Is America Falling Behind in Science, Engineering?

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America once led the world in science and engineering, the keys to creating the jobs that generated record-breaking prosperity. Last year just four of the top 10 companies receiving US patents were located in the US, and China graduated more English-speaking engineers than America did. With dire warnings about falling behind, Congress is being urged to fund education and research so the US can regain its competitive edge. But if other countries are catching up, is that all bad? As education and knowledge are globalized, won’t the US share in the benefits?

 

 

Credits

Guests:
Charles Vest - President, National Academy of Engineering, Irving Pressley McPhail - President/CEO, National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Miles O'Brien - Science Journalist, PBS' NewsHour, Ben Wildavsky - Senior Fellow, Kauffman Foundation

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Andrea Brody, Christian Bordal