Agilent Confronts the Growing Shortage of Engineering and Science Students

There are not enough students pursuing STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – to meet the growing needs of industry.  A couple of weeks ago, I posted about Agilent’s efforts to promote STEM in children’s education programs.  Agilent also has several initiatives at the university level.

Many students avoid electrical and computer engineering, believing it to be the hardest path to a college engineering degree.  Agilent is collaborating with educators to address this issue.  Agilent was the exclusive Partner Sponsor at this year’s conference of the ECE Department Heads Association, which spans the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

Agilent is partnering with the Center for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology in South Korea to help advance women scientists and engineers.  Agilent and WISET will jointly develop training programs that enable unemployed women to pursue science.

Agilent is providing advanced oscilloscopes to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  Agilent’s industry-leading equipment will support the school’s new Engineering Design Studio, part of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department.  An Agilent Infiniium Z-Series oscilloscope was recently installed at the University of Twente in the Netherlands, a leading institute for electronic engineering.

Agilent also donated bench-top electronic measurement equipment to the University of California Berkeley last year.  The new Texas Instruments Electronics Design Laboratory will provide more than 1,000 students each year with hands-on experience in a real-world learning environment.

And Agilent offers the Agilent RF & Microwave Industry-Ready Student Certification Program, a collaboration between universities and industry.  Students completing the program are certified as “industry ready,” demonstrating their competence to prospective employers.

On the life sciences side, Agilent and the University of California San Diego are sponsoring a series of free lectures by leading researchers in biological science.  The first lecture in May featured Dr. Randy Schekman, winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

Agilent has made a donation to Peking University’s College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering to help advance the school’s research in air, water and soil pollution.  Agilent’s donation supports the construction of a new environmentally “green” academic building on the university campus.

The Stanford Institutes of Medicine Summer Research Program is an internship program to interest high school students in biomedical and bioengineering science.  The program includes a field trip to Agilent Labs, so students can experience a real-world biotech company.


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