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NATIONAL NEEDS AND TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGE: A BACKGROUND PAPER 38 two terms. This group will look at the role of education and training—at the undergraduate, graduate, and continuing or lifelong levels—in meeting the changing needs of our engineering work force. Education and training includes not only that provided by formal courses of instruction, but also that provided by industry inhouse. Among the issues that the group will consider are the following: • Broad versus narrower undergraduate engineering programs in promoting adaptability: Watson (1989) contends that the key to increasing the adaptability of chemical engineers for work in other fields is to include broader and additional training in the chemical engineering curriculum, while Woodall (1989) points out that the nuclear engineering curriculum could be used as a model for the development of an inherently flexible engineering training program.

The United States is now in a fundamentally new situation in which competitiveness is qualitatively different from what it was in the past. Within the last 30 years, the economy has become increasingly international in character. Furthermore, since the mid-1960s, the United States' economic performance has deteriorated and changes in the international economic environment have narrowed the technological gap between the United States and other industrial economies (Cyert and Mowery, 1987). The more rapid 3 Robert M.

Finn 73 Adaptability of the Engineering Work Force: Information Available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics by Alan Eck 83 Adaptability in Chemical Engineering by J. S. Watson 113 Nuclear Engineering Case Study by David M. Woodall 129 Adapting to Computer Science by Saul Gore 141 About this PDF file: This new digital representation of the original work has been recomposed from XML files created from the original paper book, not from the original typesetting files. Page breaks are true to the original; line lengths, word breaks, heading styles, and other typesetting-specific formatting, however, cannot be retained, and some typographic errors may have been accidentally inserted.

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