Is the climate for engineering education considerably warmer in engineering schools than it used to be? Or is the climate the same?

Moderator: Are we there, yet? Is the climate for engineering education, as Richard Felder has said, considerably warmer in engineering schools than it used to be? Or is the climate the same?

Juan Rivera: It’s changing in industry. I talked to the technology manager at Google Incorporated. They have a program where they require all of their technical staff to spend 20% of their time on any technical issue that they want, it does not have to be associated with their market area. All they’re asking for is for people to sit down and innovate on their own and come up with broader solutions to the general problems they are trying to solve.

David Radcliffe: If you’re on the faculty reward side, I’d say the easiest way to describe it is the rhetoric is probably still leading the reality. There’s certainly movement, and people in my part of the world are certainly being recognized and part of their promotion and so forth, but the rhetoric still well leads the way.

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