American EE students need exposure to new technologies and design techniques that did not exist 10 to 15 years ago, but are also under fire for not having a solid grasp of basic science and math skills.
How do you feel the issue can be addressed to create engineers able to deal with competition
and design pressures in the new disruptive engineering environment?
Ramon M. Cerda, Crystek Corporation
Jim Toth, Director of Innovation Projects, Tyco Electronics
We find that students who have had significant intern or co-op experience seem to be more attuned to the “realities” of the design and development process.
We understand that engineering schools have a finite number of classroom hours and curriculum choices for EE students. And while we expect graduating students to be aware of the advances in technology, a solid grasp of engineering fundamentals is far more important.
The intricacies of our unique technologies and manufacturing processes are things that can be learned on the job as long as they have the proper foundation, particularly in analog, which often gets short shrift today with so much emphasis on digital technology.
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August: What technology trends do you feel will dominate the development of next-generation displays?
September: What are the most important factors to consider when developing a new product?
October: Do you think Solid-State lighting will displace traditional incandescents?