The Engineering Jobs Picture

Within engineering, job postings outnumbered the unemployed by 1.3 to one in electronic and electrical engineering and by more than three to one in indus­trial, health and safety engineering, reports Change the Equation, a nonprofit that promotes education in science, technology, engineering, and math. The group based its findings on an analysis of online job postings and unemployment data.

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NASA Provides a Launch Pad for Student Experiments

For the second year, NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia is sending student experiments 98 miles into space as part of an educational project called RockSat-X, a joint effort between the space agency and the Colorado Space Grant Consortium. This year’s experiments were developed by teams from Baylor University and Virginia Tech, the University of Colorado at Boulder, and the University of Puerto Rico.

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Student Platform for Engineering Education Development (SPEED)

SPEED is a global, non-profit student organization that seeks to make an impact on engineering education and its effect on society and the environment. Promoting a system that is productive, inclusive, and forward-thinking, it provides a platform for global communication about engineering education among students as well as between students and other stakeholders. SPEED also strives to build a support network for students, empowering them to take action locally and globally in improving their educational environments.

25,000 Sign Open-access Petition

Launched May 13, this petition on the White House website calls on the Obama administration to require free access over the Internet to scientific journal articles arising from taxpayer-funded research. “Expanding access would speed the research process and increase the return on our investment in scientific research,” it says. According to rules for such petitions, the 25,000 signatures entitle petitioners to a response from the administration. Opponents of open access, including publishers and professional societies, argue that it would bankrupt journals. In February, well before the petition was posted, the New York Times reported that the administration would take a “measured approach” and not issue specific recommendations.