Dr. Steven Chu, Secretary of Energy, speaks during a news conference before the jobs competitiveness listening and action session Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011, in Portland, Ore. Members of President ... more 
Dr. Steven Chu, Secretary of Energy, speaks during a news conference before the jobs competitiveness listening and action session Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011, in Portland, Ore. Members of President Barack Obama's jobs and competitiveness council heard ideas from academics and the public on how to curb a shortage of engineers in the United States. The event is one of several being held around the country to guide the work of the council, which was created to recommend policy changes that would spur job creation. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Rick Bowmer
Wed, Aug 31, 2011 5:21 PM EDT