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Where the Engineering Jobs Are

The news is good but not great for engineers looking for work in 2010

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Last year, pink slips were seemingly everywhere for engineers and computer scientists, as the likes of Texas Instruments and Microsoft laid off employees in record numbers. Things are better for engineers this year, but the signals are still mixed. Tech companies plan to hire at least as many electrical engineers as last year, but those already laid off are having a hard time finding jobs. And while new grads are getting fewer offers, they’re doing better than their peers—according to a recent report, engineering degrees accounted for eight of the 10 highest paid degrees in the United States.

Though last year the average college graduate got a lower starting salary than the year before, computer-science majors saw an increase of 4.7 percent, to US $60 426, according to the latest salary report from the National Association of Colleges and Employers, in Bethlehem, Pa. Electrical engineers saw an increase of 3 percent, to $59 326.

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Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

His pivot from defense helped a tiny tuning-fork prevent SUV rollovers and plane crashes

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Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

In 1992, Asad M. Madni sat at the helm of BEI Sensors and Controls, overseeing a product line that included a variety of sensor and inertial-navigation devices, but its customers were less varied—mainly, the aerospace and defense electronics industries.

And he had a problem.

The Cold War had ended, crashing the U.S. defense industry. And business wasn’t going to come back anytime soon. BEI needed to identify and capture new customers—and quickly.

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