Highly specialised establishments corresponding to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University might help America construct a globally aggressive, various workforce, speed up U.S. innovation, and make STEM accessible to extra younger individuals – no matter their zip code, University President P. Barry Butler advised Members of Congress on May 6.

Federal analysis {dollars} are usually directed, time and once more, to “brand name, powerhouse” universities, whereas smaller, specialised establishments that align themselves with {industry} could also be ignored.

“Economically, there is inherent value in building capacity in small-to-medium universities throughout the country and capitalizing on the progress they are already making in tackling the research priorities identified by industry,” Butler testified. Industry-focused analysis establishments function “valuable pipelines to a globally competitive, more diverse workforce and a continuing source of innovation and research partners who share a responsibility for security.”

Butler was invited to testify earlier than the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space & Technology, Subcommittee on Research and Technology on how America can finest advance analysis and innovation. Specifically, he addressed how technologically aggressive, extremely specialised establishments corresponding to Embry-Riddle might help America obtain the objectives set forth in the bipartisan National Science Foundation (NSF) for the Future Act.

Butler advised Members of Congress. “With additional support from NSF, universities can more effectively support our nation’s technological superiority and prepare a future workforce capable of competing for generations to come.”

Butler provided his insights on how America can develop a aggressive and extra various workforce whereas optimizing the return on federal analysis investments and defending mental property.

To advance range in the U.S. workforce, Butler mentioned, all younger individuals, together with these from historically underrepresented populations, must be launched to science, know-how, engineering and arithmetic (STEM) at an early age. Every 12 months, for instance, assist from the State of Florida permits Embry-Riddle to serve greater than 6,000 highschool college students who, after graduating from highschool, pursue school STEM majors at a statistically larger price than their classmates, Butler famous.

Embry-Riddle additionally hosts STEM-focused summer time and on-line packages geared to Okay-12 college students to assist broaden the aerospace expertise pipeline. Collaboration with {industry} has made it attainable for Embry-Riddle to supply college students with industry-sponsored scholarships, mentorships, internship packages and profession acceleration packages, Butler added.

Undergraduate analysis alternatives, together with federally accessible packages designed to assist have interaction people from underrepresented teams, can additional promote a extra various future workforce, Butler mentioned. This is as a result of college students who have interaction in undergraduate analysis are inclined to have larger retention charges. “Expanded undergraduate research through NSF is a very low-cost investment in retention,” he defined. “This experience – in our classrooms and labs and through internships — pays off by inspiring the next generation of graduate students and tech entrepreneurs.”

Highly specialised analysis establishments like Embry-Riddle can supply distinctive analysis capabilities, too. As an instance, Butler pointed to Embry-Riddle’s experience in the area of aviation cyber safety: “We have world-class faculty collaborating with other institutions and manufacturers to advance cyber security specific to airports, aircraft, spacecraft and unmanned autonomous systems,” he famous.

The SF for the Future Act is a bipartisan initiative introduced by Committee on Science, Space & Technology Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) and Ranking Member Frank Lucas (R-OK), together with Subcommittee on Research and Technology Chairwoman Haley Stevens (D-MI) and Ranking Member Michael Waltz (R-FL).

Watch the video of the subcommittee hearing.

Read President Butler’s written testimony here.

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