ASEE Statement on Federal Investment in Engineering Education

January 17, 2017

The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), with a membership of over 400 academic institutions, 50 corporations, and 12,000 individuals, is the pre-eminent authority on the education of engineering professionals. ASEE’s mission is to advance innovation, excellence, and access at all levels of education for the engineering profession.

As a new administration and Congress assume office, ASEE urges that bipartisan support for engineering education and research continue and, if possible, increase. Policymakers have long recognized the contribution of engineering to national security and to advances in healthcare, energy independence, and efficient infrastructure.

Engineering drives economic growth, international competitiveness, and national security. Restoring American infrastructure and improving cybersecurity will depend on engineers. As educators, we are now training the next generation of designers, builders, and inventors. Robust support for engineering education at all levels and investment in research and development is essential to ensure an entrepreneurial, innovative, secure, and economically vibrant United States for years to come.

Engineering education enables socio-economic progress for all Americans and is a job multiplier; engineers launch and grow businesses (and entire new industries) that drive employment. ASEE thus encourages policy makers to support investment in those entities and individuals who practice engineering education at all age levels.

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Many pieces of national legislation important to ASEE members are introduced and voted on each year. Several of these bills address STEM education funding at the K-16 levels, but can incorporate any of a number of issues dealing with engineering education, including research dollars, student preparation, and more.
ASEE represents its members in these efforts in a variety of ways:

  • ASEE staff visit members of congress and their staffers to discuss the importance of engineering education and associated legislation
  • ASEE is part of a number of coalitions that seek to influence legislation
  • ASEE signs on in support of relevant pieces of legislation and takes public stances on these bills
  • ASEE participates in several “congressional visit days” around the issue of STEM education

Each year ASEE hosts a Public Policy Colloquium which brings together the nation’s deans with the goal of strengthening the discussion of engineering education and research issues between the engineering deans and key public policy makers, and to enable the deans to refine their public policy agenda. Part of this event includes participants visiting their representatives on Capitol Hill.

ASEE produces the weekly “Capitol Shorts” newsletter keeping members abreast of important developments in Congress and federal agencies. Visit the link to subscribe and read back issues.

Read statements from the ASEE Board of Directors on various public policy topics.

Watch the video, Close the Innovation Deficit.

Letters to the Editor

Read letters to the editor in major publications from ASEE presidents on classroom instruction and best techniques for teaching STEM students.

ASEE Statement on Federal Investment in Engineering Education

January 17, 2017

The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), with a membership of over 400 academic institutions, 50 corporations, and 12,000 individuals, is the pre-eminent authority on the education of engineering professionals. ASEE’s mission is to advance innovation, excellence, and access at all levels of education for the engineering profession.

As a new administration and Congress assume office, ASEE urges that bipartisan support for engineering education and research continue and, if possible, increase. Policymakers have long recognized the contribution of engineering to national security and to advances in healthcare, energy independence, and efficient infrastructure.

Engineering drives economic growth, international competitiveness, and national security. Restoring American infrastructure and improving cybersecurity will depend on engineers. As educators, we are now training the next generation of designers, builders, and inventors. Robust support for engineering education at all levels and investment in research and development is essential to ensure an entrepreneurial, innovative, secure, and economically vibrant United States for years to come.

Engineering education enables socio-economic progress for all Americans and is a job multiplier; engineers launch and grow businesses (and entire new industries) that drive employment. ASEE thus encourages policy makers to support investment in those entities and individuals who practice engineering education at all age levels.

(End of Statement)

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Many pieces of national legislation important to ASEE members are introduced and voted on each year. Several of these bills address STEM education funding at the K-16 levels, but can incorporate any of a number of issues dealing with engineering education, including research dollars, student preparation, and more.
ASEE represents its members in these efforts in a variety of ways:

  • ASEE staff visit members of congress and their staffers to discuss the importance of engineering education and associated legislation
  • ASEE is part of a number of coalitions that seek to influence legislation
  • ASEE signs on in support of relevant pieces of legislation and takes public stances on these bills
  • ASEE participates in several “congressional visit days” around the issue of STEM education

Each year ASEE hosts a Public Policy Colloquium which brings together the nation’s deans with the goal of strengthening the discussion of engineering education and research issues between the engineering deans and key public policy makers, and to enable the deans to refine their public policy agenda. Part of this event includes participants visiting their representatives on Capitol Hill.

ASEE produces the weekly “Capitol Shorts” newsletter keeping members abreast of important developments in Congress and federal agencies. Visit the link to subscribe and read back issues.

Read statements from the ASEE Board of Directors on various public policy topics.

Watch the video, Close the Innovation Deficit.

Letters to the Editor

Read letters to the editor in major publications from ASEE presidents on classroom instruction and best techniques for teaching STEM students.