As reported by Aviation Week & Space Technology, aerospace companies aren’t attracting nearly enough engineers to replace the wave of baby boomers that are retiring. This gap could have a profound impact on the future of the industry–and the nation. Further reports reveal that the United States is falling dangerously behind other nations in developing its future workforce of scientists, engineers, and technology experts. America now faces a future of intense global competition with a startling shortage of scientists. Only 18 percent of US high school seniors are proficient in science (NAEP 2005). A mere 5 percent of current US college graduates earn science, engineering, or technology degrees compared to 66 percent in Japan and 59 percent in China. Couple these statistics with the fact that current scientists and engineers are retiring in record numbers, and it becomes clear that America faces a crisis in its ability to keep up with increasing demand for professionals trained in these fields. To ensure global competitiveness, we must act now to prepare the next generation of science, engineering, and technology leaders.
In collaboration with the inventor and entrepreneur groups, young entrepreneur organizations and others, i3 Resources will expose youth to the amazing world of Science and Engineering through workshops and training sessions.
As an after school alternative program i3 Resources’ SEEP program will use an interactive approach to learning that will provide an opportunity to immerse participants in the challenging complexities of mechanics, robotics and technology. Working with volunteer mentors, engaging professors, collaborating inventors and engineering professionals, youths’ creative ideas will come alive by involving them in hands-on activities, while challenging them with intriguing puzzles to solve.
Technical/Professional Engineering Workshops
SEEP will also offer Technical and Professional Engineering workshops, providing needed training on the various parameters, codes, and regulations for blast resistant glass and the glass and glazing industry. Our workshops will meet different parameters for blast resistant strategies for government buildings, military bases, court houses, schools, etc. Our initial goal is to collaborate with universities, the National Glass Association and similar organizations that work with companies that must meet required regulations and standards.
Increasingly, cities of the future are made of glass. Even so, American engineering programs do not teach aluminum design analysis or glass and glazing industry issues.
In addition, vocational schools that teach glazing contractors skills are rare.
There is an entire emerging industry on the horizon that offers increased employment, innovation and business profits to those who engage with it early.