New IEEE-USA leader: U.S. must act now to keep high-tech jobs


Washington, DC —The United States must act now to improve its competitiveness and prevent the loss of high-tech jobs, says IEEE-USA 's incoming president John W. Meredith, P.E. The new head of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) group, which is dedicated to advancing the public good and promoting the careers and public policy interests of IEEE members, says he plans to "devote his presidency" to doing just that by "helping U.S. engineers cope with the impact of globalization."

The engineering profession, says Meredith, a product development engineer with Agilent Technologies, "is in a continuing struggle to deal with the effects of global competition. While the U.S. economy has shown improvement since the infamous dot-com bust of 2000-01, our national competitiveness in the high-tech sector is increasingly challenged."

Meredith plans to work closely with his predecessor, Ralph W. Wyndrum Jr. and the organization's president-elect, Russell J. Lefevre, to bolster the career prospects of U.S. electrical and computer engineers in the face of global competition in high-tech industries. "The competition," he observes, "was initially in manufacturing, but is now moving more… into design and development work. Because labor rates are lower in many countries that compete with the United States, we are losing high-tech jobs. We must act strategically as a nation to improve U.S. competitiveness. This is necessary to preserve jobs for U.S. engineers and to maintain the standard of living that Americans have enjoyed for several generations."

Meredith says his highest priority as IEEE-USA president is "to take steps to ensure the competitiveness of U.S. industry in our fields of interest. This is a big challenge because developing countries are now competing in jobs that are higher up the high-tech 'food chain.'"

Click here to read more of Meredith's 2007 vision for IEEE-USA.

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—Control Engineering Daily News Desk
Edited by Jeanine Katzel , senior editor

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