Nothing new here. The latest survey from the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago has found a decline in the number of doctoral science and engineering (S&E) degrees earned in 2002. According to data in the 2002 Survey of Earned Doctorates, the 24,500 S&E degrees earned nationwide represent the lowest number since 1993. To view the report, go to www.norc.uchicago.edu/issues/docdata.htm.
The new composites manufacturing innovation center is intended to be a source of grand challenges for industry, like the kind that got us to the moon under JFK. These aren't the words its new CEO Craig Blue used, but that's the idea and the vision behind the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI).
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.