Professions of a Silicon Valley Double-E
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
  Give me your Bright, your Ambitious
Bill Gates is quoted in today's Wall Street Journal: "We face a critical shortage of scientific talent," further, adding that such shortages are hurting Microsoft and other companies.

Lou Dobbs posted the question: "Do you agree with Bill Gates that the U.S.
should allow an unlimited number of cheap, foreign tech workers into this
country?" Results: 7601 no (96%), yes 225 (4%). You can participate by going
to web site

If it were really true that there was NOT enough scientific Talent available, We'd have engineers gladly coming out of (forced early) retirement to go back to work.

Maybe the problem is that to get them to do that you have to offer actual training in the latest tools, and a decent pay check.

Doing that would also encourage the next generation to study the Math and science.. and get the engineering degree's.

YES we need to improve Education and make the right investments in Research and Development, but Flooding the market with extra technical talent and lowing salaries for employees is Not necessarily the best thing for ALL of us in the economy, and IEEE's position is that H1-B's particularly are a problem. (see for the IEEE's position on this)

Are the folks in DC hearing YOUR voice? Save the Date for our next meeting: April 3.

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When he is not working on IEEE stuff, Jonathan does Mixed Signal Design Verification at Qualcomm. Senior Member IEEE. Founder IEEE-SCV-SSC (the first Solid State Circuits chapter). Past Section Chair, Santa Clara Valley Section - the Largest Section. Co-founder IEEE-SCV-CAS. IEEE-SSCS Membership chair 2001-2003. IEEE SSCS chapters Committee member. IEEE-SCV-PACE committee member 2001- IEEE-SCV-PACE Chair 2006-2007. IEEE R6 PACE coordinator.


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