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Indiana Commission Approves IU-Bloomington Engineering Degrees

Indiana University press release


Indiana University will offer degrees in intelligent systems engineering beginning with the 2016-17 academic year, following today's approval of the university’s proposal by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. The new engineering program, the first ever on the IU Bloomington campus, will be housed within the School of Informatics and Computing and will offer bachelor’s and Ph.D. degrees, with a proposal for a master’s degree expected to be developed soon after the program’s launch. Full Article

Rice Named No. 1 for Engineering Major Earnings Potential

Senior Editor Bill Koenig


Rice University was ranked at the best school with an engineering major in terms of earnings potential in an annual report. Full Article

Workforce Pipeline: The Vincennes University HTEC and the Power of Partnerships

J. Douglas Bowman, HTEC Director, Vincennes University


The year was 1989 and Vincennes University’s Machine Trades Technology program was well established as one of the top colleges in the country for producing entry-level tool and die and injection moldmakers through its two-year associate degree program in Vincennes, the oldest town in Indiana. The program’s visionary leader, John Ludlow, with the help of hardworking and dedicated faculty members Joe Merchant, Rick Conwell, Bill Reed, Jim Lucas, and Rick Streepy, along with myself, had crafted an extensive program that trained students in the art of precision machining and the building of complex progressive dies and injection mold tooling.
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Viewpoints: Look to Suppliers to Help Fill Skills Gap

Rob Keenan, President, Seco Tools, LLC


The recent upswing in US manufacturing due in part to rising production costs overseas, higher shipping costs and more companies interested in reshoring has been great for our industry and the nation’s economy. With such growth, however, comes a set of challenges that we, as an industry, must tackle together to continue to increase domestic demand and successfully shape the future of manufacturing in this country. Full Article

Workforce Pipeline: Creating Pathways to Careers in Manufacturing

Jeffrey M. Krause, Executive Director & CEO, SME


We’ve all seen the headlines: “CEOs Say Skills Gap Is Problematic” (U.S. News & World Report); “Manufacturers upbeat, despite workforce concerns” (Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal); “Manufacturing workforce development starts with our youth” (Assembly magazine); and “Local manufacturers work together to attract workers” (The Virginian-Pilot). I could cite many more articles, yet the message would remain consistent—“Even with the most weight given to the broadest indicators—STEM employment and STEM degrees granted—the Index shows there has only been modest gains in overall STEM activity since 2000, indicating that the existing pool of talent is still too shallow to adequately meet demand” (U.S. News & World Report). Full Article

Third Annual 30 Under 30: Recognizing the Future Leaders of Manufacturing

Advanced Manufacturing Media Staff


For the third year, Manufacturing Engineering is proud to celebrate 30 young people under the age of 30 who have demonstrated exceptional talent and leadership in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics—fields that are essential underpinnings to a career in manufacturing. These young people have taken the road less traveled, and we applaud them for it. Full Article

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