Industrial and Management Systems Engineering


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Merkel, K. G., "Some Comments on the Crisis in Engineering and Engineering Tecimology Education," Automated Manufacturing, ASTM STP 862, L. B. Gardner, Ed., American Society for Testing and Materials, Philadelphia, 1985, pp. 229- 234.


Copyright 1985 by ASTM International. Used by permission.


The maintenance of a high-quality technological base in the United States is dependent upon adequately funded engineering programs in American colleges and universities. At the current time, many American engineering educators feel that their academic programs are in a state of crisis with respect to adequacy of resources. A number of foundations associated with large American companies (Exxon, IBM, Amoco, and others) have provided funds designed to aid engineering education. Funded programs at the national level have been proposed in Congress. At the present time, the current level of funding is still inadequate. It will take a national technological crisis to improve this situation.