Engineering gets a boost from the president
President Obama will encourage students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and math.
The New York Times reports that President Obama "will announce a campaign Monday to enlist companies and nonprofit groups to spend money, time, and volunteer effort to encourage students, especially in middle and high school, to pursue science, technology, engineering, and math, officials say."
The initiative, "called Educate to Innovate, will focus mainly on activities outside the classroom. The other parts of the campaign include a two-year focus on science on 'Sesame Street,' the venerable public television children's show, and a Web site, connectamillionminds.com , set up by Time Warner Cable, that provides a searchable directory of local science activities."
Also, the White House "has also recruited Sally K. Ride, the first American woman in space, and corporate executives like Craig R. Barrett, a former chairman of Intel, and Ursula M. Burns, chief executive of Xerox, to champion the cause of science and math education to corporations and philanthropists."
Annual Salary Survey
After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.