Reginald DesRoches believes that engineers make excellent problem-solvers. He thinks engineers are so good at thinking critically and working together that this country would be better off if there were more of them. That's why, he says, it's crucial to get kids excited about studying engineering.
"Even if kids don't pursue careers in engineering, just having an engineering background will provide them with the necessary skills to solve problems," said DesRoches.
He would like to see engineers occupy all types of jobs and even serve as elected officials. Engineers, he explained, know how to work collaboratively in solving problems and can see the impact that public policy can have on the environment. They are also able to communicate technical information to a nontechnical audience.
DesRoches knows the benefit of engineering. Little more than a year ago, he was named dean of Rice University's George R. Brown School of Engineering.