cover story this month, Engineering Their Way
to the Top, describes the increasing importance of engineers
to the bottom line at many companies. An engineering degree hasn't
always been the best way to influence the corporate environment an
MBA has, in the past, provided better access to prestige and executive-level
power. Today, however, more and more companies are recognizing that
management skills and technical expertise are both essential to corporate
growth. Companies such as IBM, General Electric, Microsoft, Cisco, and
Bell Labs are rewarding exceptional engineers and scientists by giving
them Fellow or Distinguished Engineer status. While the power and autonomy
of engineers in these positions vary from company to company, the rewards
A. Wulf, president of the National Academy of Engineering, is the subject
of the article, A Quiet Sort of Revolutionary.
Dr. Wulf tells how he became an engineer and how inadvertent choices
led him to what he calls the best job in the world. Wulf wants to see
major changes take place in engineering education, and this article
examines how he is working to effect these changes.
the Pinch looks at the fiscal crisis that exists in many states.
According to the National Association of State Budget Officers, 40 states
are battling budget shortfalls that total nearly $40 billion. The challenge
is how to meet the growing demand for quality education in these difficult
Prism expands our corporate coverage, focusing specifically on the relationship
between engineering education and industry. Our cover story about engineers
in corporate America is the beginning of this coverage. In this new
section, there is also an opinion piece from the corporate
perspective Boeing vice president Robert Spitzer talks about
the challenges facing both industry and engineering education and the
importance of working together. This special corporate section will
appear three times a year.
I welcome your comments and suggestions.
Executive Director and Publisher