A Summary of the Third Persh Conference: Strategic Issues in Materials for National Defense

Report No. ARL-TR-6267
Authors: Dana M. Granville
Date/Pages: December 2012; 34 pages
Abstract: The third in a series of conferences named after Jerome Persh was held 26–28 October 2010 in Washington, DC. "Workforce Development – Meeting Material Science and Engineering Needs for the 21st Century" gathered delegates from industry, academia, the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), and other government agencies to examine how these sectors could shape educational opportunities in workforce development to meet DOD's future needs. The conference was considered timely because international competitiveness and the perception that U.S. influence in science and technology is decreasing. There appears to be a need to excite the future DOD materials and processes workforce. It is apparent that by starting materials education earlier, educating the general public of such education's value, and engaging all stakeholders early, including teachers, there is an opportunity to reverse this trend.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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Last Update / Reviewed: December 1, 2012