RAND researchers asked Air Force senior functional authorities which STEM degrees are and will be needed to maintain vital technical skills. The results suggest areas the Air Force should review for emerging demand.
Major Silicon Valley tech firms have released statistics indicating their workforces are largely made up of white men. Corporate America is on the receiving end of a complex chain of social and educational factors that continue to leave minorities behind in terms of college graduation.
There is no doubting the viability of STEM skills in the 21st century job market and the long-term benefits of going to college. But the P-TECH (Pathways in Technology Early College High School) program could be promising for two reasons that have nothing to do with technology.
Thomas V. Jones, the Stanford-educated engineer who authored a bestselling RAND report in the early 1950s on U.S. Air Force transport options before becoming chief executive of Northrop, died January 7 at the age of 93.
In response to a government directive to increase diversity across all federal agencies, the Department of Defense held a diversity summit for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers. Coordinating efforts across the organization can help the department reach its STEM-diversity workforce goals.
The board of advisors for the National Cyber Security Hall of Fame has chosen Willis H. Ware, senior computer scientist emeritus at RAND, as one of its five inductees for the Class of 2013. Ware is considered a pioneer in the field of computer technology and has been involved in digital computing since the mid-1940s.
The authors explore six potential approaches to pricing the use of National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) wind-tunnel test facilities, and they evaluate each approach against three criteria -- efficiency, fiscal impact, and fairness.
Geoengineering is risky, but could transform the portfolio of options for limiting future climate change. Some geoengineering approaches could prove fast acting and inexpensive and could be deployed by one or a few nations without global cooperation.
RAND has signed an agreement to help the Guangzhou Economic and Technological Development District in Guangdong Province, People's Republic of China, to develop a strategic plan for a system of policies, incentives, and other practices to support technological innovation in Knowledge City, a planned new development for 300,000 residents.
The U.S. Air Force relies on sound cost estimates to make budgetary and policy decisions regarding the acquisition of aircraft and guided weapon systems. New techniques can help analysts make more accurate estimates of systems engineering and program management costs.