Survey says U.S. technology is ‘slipping’ in leadership

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Portland, Ore.—At the forefront of technology innovations since World War II, the U.S. is now thought to be slipping in its leadership position, according to a survey released Monday.

The survey, “Insight 2005: A Survey of U.S. Technology Innovators,” was sponsored by McClenahan Bruer Communications and CMP Media’s EE Times and took the pulse of 4,000 engineers.

It found that America’s electronic engineers perceive their field as reaching a critical point. Ninety percent of respondents said the U.S. will not maintain its leadership position in technological innovation; 64% worry about the future of the engineering profession in the U.S. because of the impact of outsourcing; and 84% of engineers believe their job is at risk.

—Matthew Schwartz

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