Link to Senator Johnny Ellis's floor speech 1/20/12 in support of UA Engineering Facilities. (fast forward to 27:11 in tape)
"We hire more UA engineers than any other university in the nation."
Gordon Pospisil, BP and Chair of the UAF Engineering Advisory Council
Alaska faces a shortage of qualified engineers. Employers prefer to hire UA graduates, as they are more likely to remain in Alaska.
The UAA and UAF Engineering programs are complementary and collaborative. Unfortunately, both facilities and labs at both campuses are cramped and out-of-date.
The University of Alaska has a track record for supplying high quality engineering graduates to Alaska oil and gas, mining, and other industries. The challenge is to sustain and expand this capability for local education and local hire.
Gordon Pospisil and Richard Reich
UAF Chancellor Brian Rogers
Pete Stokes - Testimony to Senate Education Committee February 6
UAA/UAF Chancellors (FDNM 03.24.13)
Sen. Anna Fairclough - FDNM 4/5/13