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Future Engineers Benefit from ISA Student Sections

In a prior blog post, I talked about how ISA student sections present opportunities for members to shape future generations of automation professionals. This article focuses on the benefits students receive from active participation in section activities. Given the difference in levels of education, one might conclude that the student sections at Francis Tuttle Technology […]

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Should STEM Education Programs Include the Arts?

Michael J. Gelb, author of the book How to Think like Leonardo da Vinci, gave a thought-provoking keynote presentation at an Emerson Exchange. He posed the notion that STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education should be expanded to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) education. Certainly his presentation about Leonardo da Vinci and his […]

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The Challenges of Attracting Millennials to Industrial Careers

There has been considerable discussion of late about the mass retirements of baby boomers from the industrial workforce and the lack of appropriate talent to fill the gap. Many baby boomers believe that the younger generation—the millennial generation—is not up to the task and that young people have no interest in taking on the challenges. […]

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Shaping the Future of Our Profession and Association

In a few days, an event will take place in two American cities that will play an important role in encouraging high school students to pursue careers in engineering and automation. The 2017 FIRST® Championship – an annual celebration of young people’s passion for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) – will take place 19-22 […]

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The Most Empowering 4 Letter Word

A couple of weeks ago I gave a presentation, entitled “Are we there yet?”,  to a group of attendees – a mixed bag of engineering students, a few employees, and employers – at the National Society of Black Engineers 42nd Annual Conference in Boston. The session was  focused on diversity & inclusion or D&I. I […]

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Four Myths About Why We Have a Shortage of Engineers

There seems to be a wealth of articles detailing the problems the automation industry has finding and developing new talent. There are statistics that say there is a shortage of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) students in our universities, that there are not dedicated degrees that focus on automation, and that the demographics in […]

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Creating Twenty-First Century Learning Systems

A highly skilled workforce is the lifeblood of any successful company, industry, or national economy. The U.S. has been the breeding ground for the world’s most innovative economy, companies, and products in large part because it offered a diverse pool of talented, highly educated workers. But evidence of a decline is surfacing, precipitated by three […]

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