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Where are the industrial power engineers?

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2 Author(s)
R. L. Smith ; General Electric Co., Albany, NY, USA ; H. B. Hamilton

The shortage of electrical engineers with a knowledge of industrial power distribution theory and practice in the US is discussed. The problem is considered from both industrial and academic viewpoints. It is concluded that the shortage is related to: the growth of other subfields of electrical engineering in the 1960s and 1970s, which attracted many engineering students; the lack of available courses in power engineering; to the difficulty of power-engineering-oriented professors obtaining tenure, due to their restricted avenues for publication and the need for a PhD. To obtain any faculty position; and to the lack of industrial participation and promotion of power engineering in academia. Some suggestions to these problems are proposed

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IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications  (Volume:24 ,  Issue: 2 )