ASEE Public Policy Statements

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.