Because we educate and prepare the scientific and technological workforce of the future, universities are key components of the innovation infrastructure. Innovation requires not only investment in research and development, but also investment in people. The question is, are we as a nation equipped with the human capital for the robust innovation that our energy, environmental, and other challenges demand of us?
We will be equipped if our education system is strong—from grade schools through universities—and if we, as a nation, continue to believe that investing in science and science education is essential to our global competitiveness, economic prosperity, and the wellbeing of society.
If the current generation can be inspired and enabled to take up the innovation challenge, just as we were inspired 40 years ago, there are no boundaries to what can be achieved.