Design News reports that U.S. education and industry officials are contemplating how to stay competitive with China, India, and other Asian countries determined to become the next engineering superpowers. In technical and academic circles, the word is usually spoken in a whisper:a million. China is headed toward a million engineers a year, the experts say. The number is so big, so far from our own experience, that reasonable people hesitate to say it too loudly for fear they’ll be accused of exaggeration. But the truth is, China’s closing in on the figure now and may have already reached a million.