Columbia Computer Science

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Prof. Unger on engineering jobs

The Nov. 16 Wall Street Journal carried an article ("Slim Pickings") about different perspectives of the shortage of engineers vs. the shortage of engineering jobs. It argues that part of the problem is that many companies are only willing to consider candidates that precisely match their job requirements, rather than having the new person pick up skills on the job. A broader view is discussed by Prof. Unger (Columbia CS) in IEEE Technology and Society Magazine and IEEE Design and Test of Computers. More detailed information can be found in work by Norman Matloff, CS Dept., UC Davis.