I'm an advocate of promoting healthy ways to keep engineering jobs in the United States. And I believe it's important to publish news and analysis about business trends and government policies on immigration and support of American industry. But EE Times has reached a nadir in publishing career-related "news." Anthony Cataldo's front-page story (April 18) about the "home field advantage" is not only insulting in its superficial coverage of an important subject; the story's punch line, "Top reasons your job won't be moved to India," is downright irresponsible. Cataldo encourages American engineers to pretend that Indian engineers are unmotivated laggards who will never amount to anything. This is "news?" The headline could have been, "Don't worry, be happy."
India is a savvy country with smart engineers who think like capitalists. They are motivated. They will be successful. Perhaps Cataldo believes American engineers don't know how to calculate functions of time. It is irresponsible, and a waste of ink, to suggest to American engineers that competition from India will not grow.
When EE Times stopped publishing the TimesPeople section, it also dropped its credible career-related content, substituting a job board. You need not tackle the very real career challenges that engineers face. But that's no excuse to publish pabulum like this.
Nick Corcodilos, Lebanon, N.J.
U.S. EEs had better be worried about India and China too ...
Regarding the "Top reasons your job won't be moved to India" (April 18, page 18): Where did you get this crap? You listed no source. This whole article just comes out of the blue? Even politicians have to name sources.
None of the article is believable. Many engineers in Silicon Valley have lost their jobs, and the bleeding is still going on. It will take years for the salaries in India to catch up. Meanwhile, the United States will lose its lead in technology. American engineers will starve to death waiting for Indian salaries to catch up.
Should India blow it, there's always China waiting in the wings. Whoops, maybe China is the real threat to both the United States and India.
At least three IEEE-USA committees identify offshoring as a serious threat.
Wayne E. Amacher
... but 'home field advantage' still goes to U.S. CEOs
In "Home field advantage," I was struck by this comment from QuickLogic CEO Tom Hart: "If I were a mediocre engineer, I'd be damned concerned."
Indeed, the same is true for mediocre CEOs. Oh, wait a minute no it isn't. In modern-day America, mediocre CEOs get $20 million golden parachutes.
A little notion called accountability seems to have disappeared from the American corporate scene.
Fort Worth, Texas
Pistorio's world view smacks of noblesse oblige
Pasquale Pistorio (The Interview, April 18, page 1) may be a brilliant engineer and a stellar example of corporate leadership. He is not, however, a giant when it comes to social, economic and political acuity.
Pistorio identifies wealth distribution, global warming and the "population explosion" as our biggest problems. In his opinion, wealth must be redistributed because the inequity between rich and poor nations is something for which we are all responsible. I find it odd that he does not even mention the role played by repressive regimes in keeping poor nations poor. A world effort to push democratization and free people's talents would be far more effective than a centralized plan to redistribute wealth.
Despite a dearth of solid scientific evidence, Pistorio finds that global warming is a problem more threatening than terrorism. Is Pistorio aware that free, wealthy nations pollute less than those laboring under pathetic post-colonial or post-communist restrictive regimes? Yet the Kyoto accord targets the wealthiest, least-polluting nations and allows others the freedom to pollute.
Finally, Pistorio believes that the world cannot support the population explosion that we supposedly are experiencing worldwide. He says it must be checked. Coming from a European, on whose continent the population is in decline, this seems the height of arrogance. It also ignores as have other such predictions in the past mankind's ability to invent and improve its lot.
Pistorio's treatise is typical of the statist bilge, wreathed in noblesse oblige, that comes from European leaders.
Comptech Sales Inc.