Do you remember the controversy a few years ago when certain individuals tried to claim that it was their brilliance that made their companies great? “You didn’t build that” was the catch phrase. Because most of us know that to be successful, we need viable infrastructure (which means government investment) and dedicated employees- under the guidance of competent (hopefully- even inspired) management.
Most of you know that I am a ChemE. (I am lots of other things, but I have wanted to be a ChemE since I’ve been a tyke and I approach almost everything I do using the mindset of this discipline.)
Last week, we discussed how companies are complaining they can’t find qualified employees. When, it’s more like they can’t find qualified employees at the decreased pay scale they offer. But, that’s not true for everyone of those big companies.
I do not consider myself an expert on K-12 education, but I have opinions. (You can find some of my thoughts on Stuart Nager’s blog.) But, I do understand undergraduate and graduate education. And, over the past 30 years, I have seen changes that scare the bejesus out of me.
Drs. Gleason and Bulovic (ChemE and EE departments of MIT), along with 7 other researchers (ChemE, EE, and Materials Science of MIT) have made a tremendous breakthrough in solar “panels”. Why is “panels” in quotes? These panels can be “printed” on copy paper, tracing paper, tissue, and newsprint. They can even be folded into different shapes. (These results were published in Advanced Materials.)