Washington, D.C., Jan. 26, 2011 – The American Society
of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) today praised President Obama’s call
for a renewed focus on education and innovation issues, as he stated in yesterday’s
State of the Union address. The Society reiterated its commitment to
working with Congress and the Administration in the coming year to help inspire
a new generation of engineers and scientists to meet the technological challenges
ASME President Robert T. Simmons observed: “In order to maintain U.S.
global leadership in research and technology, it is critical that America
confronts its challenges in energy, job creation, and global competitiveness
head on. Therefore, we must act now to equip our young people and our
nation’s innovators with the science and engineering tools necessary
to compete and succeed in the global marketplace.”
Simmons also reiterated ASME’s call for Congress to honor the recently
passed America COMPETES Reauthorization Act, as well as provide for a permanent
extension of the research and development tax credit. ASME is a long-time
supporter of the America COMPETES Act, working with Congress to support two
bipartisan authorizations of the act, which lays out strong mandates for investments
in science research and education.
“These investments will catalyze the growth and innovation critical
to American competitiveness abroad, while helping to create high-paying jobs
here in the U.S.” Simmons concluded.
ASME helps the global engineering community develop solutions to real world challenges. Founded in 1880 as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, ASME is a not-for-profit professional organization that enables collaboration, knowledge sharing and skills development across all engineering disciplines, while promoting the vital role of the engineer in society. ASME codes and standards, publications, conferences, continuing education and professional development programs provide a foundation for advancing technical knowledge and a safer world.