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Workforce Challenges

Understanding and responding to power and energy engineering workforce challenges is important to PSERC. This bibliography both reflects our effort to understand the challenges and our work to address them. Our researchers are regular contributors to meetings on education needs and in writing about those needs. PSERC was one of the lead organizations in organizing the 2007 National Science Foundation Workshop on the Future Power Engineering Workforce. It also continues to contribute to the IEEE Power & Energy Engineering Society's Collaborative that was formed to implement recommendations from that workshop.


Power Education at the Crossroads
Badrul H. Chowdhury 12/30/08 185.08 KB PDF 2000-1
Feeding Our Profession
Gerald Heydt and Vijay Vittal, Arizona State Univ. 03/06/03 665.46 KB PDF 2003-01
Assessing the Future of Power Engineering: A Report on Electrical Power Engineering Manpower Requirements in Australia
Engineers Australia 07/08/08 4.76 MB PDF 2004-1
2004 Canadian Electricity Human Resource Sector Study
Canadian Electricity Association 07/08/08 971.50 KB PDF 2004-2
Strategies to Address the Problem of Exiting Expertise in the Electric Power Industry
Dennis Ray and Bill Snyder 05/01/07 144.98 KB PDF 2005-1
Workforce Planning for Public Power Utilities
American Public Power Association 05/01/07 326.92 KB PDF 2005-2
Managing Talent Flow: Canadian Energy Sector Workforce Shortages 2006 Energy & Resources Talent Pulse Survey Report
Deloitte 05/01/07 972.91 KB PDF 2006-2
Human Resource Crisis in Canada's Electricity Sector
Canadian Electricity Association 05/01/07 296.94 KB PDF 2006-3
2006 U.S. Electric Utility Industry Survey
Black & Veatch 05/01/07 URL 2006-4
2006 Long-Term Reliability Assessment: Aging Workforce
NERC 05/01/07 1.06 MB PDF 2006-5
Workforce Trends Report
U.S. DOE 05/01/07 URL 2006-6
An Emerging Issue We Cannot Ignore: Meeting the Twin Challenges of Education and an Aging Workforce in the Electric Power Industry
Michael E. Ebert, CIP Program 05/01/07 270.24 KB PDF 2006-7
Managing the Talent Challenge
Wanda Reder 07/05/07 208.67 KB PDF 2006-8
Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter Economic Future
National Academies 03/25/08 URL 2006-9
Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering: 2007
National Science Foundation 07/08/08 URL 2007-01
National Study of Business Strategy and Workforce Development - March 2007
Center on Aging & Work/Workplace Flexibility 07/08/08 767.46 KB PDF 2007-02
Supporting University Research as a Workforce Education Strategy

Dennis Ray 07/08/08 215.50 KB PPT 2007-03
Electric Power Engineering Education Resources 2005-2006
IEEE Power Engineering Education Committee 07/08/08 URL 2007-04
Center for Energy Workforce Development
07/08/08 URL 2007-05
America's Dynamic Workforce
Dep. of Labor 07/08/08 641.35 KB PDF 2007-07
Beyond Bias and Barriers: Fulfilling the Potential of Women in Academic Science and Engineering
National Academies 07/08/08 URL 2007-08
Testimony on Skilled and Profession Workforce in the Domestic Energy Industry
November 6, 2007  
U.S. Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources 07/08/08 URL 2007-09
NSF Workshop on the Future Power Engineering Workforce
November 29-30, 2007  
National Science Foundation 04/03/08 121.20 KB PDF 2007-10
The Challenges And Opportunities To Meet The Workforce Demand In The Electric Power And Energy Profession
Wanda Reder 07/08/08 276.44 KB PDF 2007-11
2007 Long-Term Reliability Assessment
NERC 10/31/08 3.00 MB PDF 2007-12
Is America Falling Off the Flat Earth?
National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine of the National Academies 12/12/09 URL 2007-13
Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine - 2008 Workshop
Report of the National Research Council - The National Academies 07/08/08 199.81 KB PDF 2008-01
Report of the Interagency Aerospace Revitalization Task Force
February 2008  
Department of Labor 07/08/08 594.02 KB PDF 2008-02
Bill Gates Testifies before House Committee on Science and Technology
March 12, 2008  
Bill Gates 07/08/08 URL 2008-03
Science and Engineering Indicators 2008
January 2008   
National Science Foundation 07/08/08 URL 2008-04
Engineering for a Changing World and A Roadmap to the Future of Engineering Practice, Research, and Education
Univ. of Michigan 07/08/08 5.35 MB PDF 2008-05
U.S. Department of Labor-led Task Force Releases Report on Aerospace Workforce
For news release of report dated March 19, 2008, see:  
Department of Labor 03/19/08 URL 2008-06
Tapping America's Potential
A coalition composed of 16 prominent business organizations that represent the largest and most innovative companies in America. In 2005, they set the goal of doubling the number of U.S. science, technology, engineering, and mathematics graduates with bachelor?s degrees by 2015.  
Tapping America's Potential 07/08/08 URL 2008-07
Leading Business, Higher Education, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Organizations Call for Supplemental Funding for Critical Research and Education Priorities
April 16, 2008. Coalitions Call on the President and Congress to Fund Scientific Research and Math and Science Education Programs that Help America Compete in the Global Economy. Tapping America?s Potential (TAP), a coalition of 16 of the nation?s leading business organizations, and the Task Force on the Future of American Innovation, a coalition of leading business, scientific and higher education organizations, today urged the President and the Congress to include critical funding for science and engineering research, and math and science education in the supplemental Fiscal Year 2008 spending bill that Congress will consider shortly.   
Washington-Business Wire 07/08/08 URL 2008-08
The Task Force on the Future of American Innovation
A coalition of businesses and business organizations, scientific societies, and higher education associations, was founded in 2004 to advocate greater federal investments for basic research in the physical sciences and engineering.   
The Task Force on the Future of American Innovation 07/08/08 URL 2008-09
New Graduates' Workforce Readiness: The Mid-Market Perspective
February 2008. Preparing students to meet the demands of an increasingly competitive, knowledge-based global economy is a critical challenge facing the United States. With that in mind, this report presents a mid-market perspective on the workforce readiness of newly hired high school and college graduates. It is based on data from the U.S. Workforce Readiness Survey conducted by The Conference Board, Corporate Voices for Working Families, Partnership for 21st Century Skills, and Society for Human Resource Management. This report also includes excerpts from interviews with human resources professionals and educational research experts from seven mid-market organizations, as well as case studies of mid-market initiatives designed to improve the workforce readiness of newly-hired graduates.  
The Conference Board, Jill Casner-Lotto, Henry M. Silvert 04/28/08 URL 2008-10
Manpower's Annual 10 Hardest Jobs To Fill Survey: Engineers, Machinists, and Skilled Trades Top List In U.S.
April 22, 2008  
Manpower, Inc. 04/28/08 URL 2008-11
Addressing Engineering Workforce Concerns: The Power and Energy Engineering Workforce Collaborative
(An Initiative of IEEE PES) IEEE PES/Industry/University Collaboration  
IEEE PES 07/08/08 URL 2008-15
The Offshoring of Engineering: Facts, Unknowns, and Potential Implications
National Academies Press 09/08/08 URL 2008-16
ASEE Profiles of Engineering and Engineering Technology Colleges
U.S. Engineering Degrees Decline in 2007. (Published June 20, 2008)  
ASEE 09/08/08 1.72 MB PDF 2008-17
U.S. Competitiveness in Science and Technology
RAND 09/08/08 URL 2008-18
Power and Energy Engineering Workforce Collaborative
July 8, 2008 Webinar slides presented by NERC  
Wanda Reder, IEEE PES President, et. al. 09/11/08 16.07 MB PDF 2008-19
Students' Perceptions of the Value and Need for Mentors As They Progress Through Academic Studies in Engineering and Science
Report dated March 21, 2008.  
National Science Foundation, MentorNet 03/21/08 379.86 KB PDF 2008-20
Brief Version of the Report from the NSF Workshop on the Future Power Engineering Workforce
10/15/08 376.04 KB PDF 2008-21
Full Report from the NSF Workshop on the Future Power Engineering Workforce
10/15/08 278.99 KB PDF 2008-22
Green Jobs: Towards Decent in Jobs in a Sustainable, Low Carbon World
UNEP 10/16/08 4.43 MB PDF 2008-23
Thrive: The Skills Imperative
Council on Competitiveness 10/31/08 1.92 MB PDF 2008-24
100 Day Plan
Council on Competitiveness 10/31/08 88.36 KB PDF 2008-25
Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter Economic Future
The National Academies Press 06/05/09 URL 2008-26
The U.S. Smart Grid Revolution: KEMA's Perspectives for Job Creation
GRIDWISE Alliance 12/23/08 375.76 KB PDF 2008-27
Changing the Conversation: Messages for Improving Public Understanding of Engineering
National Academies 09/08/09 URL 2008-28
Wind energy jobs to double by 2020 ? new European Wind Energy Association study
European Wind Energy Association 06/05/09 URL 2009-01
Engineering Image Problem Could Fuel Shortage
American Society for Quality (ASQ) 06/05/09 URL 2009-02
U.S. Power and Energy Engineering Workforce Action Plan - PRESS RELEASE
IEEE PES-Careers 04/21/09 145.54 KB PDF 2009-03
U.S. Power and Energy Engineering Workforce Collaborative Report
Power & Energy Engineering Workforce Collaborative 04/30/09 1.23 MB PDF 2009-04
IEEE-USA Position Statement on Electricity Delivery Workforce Training - April 2009
IEEE U.S.A. Board of Directors 04/27/09 95.21 KB PDF 2009-06
Replenishing the Ranks
Energybiz 06/05/09 URL 2009-07
Engineering in K-12 Education: Understanding the Status and Improving the Prospects
Committee on K-12 Engineering Education, NAE and NRC 09/08/09 URL 2009-08
Gender Differences at Critical Transitions in the Careers of Science, Engineering, and Mathematics Faculty

National Academies 10/22/09 URL 2009-09
Widening the Net: National Estimates of Gender Disparities in Engineering
Urban Institute 10/22/09 URL 2009-10
Steady as She Goes? Three Generations of Students through the Science and Engineering Pipeline
B. Lindsay Lowell, et. al. 11/07/09 178.97 KB PDF 2009-11
What Engineering Shortage? (Summer 2009)
Alan S. Brown, National Association of Science Writers (wrote this article for Tau Beta Pi) 07/13/09 1.17 MB PDF 2009-12
Stem in the States
CPST 12/23/09 URL 2009-13
Professional Resources to Implement the "Smart Grid"
Gerald T. Heydt, et. al. 10/21/09 195.71 KB PDF 2009-14
Working to Build the Future Workforce in Electric Power and Energy
Presentation to the National Research Council's Energy and Mining Workforce Committee, August 22, 2011  
Dennis Ray 08/24/11 796.74 KB PDF 2011-01
Aging Utility Workforce Presentation
Presentation at Aging Utility Workforce Conference  
Dennis Ray, Deputy Director 01/06/14 4.91 MB PDF 2014-01