Voices: Studebaker

Attracting good young engineering talent takes more than a good pay package

Industry increasingly sees sustainability as critical to long-term success

By Paul Studebaker
Apr 6, 2015

When I graduated from the University of Illinois in 1981 with a MS in metallurgical engineering, I might have gone to work for Caterpillar in Peoria, Illinois, or Bethlehem Steel in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but I chose to join a little magnet manufacturer in Valparaiso, Indiana, called Indiana General. Not because the pay was highest or the career paths were most inviting or even because I liked (or understood) magnets, but because the little plant had a foundry on one end and a research lab on the other, and in between, it did everything you can do to metal: casting, rolling, drawing, stamping, powdering, pressing, sintering, heat treating, machining, grinding, tumbling, plating, painting, assembling and, of course, magnetizing.

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