November 28, 2012
This week, the U.S. House is expected to vote on a bill to create more visas for foreign-born students in science, technology, engineering and math. For me, and many others, it means the chance to fulfill our American dreams. For Americans, it means the chance to reverse a slow but steady brain drain of innovators.
The STEM Jobs Act, HR 6429, would provide students like me an opportunity to create jobs here in the United States, as opposed to other foreign countries.
I come from a family of Indian scientists and engineers who emphasized the importance of a first-rate education in these fields. This emphasis — coupled with the rapid influx of U.S. engineering firms into my hometown of Bangalore — shaped my decision to enroll in an undergraduate engineering program.