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Adaptability of the
US Engineering and
Technical Workforce

PROCEEDINGS OF A WORKSHOP

Kenan Patrick Jarboe and Steve Olson, Rapporteurs

Steering Committee on Preparing the Engineering and Technical
Workforce for Adaptability and Resilience to Change

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The workshop was directly supported by contributions from GE, the US Department of Energy Advanced Manufacturing Office, EY, Allied Minds, Dassault Systèmes, and Nicholas Donofrio. The workshop also relied on past contributions for the Making Value for America foundational report from the Robert A. Pritzker Family Foundation, Gordon E. Moore, Cummins, Boeing, IBM, Rockwell Collins, Xerox, Qualcomm, and gifts to the National Academy of Engineering Fund by Jon Rubinstein and Edward Horton. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication do not necessarily reflect the views of any organization or agency that provided support for the project.

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Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. Adaptability of the US Engineering and Technical Workforce: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25016.
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Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. Adaptability of the US Engineering and Technical Workforce: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25016.
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STEERING COMMITTEE ON PREPARING THE ENGINEERING AND TECHNICAL WORKFORCE FOR ADAPTABILITY AND RESILIENCE TO CHANGE

Theresa Kotanchek, Chair, Chief Executive Officer and Cofounder, Evolved Analytics LLC

Linda Argote, David M. and Barbara A. Kirr Professor of Organizational Behavior and Theory, Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University

Ewa A. Bardasz (NAE), President and Cofounder, Zual Associates in Lubrication LLC

Betsy Brand, Executive Director, American Youth Policy Forum

Nicholas M. Donofrio (NAE), Fellow Emeritus and Former Executive Vice President of Innovation and Technology, IBM Corporation

Ann F. McKenna, Director, Polytechnic School, and Professor, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, Arizona State University

Mary Ann Pacelli, Manager, Workforce Development, Manufacturing Extension Partnership, National Institute of Standards and Technology

Annette Parker, President, South Central College

Wanda K. Reder (NAE), Chief Strategy Officer, S&C Electric Company

Christian D. Schunn, Professor of Psychology and Senior Scientist, Learning Research and Development Center, University of Pittsburgh

Ernest J. Wilson III, Founding Director, Center for Third Space Thinking, University of Southern California

NAE Staff

Proctor P. Reid, Director of Programs

Kenan P. Jarboe, Senior Program Officer

Michael Holzer, Senior Program Assistant

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Acknowledgments

This Proceedings of the Workshop on the Adaptability of the Engineering and Technical Workforce was reviewed in draft form by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in making each published proceedings as sound as possible and to ensure that it meets the institutional standards for quality, objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the charge. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the process.

We thank the following individuals for their review of this proceedings:

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Linda P.B. Katehi (NAE), Chancellor Emerita and Distinguished Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California, Davis

Reviewers:

Ewa A. Bardasz (NAE), President, Zual Associates in Lubrication, LLC

Keith W. Bird, Chancellor Emeritus, Kentucky Community and Technical College System

Brian Blake, Executive Vice President and Nina Henderson Provost, Drexel University

William B. Bonvillian, Lecturer and Senior Director for Special Projects, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Venkatesh (Venky) Narayanamurti (NAE), Benjamin Peirce Research Professor of Technology and Public Policy, Harvard University

Gail G. Norris, US Lead Industry Learning Services, Digital Factory/Process Industries & Drives, Siemens Industry, Inc.

Although the reviewers listed above provided many constructive comments and suggestions, they were not asked to endorse the content of the proceedings nor did they see the final draft before its release. The review of this proceedings was overseen by Janet Hunziker, Senior Program Officer with the National Academy of Engineering. She was responsible for making certain that an independent examination of this proceedings was carried out in accordance with standards of the National Academies and that all review comments were carefully considered. Responsibility for the final content rests entirely with the rapporteurs and the National Academies.

In addition to the steering committee, NAE staff, workshop presenters, and session moderators, we thank all the workshop participants for their lively engagement in the discussion and dialogue and for all the ideas generated.

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Late last year, the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) convened a workshop on Preparing the Engineering and Technical Workforce for Adaptability and Resilience to Change. The workshop springs from the earlier NAE report Making Value for America which described the ongoing transformation in the way in which products and services are conceived, designed, made, and distributed. The workshop focused on the challenges facing the workforce in light of these dramatic changes in the production process, especially the need to constantly renew and learn new skills.

The workshop served to increase stakeholders’ understanding of both the importance of workforce adaptability and the definition and characteristics of adaptability. It also provided an opportunity to share known best practices for fostering adaptability, including identification of barriers and multiple pathways for overcoming those barriers. As important, it helped to identify needs for future study and development. This publication summarizes the presentations and discussions from the workshop.

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