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Is a College Education Enough to Get Young Engineers Ready for the Workforce?

Four years is not nearly time enough to train an engineer, and schools are long on theory and short on practice

By R. Russell Rhinehart
Mar 30, 2015

I'd like to address the gap between the academic and practice control community—why it exists, the issues it creates, things that can be done to bridge the gap and the need for industry mobilization to cause change. My focus is on the U.S. situation. There are two issues. One is the general lack of practice experience in the faculty, which aligns student perspectives to the science/research "way," and the other is the absence of a control engineering curriculum.

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