Statement by ASEE Board of Directors on Trump Administration’s Order on U.S. Immigration by Nationals of Seven Countries

February 1, 2017

The U.S. Presidential Executive Order on immigration enforcement, issued on Friday January 27, may have a significant potential impact on many ASEE institutional members, most notably colleges of engineering and engineering technology.

The majority of engineering graduate students are foreign born, as are a significant number of undergraduates and faculty. An executive order banning visa and green card* holders from seven countries may impact thousands of engineering and engineering technology students and faculty members from continuing their education and/or research in a timely and reasonable manner. And this does not address, of course, the personal hardship and anxiety they are facing.

A talented engineering workforce is needed to tackle the grand challenges of tomorrow. ASEE member institutions are greatly enriched by the talent, intelligence, work ethic, and diversity of thought that international faculty and students bring to their campuses. Many of these students stay in the U.S. after graduation and contribute to the economy, sometimes starting tech-based businesses or impacting entire industries.

Beyond any immediate negative impact, the creation of an atmosphere of uncertainty for international faculty and students may have a dampening impact on our nation’s ability to attract the best talent to engineering.

While ASEE supports every effort to ensure security within our borders, we hope that such efforts will be carried out in such a way as to minimize disruption to those who teach, practice, and study engineering and engineering technology in the U.S.

*As of this writing, on February 1, it appears as though green card holders will be allowed to return to the United States.

(End of Statement)

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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 national 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 people 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.

Statement by ASEE Board of Directors on Trump Administration’s Order on U.S. Immigration by Nationals of Seven Countries

February 1, 2017

The U.S. Presidential Executive Order on immigration enforcement, issued on Friday January 27, may have a significant potential impact on many ASEE institutional members, most notably colleges of engineering and engineering technology.

The majority of engineering graduate students are foreign born, as are a significant number of undergraduates and faculty. An executive order banning visa and green card* holders from seven countries may impact thousands of engineering and engineering technology students and faculty members from continuing their education and/or research in a timely and reasonable manner. And this does not address, of course, the personal hardship and anxiety they are facing.

A talented engineering workforce is needed to tackle the grand challenges of tomorrow. ASEE member institutions are greatly enriched by the talent, intelligence, work ethic, and diversity of thought that international faculty and students bring to their campuses. Many of these students stay in the U.S. after graduation and contribute to the economy, sometimes starting tech-based businesses or impacting entire industries.

Beyond any immediate negative impact, the creation of an atmosphere of uncertainty for international faculty and students may have a dampening impact on our nation’s ability to attract the best talent to engineering.

While ASEE supports every effort to ensure security within our borders, we hope that such efforts will be carried out in such a way as to minimize disruption to those who teach, practice, and study engineering and engineering technology in the U.S.

*As of this writing, on February 1, it appears as though green card holders will be allowed to return to the United States.

(End of Statement)

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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 national 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 people 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)

************************************************************************************

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.