Detroit, Michigan, will never be Silicon Valley, but Mark Reuss, GM product chief, believes the city can match it with the right steps.
Reuss guest blogged for Crain’s Detroit Business and declared leaders need to do more to bring engineers to the area for tomorrow’s jobs. He noted previous estimated that predict a shortage of engineers in the field around 2020. By then, the United States will be short about 500,000 engineers, and he cited additional research claiming 80 percent of future jobs will be related to science, technology, engineering and math.
The GM executive called on leaders, teachers and even parents to introduce children to STEM fields at a younger age. Hopefully, by making STEM curriculums more widely available, children will be ready to pursue such a career for higher education.
And Reuss said it needs to start now to begin reversing an engineering gap the U.S. faces with the world. GM has already begun working with initiatives to spread education in the classroom from earlier ages and also worked to reach out to more girls who may never consider engineering or technology.