Engineers already know firsthand that their jobs are being outsourced overseas, but wonder what President Bush is hearing for advice on what to do about it? The President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) released a report in January on information technology manufacturing and competitiveness, called "Sustaining the Nation's Innovation Ecosystems." The report details U.S. vulnerability in the innovation sector, and the emerging Asian strength in innovation due largely in part to government support. To read the report, go to this website: www.ostp.gov/pcast/FINALPCASTITManuf%20ReportPackage.pdf.
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.