Engineering Shortages Could Restrict U.S.
Marquette Seeks to Increase Enrollment through Innovative Fundraising
Drive : Dean Will Wear Blue and Gold Shoes
Until $1 Million is Raised
College of Engineering is undertaking efforts to increase
enrollment and stem the tide of future engineering shortages in
States. A recent report from the National Science Foundation (NSF)
indicates that there is a “ troubling decline in the number of
U.S. citizens who are training to become scientists and engineers,
whereas the number of jobs requiring science and engineering training
continues to grow.”
The report, prepared by the National Science Board
for the NSF, also concludes that if trends continue the United
States will lose its ability to fill the growing demand for science
and engineering jobs, yielding our global standing to nations
such as China and India who are training thousands more engineers
and scientists than is the U.S.
Dr. Stanley Jaskolski, Dean of the Marquette University College
of Engineering and former board member of the NSF, agrees with
industry and academic assessments that if we lose our ability
to provide these technically skilled workers to the world, we
will be diminished in our capacity to lead in the global economy.
"The drivers of our economic growth are clearly going to
come from the science and technology sectors. If the American
workforce cannot compete for these jobs, our national economic
growth will be put in great peril. We've simply got to start earlier,
train more students in math and science, and get them into engineering
programs like ours here at Marquette."
"It is our responsibility to do everything we can to attract
quality students. Many times the barrier is financial – a scholarship
can make all the difference. That's why we're putting increased
emphasis on raising the funds we need to increase financial aid
opportunities and reverse the trend of decreasing enrollments."
The NSB report shows that more engineers, particularly at the
doctoral level, are retiring at a greater rate than young engineers
in the education pipeline will be able to replace. At the same
time, other nations are increasing their investments in teaching,
recruiting and retaining a highly skilled scientific workforce.
Dean Jaskolski is putting his best foot forward in an innovative
approach to raise scholarship funds for Marquette engineering
students. He'll wear blue and gold Allen Edmonds shoes until $1
million is raised to match a gift from an anonymous donor. The
donor has offered a $1 million challenge for the College of Engineering
scholarship endowment if Marquette can match that amount within
Dean Jaskolski thinks we can do it faster, and his wife agreed,
offering to make the first donation to the effort. However, there
was a catch. She said she would only give the money if Stan wore
special blue and gold Allen Edmonds shoes every single day until
the $1 million goal is reached.
Dean Jaskolski remarked, “I've been getting some interesting
looks from people who aren't used to seeing an engineer in such
colorful footwear. I just hope they remind us each and every day
to keep our eye on the goal – a total of $2 million to help get
the engineers of tomorrow through the doors here at Marquette.”
The National Science Foundation Report can be found at: http://www.nsf.gov/sbe/srs/nsb0407/start.htm
Photos of Dean Jaskolski in the blue and gold shoes are available.
Contact Brigid O'Brien at 414-288-7445 for more information.