Engineering Trends, June 2012

In August, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) will open a new engineering building. The Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC) is a “200,000-square-foot building with four floors of classrooms, labs and conference rooms, (and) will provide students with hands-on engineering experience.”

Local energy companies provided funding for EPIC to help create “a program that would prepare engineering students for the growing Charlotte energy sector.” According to the article, the college’s engineering programs, including electrical, civil and mechanical will be combined in EPIC with concentrations in energy and real-world industry practice.

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The Agence France-Presse (AFP) recently published an article with details of the developing competition between airline companies to recruit the top aerospace engineers. Due to a projected shortage of qualified engineers over the next 20 years, companies such as Airbus and Boeing are focused on attracting engineering talent that can fill the needs of the aerospace industry.

Click here to read the article, which interviews industry leaders from several companies and details the truly international expansion of the aerospace industry.

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Two university professors recently wrote a commentary piece for The Chronicle of Higher Education regarding the national interest of encouraging students in the STEM disciplines. The article discusses the feasibility of the U.S. to produce “approximately one million more (STEM) workers over the next decade” as reported by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

The article has a positive tone about the possibility of such a large increase in STEM graduates and discusses three recommendations and how to follow through with actions. Read the article for more information

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