Speaking of computational mechanics, America is falling behind in computing skills. See the following: Contest. Quoting from this article:
American universities do poorly at international technology contest
The Association for Computing Machinery International Collegiate Programming Contest, which is watched closely as a measure of national technology skill, the US did poorly with their top placer, the University of Illinois, finishing 17th. This is the worst showing yet by the United States and may show that the country is falling behind in technology.
As European and Asian countries continue to place better at this competition, there is concern that the United States is falling behind in all areas of technology. Other countries are doing a much better job of educating their children in math and science, while the US does worse and worse in international competition every year.