STEM

STEM: A Management Perspective

It’s no secret –– there is an urgent and far-reaching need for a U.S. workforce skilled in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

Representatives from Purdue University and other leading educational institutions –– along with top policymakers, major corporations and education technology companies –– recently convened in Dallas, Texas, for STEM Solutions 2012: A Leadership Summit, to determine the strategies, policies and collective changes needed to create a competitive STEM workforce in the United States.

According to U.S.News & World Report, one of the event’s co-sponsors, “Vigorous national and local initiatives, formal and informal, are creating and sustaining momentum in STEM education. Now the challenge is to accelerate the velocity of this work. But how?”

One answer, says alumni guest columnist Frank Szczepanski, is adding management education to the equation.

Frank SzczepanskiDue to STEM-related initiatives in higher education and now in grades K-12, many businesses and industries are placing renewed emphasis on these disciplines, particularly science.

Our company, IVDiagnostics, has a unique perspective. We regularly host STEM-affiliated groups such as Discovery Unlimited for tours and demonstrations in our laboratory, as well as hire interns during summer months to assist us with our research and development.

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