Surprise! Enough scientists and engineers?

Posted by: Michael Mandel on November 27

According to a new report from the National Science Foundation, science and engineering doctorates hit an all-time high in 2005. Fields reaching new highs include biological sciences, engineering, mathematics, and computer sciences.

What’s more:

Post-9/11, there is little evidence of a decline in the number of or growth in noncitizens earning S&E doctorates from U.S. institutions…For the entire period from 2001 to 2005, S&E doctorates awarded to noncitizens increased by 25% and accounted for virtually all of the overall growth in S&E doctorate awards during the period

Hmmm….are these still the people who were in the pipeline before 9/11?

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November 27, 2006 04:38 PM

My guess -- before. Assuming an average of 3-4 years for a Ph.D, and a couple of years perhaps for a Masters, my guess is this 11.5K (out of 27K) was in the pipeline before 9/11.

But it's an interesting question you raise.


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