowledge-driven economy, technological innovationâ€"the transformation of new knowledge into products, processes, and services of value to societyâ€"is critical to competitiveness, long-term productivity growth, and an improved quality of life. Preeminence

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Leadership in innovation is essential to U.S. prosperity and security. In a global, knowledge-driven economy, technological innovationâ€"the transformation of new knowledge into products, processes, and services of value to societyâ€"is critical to competitiveness, long-term productivity growth, and an improved quality of life. Preeminence in technological innovation depends on a wide array of factors, one of which is leadership in engineering research, education, and practice. A threedecade- long decline in the share of federal investment in research and development devoted to engineering and a perceived erosion of basic, long-term engineering research capability in U.S. industry and federal laboratories have raised serious questions about the long-term health of engineering research in the United States. This book illustrates the critical role of engineering research in maintaining U.S. technological leadership; documents major challenges and opportunities facing the U.S. engineering research enterprise; and offers specific recommendations for leaders in federal and state government, industry, and universities to help strengthen U.S. engineering research in the face of intensifying global competition.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780309096423
Publisher:
National Academies Press
Publication date:
10/06/2005
Pages:
60
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.20(d)

Table of Contents

Engineering research : the engine of innovation9
Challenges to sustained leadership12
Imbalance in the research portfolio13
Decline in long-term research15
Erosion of the engineering research infrastructure16
Endangered technical workforce17
Role of colleges and universities21
Discovery-innovation institutes : a path ahead24

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