Global engineering & entrepreneurship

Today globalization is redefining the face of commercial enterprise, the roles of developing countries, and the power of individuals. Changing business practices and technological capabilities have had lasting effects on the future competitiveness of both established and emerging economies.

Consequently, engineering and entrepreneurship have become core areas of research at the CGGC since 2006. The research projects have looked at the state of engineering education competitiveness in the United States, as well as the phenomenon of immigrant entrepreneurship.

Chinese and Indian firms are finding new ways of training the dearth of local engineering and technology graduates being produced annually. A narrow band of firms in both countries are utilizing top talent to explore high-value research and development, and design work rather than rote and low-skilled outsourcing activities.

As these trends evolve, the United States, which is known as a fertile startup environment with strong contributions from skilled immigrants, may have difficulty retaining and attracting future generations of immigrant entrepreneurs due to current visa policies.

To understand and explore these issues, the Global Engineering and Entrepreneurship (GEE) research group is conducting studies on a range of topics, including:

  • Engineering and technology workforce demographics
  • U.S. entrepreneurship and technology startups
  • The U.S. visa backlog for skilled immigrants
  • Intellectual property generation
  • The effect of emerging markets on global value chains and innovation activities

Engineering