[Cf. Williams, Clarence. Technology and The Dream: Reflections on the Black Experience at MIT 1941-1999. Cambridge: MIT Press (2003)]
Former Clinton US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Transportation gives his take on the engineering job market WASHINGTON, May 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Oliver McGee, 2012-13 American Council on Education Fellow at UCLA, gives his take on landing a job in engineering. From Sologig: (http://www.sologig.com/Article/CB-24-Engineering-Where-the-jobs-are-in-engineering/) "The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), meanwhile, tracks the projected growth rate for most areas of engineering, although it doesn't always tell the complete story. Read more online at: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/landing-a-job-in-engineering-by-expert-oliver-mcgee-httpwwwolivermcgeeorg-207908771.html
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Oliver McGee added ... "This is because of the future economic value and technological leap benefits emanating from the American aircraft engineering firm. Megascale engineering applications, such as electrically powered aircraft through a lithium-ion battery auxilliary power supply, is about absolute solution over speculation on safety from the FAA regulatory point of view, as well as Boeing's economic competitiveness perspective of getting the fine 787 Dreamliner fleet flying agan secure from any glitches."
"The Bureau of Labor Statistics, meanwhile, tracks the projected growth rate for most areas of engineering, although it doesn't always tell the complete story. Aerospace en...gineering, for example, is growing at a rate of just 5% (slower than average, according to the BLS), but new opportunities may arise. "Aerospace engineering was viewed as a downturn profession because the field was considered mature," says Oliver McGee, civil, mechanical and aerospace engineer and former U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Transportation for Technology Policy, and currently a professor of mechanical engineering at Howard University. "Very few questions remained until Boeing's 787 Dreamliner opened up a new window of opportunities for aerospace engineers to start looking at how to manage this new technological leap that has taken place."
"Environmental engineering is another one to watch, according to McGee. "In some stressed and underserved neighborhoods there is a question of how do we look at sustainability and environmental impact, so you see a great growth in environmental engineering these days," he says. The field is attracting its fair share of women and minorities. "When I headed the civil and environmental engineering department at Ohio State University we had a huge magnet of women environmental engineers and also African-American and Latino students," he says. "They're interested in building sustainable societies."
"McGee also points to current events as a harbinger of jobs to come in engineering. He says national disasters like Hurricane Sandy, for example, provide new opportunities for civil engineers. "They require the rebuilding of infrastructure and they call for a huge supply of civil engineers," he says. Twenty-first century threats including 9/11 and the bombing at the Boston marathon raise new opportunities in counterterrorism. "Weapons of mass destruction present bio and chemical engineers to come and work with mechanical engineers," he says. Those three fields are growing at a rate of 62, 6 and 9% respectively, according to the BLS."
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"College student learning assessment, says Dr. Oliver McGee, is amongst the top issues facing higher education today and going forward in the future, including pressing issues of affordability, access, diversity, institutional cash financing, fundraising, faculty compensation, costs of doing research & development, staff talent recruitment & retention, facilities & capital maintenance, student discount rates, and student life & success on campus."
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March 8, 2013 in Medill Reports, CHICAGO: “As America's largest military-industrial asset, Boeing's defense science, engineering and technology interests in the national security interest will proceed unabated, as it generally has in the immediate past,” said Oliver McGee, an aerospace engineer who served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Transportation during the Clinton administration.
"When talking about the [US] DOT, McGee further explained, "DOT is the main place where Congress can take home the butter to their local constituents. Everything else in [the US] budget is earmarked and locked down. The [US] DOT is extremely important to bring home the bacon and the butter."
"As to what's going on in Washington, McGee said, "The comings and goings of the dubious US budget waxes and wains as the Washington Winds comes and goes and the Washington Whispers rises and falls." "
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and Harvey, which were widely broadcasted over thousands of stations nationwide.
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"Andre Walker, a Georgia Republican who left the state Democratic Party in 2010 (and was once part of the Democrats' state executive committee), wrote about the meeting on his blog.
"The Republican Party has to get into the black community. We have to be the party of Bankhead and Buckhead. We have to be on the campuses of the University of Florida and Florida A & M. And Republicans have to come up off some money to do all of that. Wallace Coopwood, the oldest black Republican in the room, put it very succinctly to Chairman Priebus. Talk is cheap, and the Republican National Committee needs to back up their talk with some cold hard cash.
"RNC National Finance Chair Ray Washburne was in the room. Washburne is the guy who, along with Reince Priebus, has to convince Republican donors to give freely in support of African-American outreach. Priebus committed the Republican Party to black community outreach, and it is up to Washburne and Priebus to fund it.
"[Folks] have e-mailed Walker asking how donor money would be used to fund minority outreach."
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Investigators Still Unable to Find Cause of 787 Fire
WASHINGTON (Reuters World), January 27, 2013 "... The NTSB's preliminary finding, along with the absence of any reported progress in determining a root cause of the auxiliary power unit's battery fire, underscores that the safety investigation and the grounding of 787s may drag on longer than Boeing had hoped.
"Oliver McGee, an aerospace and mechanical engineer who was a deputy assistant secretary of transportation for technology policy under President Bill Clinton and a former consultant to Boeing, described the challenge facing the investigators as a "megascale engineering puzzle."
"The Dreamliner's troubles have roiled the airline industry, with safety regulators and experts warning that investigations into the cause of a series of small fires on the plane could take months or even a year ..."
"... The grounding has forced hundreds of flight cancellations worldwide, including in the United States, India and South America.
"The uncertainty over the Dreamliner has raised questions for Boeing as deliveries for its signature aircraft remain stalled and airlines await the futuristic plane, which was to play a major role in their plans for expansion."
"WASHINGTON — The National Transportation Safety Board indicated Thursday that an investigation into the failure of lithium-ion batteries aboard two Boeing 787 planes is still far from determining a cause ...
" “It is really very hard to tell at this point how long the investigation will take,” she said. “What I can tell you is we have all hands on deck. We are working hard to determine what the failure mode here is and what actions have to be taken.”
" “Lithium-ion” is a vague term that is used in the battery industry to describe a variety of chemistries. This particular battery was built specifically for the 787 and, according to the safety board on Thursday, used an aluminum strip coated in lithium cobalt oxide in its positive electrode. That is an older technology and is more prone to thermal runaway; it also generates oxygen as it heats, making combustion more likely."
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