WASHINGTON, May 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Oliver McGee, 2012-13 American Council on Education Fellow at UCLA, gives his take on landing a job in engineering. From Sologig: (http://www.sologig.com/Article/CB-24-Engineering-Where-the-jobs-are-in-engineering/) "The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), meanwhile, tracks the projected growth rate for most areas of engineering, although it doesn't always tell the complete story.
"Aerospace engineering, for example, is growing at a rate of just 5% (slower than average, according to the BLS), but new opportunities may arise. 'Aerospace engineering was viewed as a downturn profession, because the field was considered mature,' says Oliver McGee, civil, mechanical and aerospace engineer and former U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Transportation for Technology Policy, and currently a professor of mechanical engineering at Howard University. 'Very few questions remained until Boeing's 787 Dreamliner opened up a new window of opportunities for aerospace engineers to start looking at how to manage this new technological leap that has taken place.'
The article continues about Professor McGee's jobs analysis: "Environmental engineering is another one to watch, according to McGee. 'In some stressed and underserved neighborhoods there is a question of how do we look at sustainability and environmental impact, so you see a great growth in environmental engineering these days,' he says. The field is attracting its fair share of women and minorities. 'When I headed the civil and environmental engineering department at Ohio State University we had a huge magnet of women environmental engineers and also African-American and Latino students,' he says. 'They're interested in building sustainable societies.'
More from the professor: "McGee also points to current events as a harbinger of jobs to come in engineering. He says national disasters like Hurricane Sandy, for example, provide new opportunities for civil engineers. 'They require the rebuilding of infrastructure and they call for a huge supply of civil engineers,' he says. Twenty-first century threats including 9/11 and the bombing at the Boston marathon raise new opportunities in counterterrorism. 'Weapons of mass destruction present bio and chemical engineers to come and work with mechanical engineers,' he says. Those three fields are growing at a rate of 62, 6 and 9% respectively, according to the BLS."
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Oliver G. McGee III is a teacher, a researcher, an administrator, and an advisor to government, corporations and philanthropy. He is professor of mechanical engineering and former Vice President for Research and Compliance at Howard University. Dr. McGee is former Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), Inc. He was Professor and former Chair (2001-2005) of the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Geodetic Science at Ohio State University. He is the first African-American to hold a professorship and a departmental chair leadership in the century-and-a-quarter history of Ohio State University's engineering college. Dr. McGee has also held several professorships and research positions at Georgia Tech and MIT. McGee is the former United States (U.S.) Deputy Assistant Secretary of Transportation for Technology Policy (1999-2001) at the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and former Senior Policy Advisor (1997-1999) in The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. McGee is a 2012-2013 American Council on Education Fellow at UCLA Office of the Chancellor Gene Block, a 2013 University of California, Berkeley, Center of Studies in Higher Education (CSHE) and American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE), Inc. Executive Leadership Academy Fellow, and an American Association of State Colleges & Universities' (AASCU) Millennium Leadership Initiative (MLI) Fellow - educational leadership and management development programs for prospective university chancellors and presidents. Education Background: Ohio State University, Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Civil Engineering, University of Arizona, Masters of Science (M.S.) in Civil Engineering, University of Arizona, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Engineering Mechanics, Aerospace Engineering (Minor), The University of Chicago, Booth School, Masters of Business Administration (M.B.A.), The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Certificate of Professional Development (C.P.D.), Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy - Certificate of Fund Raising Management (C.F.R.M.). Partnership Possibilities for America – Invested in STEEP Giving Forward is based in Washington, DC.
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