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Jesse, the two CHE articles – one on the readership of academic papers, and the other on the suggestions that PhDs are not well-prepared to work beyond academe – despite having some overtone of journalistic sensationalism, reflect the general trend. Long time ago, I have seen a NYT article lamenting something like, it is a shame that society is not fully utilizing the talents of PhDs. These and many others, including your initiative suggest once again that the issue is getting people's attention – well, attention yes, solution who knows.Earlier in my sentiment (Was it a sentiment?), I tried to say that a PhD faculty loaded with practical industrial experience is in a better position to bring in things interesting, as well as preparing his/her students better, both for academe and industry.
Here are my further takes on the topic:
This topic is of interest to me. After dropping out of Ph.D. program a number of years ago, I seem to find myself on the interface between academia and industry again.The two areas where I've seen most direct collaboration between research and practice are in public sector: