Charles Vest

President, National Academy of Engineering

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President of the National Academy of Engineering in Washington DC and President Emeritus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Yesterday at the  White House Summit on Community Colleges , President Obama said those two- year institutions are “the unsung heroes of America’s education system.”  He said they’ll…

Is America Falling Behind in Science, Engineering?

Yesterday at the White House Summit on Community Colleges , President Obama said those two- year institutions are “the unsung heroes of America’s education system.”  He said they’ll…

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America once led the world in science and engineering, the keys to creating the jobs that generated record-breaking prosperity.

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America once led the world in science and engineering, the keys to creating the jobs that generated record-breaking prosperity.

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