With the self-declared goal, of addressing “the drought of scientific and engineering talent that is drying up America’s leadership and international competitiveness,” Robert E. Mercer has accepted the position of chairman of the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME).

Mercer, chairman of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., has long been active in the cause of science and engineering education. Stressing that by the year 2000 one in three Americans will be a minority, Mercer says, “it is clear that minorities will assume an increasingly strong role in our work force, our political structure, and our society. Unless their education advances proportionately, their influence will not be accompanied by the leadership abilities essential to our nation’s future.”

NACME is a nonprofit organization that works to encourage blacks, Hispanics, and American Indians to pursue bachelors degrees in engineering. In addition to being the nation’s largest’ privately funded source of scholarships...

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