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naperlou
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naperlou   4/29/2013 11:46:08 AM
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Chuck, this is a very instructive list.  It is good to see so many talented people who were educated as engineers.  This is also germaine to the higher education debate going on in this country.  We are often afraid of the rising power of countries like China and India, at least partly becuase they are graduating so many engineers.  At the same time there are articles and columns in American papers talking about the diminishing returns of a college degree.  The problem with those analyses is that they lump all degrees together.  We don't need more social workers and english majors, do we?  We need more engineers, as evidenced by the debate on H1B visas.  Even if some of those engineering grads don't spend most of their career as practicing engnieers, they typically bring analytical skills to areas of endeavour that help them to be successful.  We need more of that.

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Elizabeth M   4/29/2013 4:18:49 AM
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Ah, OK, I just sort of meant it anecdotally, Rich, as it seems like so much of the innovation we write about comes out of MIT. I am sure a case can be made for more than one institution to be the best...I certainly didn't mean to offend anyone at the other fine engineering universities out there!

Here is a link to someone's list of top undergraduate engineering schools...MIT is at the top but as you can see of course there are a number of other fine schools: http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/rankings/engineering

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Charles Murray   4/26/2013 5:52:27 PM
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Any thoughts on why we're not seeing any EEs on this list? Was there such a thing as an EE degree in Hitchcock's day?

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richnass   4/26/2013 7:39:27 AM
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Elizabeth, you'd better be careful with that one (saying that MIT is ther best you can get). I'm sure many people would debate that. You'd certainly have to define "best."

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Elizabeth M   4/26/2013 5:36:47 AM
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Well, I guess if you're going to get an engineering degree, you might as well go big. I would say MIT is the best you can get!

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Charles Murray   4/25/2013 8:26:45 PM
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Mechanical engineer Eric Fisher was the first player chosen in tonight's NFL draft.

http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/2013/4/25/4179478/nfl-draft-results-2013-eric-fisher-kansas-city-chiefs-first-overall

 

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Rob Spiegel   4/25/2013 7:51:43 PM
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Thanks Nadine. I knew somebody would challenge me when I noted I didn't see the engineer in Hitchcock's work. Perhaps he gets the extra credit for making his engineering approach seem natural and un-engineered.

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Eric Fisher
Charles Murray   4/25/2013 7:43:52 PM
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I see that mechanical engineer Eric Fisher is projected to be the first player picked in the NFL draft, which takes place in about 15 minutes.

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Charles Murray   4/25/2013 7:40:56 PM
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Good point, Al. I, too, was surprised that there were no electrical engineers on the list. I can't imagine why. I have actually bumped into a few other names since publishing the article, but none of those were EEs either.  

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Re: Interesting read...I was almost wondering
Charles Murray   4/25/2013 7:28:04 PM
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There are a few engineers in Congress, TJ. I was amazed, however, to learn from commenter Dave Palmer that there are 15 engineers in Congress. I now know of a couple others -- Cliff Stearns (who was recently voted out) and Dan Lipinski of Illinois. But 15 surprised me. Thanks to Dave Palmer for that info.

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