The move among many companies to become globally integrated enterprises translates into severe downward pressure on engineering incomes in the U.S., a possible deterrent to those entering the field, according to participants in an ASME Decision Point Dialogues series. In part this reflects companies' refusal to invest in stateside workers to ensure their value contribution justifies their higher pay. But, participants said, U.S. education needs to step up to the task of producing more STEM students.

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