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Get Ready for Spirited Discussion on the ‘Plasma Controversy’ at the X-STEM Symposium this April!

This is a post in our ongoing coverage of USA Science & Engineering Festival's X-STEM Extreme STEM Symposium - April 28, 2015 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

Plasma holds a predominant place in the universe, so much that some plasma scientists contend that it is not the fourth state of matter, but the first state. But textbooks, for the most part, do not mention plasmas in this context. At the X-STEM Extreme Symposium in April, plasma scientist Andrew Zwicker of Princeton University explains why plasmas often “get no respect” in science education, and what can be done about it! He is one of many exciting and provocative visionaries you’ll meet at the X-STEM Symposium presented by the USA Science & Engineering Festival and sponsored by MedImmune. The Symposium is a ¨limited tickets¨ event, so register NOW!

X-STEM Speaker Profile:
Dr. Andrew Zwicker
Physics Education: Let's Give A Shout Out To Plasmas!

100 Diverse Corporate Leaders in STEM Rising Star - Barbara McAllister Whye of Intel

The 100 Diverse Corporate Leaders in STEM blog series features a new business executive Monday-Friday and the exemplary work his or her company is doing to support 21st century STEM learning and workforce development- particularly for women, minorities and under-represented groups. Learn more and download the whole copy at STEMConnector.org/100Diverse. Follow the conversation on social media using #100STEMLeaders. In addition to today's Diverse Corporate Leader, Kimberly Stevenson, we recognize a Rising Star from Intel: Barbara McAllister Whye, director of innovation for employability.

Barbara McAllister Whye, Intel

Barbara McAllister Whye
Director, Innovation for Employability
Intel

My journey towards a STEM field began at home with my parents and siblings. As the youngest of 8 kids, I had plenty of guidance and many of them had chosen to major in STEM degrees. The siblings encouraged me to follow their lead, found summer camps for me to attend to get exposure to what was possible. Their role modeling had a tremendous impact on my decision making.

Mentoring was incredibly important in helping me complete my electrical engineering degree and MBA. My college and grad school cohort helped me overcome roadblocks and created a sense of community, and we continue to support each other’s careers today. I’m working on a PhD at ASU in Technology and Human Social Dimensions. People often tell me that I don’t look like an engineer; that reminds me that we still have engineering stereotypes to overcome.

My vision is that all learners will have access to a quality STEM education, and that the quality of one’s education will not be dependent on their zip code. I know that not all students will be STEM students, but every student should know what opportunities are available to them. To achieve this vision, we must expose students to STEM early and shift from the idea that “math is hard” to “math is life.”

To young professionals who are in STEM careers: curiosity and the ability to learn, relearn and unlearn are paramount to success in today’s environment. When you stop asking questions or think you know everything, you stop learning. Keep learning and focus. Find a way to hone in on what’s most impactful and really have clarity of purpose – it will lead to success.

“The power of one, if fearless and focused, is formidable, but the power of many working together is better.” -Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

100 Diverse Corporate Leaders in STEM - Kimberly Stevenson of Intel

The 100 Diverse Corporate Leaders in STEM blog series features a new business executive Monday-Friday and the exemplary work his or her company is doing to support 21st century STEM learning and workforce development- particularly for women, minorities and under-represented groups. Learn more and download the whole copy at STEMConnector.org/100Diverse. Follow the conversation on social media using #100STEMLeaders. Today's Diverse Corporate Leader is Kimberly Stevenson, corporate vice president and chief information officer at Intel Corporation.

Kim Stevenson, Intel

Kimberly Stevenson
Corporate Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Intel Corporation

Kimberly "Kim" Stevenson is corporate vice president and Chief Information Officer (CIO) of Intel Corporation. She is responsible for the corporate-wide use of Information Technology (IT). Intel's IT organization delivers leading technology solutions and services that enable Intel's business strategies for growth and efficiency. The IT organization is comprised of over 6,000 IT professionals worldwide. Previously, Stevenson was vice president and general manager of Intel's Global IT Operations and Services. Prior to joining Intel, Stevenson spent seven years at the former EDS, now HP enterprise services. Before joining EDS, Stevenson spent 18 years at IBM holding several executive positions including vice president of Marketing and Operations of the eServer iSeries division.

Stevenson earned a bachelor's degree from Northeastern University. She holds a master's degree in business administration from Cornell University.

About Intel

Intel designs and manufactures advanced integrated digital technology platforms. A platform consists of a microprocessor and chipset, and may be enhanced by additional hardware, software, and services. We sell these platforms primarily to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), original design manufacturers (ODMs), and industrial and communications equipment manufacturers in the computing and communications industries. Our platforms are used in a wide range of applications, such as PCs (including Ultrabook™ devices and 2 in 1 systems), desktops, servers, tablets, smartphones, automobile infotainment systems, automated factory systems, and medical devices. We also develop and sell software and services primarily focused on security and technology integration. We serve customers around the world, and at fiscal year-end 2013 we had 107,600 employees in more than 60 countries.

Kim on Diversity and STEM

Technology and innovation have been a great source of economic prosperity here in the United States, and we spend more than one trillion dollars each year on information and communication technologies. Our children today are digital natives. They were born and raised in the digital era, giving them the capacity to continue the innovation cycle and invent what we cannot yet conceive.

Over the last 15 years, we’ve added roughly 4 million tech-sector jobs, but we’re having trouble filling those roles because our school systems have been unable to produce enough qualified engineers to support the growth. We cannot hope to innovate without investing more in our future STEM workforce – and that starts with a great foundation of science, technology, engineering and math.

To curb the STEM education crisis, we first need to get kids excited about STEM fields - so they say things like, “I want to be an engineer when I grow up.” Awareness around engineering is also critical. Our research shows that teens don’t know or appreciate what an engineering career entails. Many associate engineering with transportation or maintenance. However, when you have the opportunity to explain what a career in engineering is and the income potential, you can change their minds about pursuing a career in the field of engineering. We found roughly 60 percent of teens are more likely to consider engineering after learning about the career's earning potential.

Second, just like athletes play on teams and practice after school, kids need more opportunities to be involved in after school and summer programs that emphasize STEM. There are already many successful examples. Intel PC Pals, an e-mail mentoring program between students of area schools and Intel employee volunteers, helps students develop their writing and communication skills, receive mentoring, feedback, encouragement, and support for their schoolwork from a local business person. FIRST® LEGO® League and Girl Scouts are showing kids that not only can they be successful in math and science, but they can also be leaders in those fields.

Participating in these programs can also lead to awards and other recognition. For example, at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair each year, approximately 7 million high school students around the globe develop original research projects with the hope of winning scholarships and receiving recognition of their work. These programs are opportunities for kids to apply STEM in practical experiences. Intel has found that access to educational programs can provide kids with the opportunities for quality education and personal growth through technology, scholarships and community programs. Mentoring after graduation is also key to keeping graduates in STEM fields.

In my organization, we’ve launched a rotation program specifically for IT professionals, which offers challenging development opportunities and is designed to transform high performing college graduates into future IT leaders. On a personal note, I devote time to Girls Who Code and Girl Geeks organizations that focus on growth and development of females in tech. I believe that STEM offers real-world, problem-based development opportunities that students will apply in future learning, jobs and everyday life. While we’ve got a lot of work ahead of us, addressing the STEM education crisis is crucial to our Nation’s continued success – and we all have a part to play.

From Young Minds Come Fresh Solutions

This is a press release from The Clean Tech Competition

The Clean Tech Competition is the only worldwide research and design challenge for students ages 15-18. This competition is administered by The Center for Science Teaching and Learning, a science center in Rockville Centre, NY. The theme for the 2015 competition is “Feed the World,” and it challenges students to develop a clean technology solution to the world’s problems of an unstable and inadequate food supply. Teams are currently registered from across the United States, as well as countries including India, UK, Australia, Jordan, United Arab Emirates, Portugal, Dubai, Nigeria, Singapore, Canada, Uganda, Egypt, Latvia, South Korea, Shanghai, China, Kenya, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Fiji, India, Portugal, Bahrain, and many others.
 
“It is a great opportunity for students to understand the relevance of what they are learning and to be able to discuss their innovations with global engineers and scientists, “noted Dr. Ray Ann Havasy, Director of the Center for Science Teaching and Learning.  Participation in the Clean Tech Competition leads students through the full range of a real-world scientific processes. Qualifying teams are paired with a STEM Advisor and given a stipend to conduct testing and build a prototype of their solution. ”We must continually strive to help our young people see the necessity for more scientists and engineers, that these are great careers that are very much in demand, “ Dr. Havasy goes on to say. 
 
At the Finalist Event, which will be held at the Dow facility in Philadelphia this year, students from the top 10 teams from around the world will gather to present their innovations to a panel of judges. All finalist teams will receive monetary prizes, and the grand prize is $10,000. Each of the finalist teams may also nominate their school (or another educational organization that supported them) for a grant of $1,000.
 
For more details and to register visit www.CleanTechCompetition.org where you will find information on past and current competitions. You can also contact administrators at cleantech@cstl.org
 
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100 Diverse Corporate Leaders in STEM - Rebecca Rhoads of Raytheon Company

The 100 Diverse Corporate Leaders in STEM blog series features a new business executive Monday-Friday and the exemplary work his or her company is doing to support 21st century STEM learning and workforce development- particularly for women, minorities and under-represented groups. Learn more and download the whole copy at STEMConnector.org/100Diverse. Follow the conversation on social media using #100STEMLeaders. Today's Diverse Corporate Leader is Rebecca Rhoads, president of Global Business Services and chief information officer at Raytheon Company.

Nimesh Shah, McKesson

Rebecca Rhoads
President of Global Business Services and Chief Information Officer
Raytheon Company

Rebecca R. Rhoads is president of Global Business Services (GBS) and chief information officer of Raytheon Company. Rhoads also serves as Executive Diversity Champion for Raytheon and leads the Executive Diversity Leadership Team, delivering accountability for diversity at the most senior level of the company.

Rhoads has more than 35 years of experience within the defense industry. She began her career with General Dynamics in 1979 as an electrical engineer, designing automated test systems for RAM and Stinger missile programs. She worked in Engineering and Operations, holding various assignments of increasing responsibility at General Dynamics, Hughes and Raytheon. In addition, Rhoads taught electrical engineering classes at California Polytechnic University in Pomona, Calif.

Rhoads has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from California Polytechnic University. She also holds a master’s degree in the executive management program from the University of California at Los Angeles Anderson Graduate School of Business Management.

About Raytheon Company

Raytheon Company, headquartered in Waltham, Mass., is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, security and civil markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 92 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as cyber security and a broad range of mission support services.

Raytheon believes that strengthening education enhances global innovation and that technology companies have a responsibility to act in the best interest of building tomorrow’s workforce. Raytheon’s broad-based STEM program, MathMovesU®, is an initiative committed to increasing students’ interest in math and science education. Since the program’s inception in 2005, the company has invested more than $100 million in STEM programs, scholarships and grants that impact students from kindergarten to college, as well as STEM educators.

Rebecca on Diversity and STEM

How do we encourage students to continue their study of STEM subjects, particularly women and underrepresented minorities?

It’s critical that all students, regardless of background, gender or ethnicity, have the opportunity to learn and excel in math and science. One way to accomplish this is through student mentoring. Raytheon has teamed up with the White House to be one of the founding sponsors of US2020, a program that will match 1 million STEM mentors with students at youth-serving nonprofits and education organizations by the year 2020. One example of our mentoring programs is our Science of Sports science fair, a partnership with the New England Patriots, where Raytheon employees mentor New England-area Boys & Girls Club members for four months as they develop projects that showcase the science involved in sports.

In regards to reaching young women, there is still work to do to break down gender stereotypes that only men can work in STEM. One way to do this is by introducing young women to female professionals who work in STEM careers, and also by providing them opportunities to gain confidence in their skills by doing experiments and activities. Raytheon has had success in this area with our year-round mentoring programs, local partnerships with organizations like the Girl Scouts, as well as special events such as National Engineers Week Girl Day. DiscoverE and the Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN) recognized our efforts to connect young women to STEM mentors with their 2014 “National Engineers Week Girl Day” award.

How has your corporation coordinated investments in education with future workforce needs?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in STEM jobs is projected to grow to more than 9 million between 2012 and 2022, an increase of about 1 million jobs over 2012 employment levels. They also show that the median annual wage for STEM careers is nearly $76,000, compared to $35,000 for all other jobs. The data tells us there is a tremendous opportunity for today’s students to have successful futures in STEM.

To help encourage them, we need to reach them early on and then continue to invest in them throughout their education. As part of our MathMovesU® program, Raytheon has invested more than $100 million in programs that do just this. From Engineering is Elementary to MATHCOUNTS to the Team America Rocketry Challenge and FIRST Robotics to the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition, we’re able to reach students from kindergarten through college.

Part of our strategy is to also invest in educators. Our Math Heroes award recognizes outstanding teachers with an individual grant and an additional grant for their school or math-related non-profit program. We’ve also teamed up with the Museum of Science, Boston to expand their Engineering is Elementary program, which helps teachers integrate engineering and technology concepts and skills into their classroom curriculum. Another great program is the Teacher Industry Internship Program, which we partnered with the University of Arizona College of Education to develop. It gives teachers real-world experience in industry while they’re pursuing a three-year master’s degree program.

Dow and Project Lead The Way Partner to Grow STEM Skills in Key Dow Communities

This is a press release from Dow and PLTW

Partnership to help build the pipeline for a skilled workforce

WASHINGTON – February 24, 2015 (Business Wire) | To kick off national Engineers Week, The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE:DOW) and Project Lead The Way (PLTW) announced a significant partnership to increase K-12 students’ access to high-quality science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education programs. Through a $400,000 commitment, Dow will fund PLTW programs in 17 schools in Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. These 17 schools enroll more than 14,000 students, and about half of these students are minority students.
 
Dow’s support of PLTW furthers the Company’s commitment to building the workforce of tomorrow in the communities where its employees live and work. Through PLTW’s hands-on, activity-based K-12 programs, students become engaged in STEM fields while developing critical thinking, problem solving, and collaboration skills – skills identified as crucial by today’s employers.
 
“STEM-based careers fuel innovation at Dow. We are proud to partner with Project Lead The Way to bring curriculum into our communities’ classrooms that will support teachers by giving them the tools they need to teach STEM subjects, and get students excited about pursuing STEM careers,” said Rob Vallentine, director of Corporate Citizenship at Dow. “The students of today represent the future of this country’s economic prosperity, and Dow is committed to supporting the STEM workforce of tomorrow in our communities.”
 
The U.S. Department of Commerce estimates 1.2 million unfilled STEM jobs by 2018 as a result of a lack of qualified, trained workers. Coincidentally, STEM jobs are expected to grow by 17 percent, nearly double the rate of jobs in other sectors. Expanding access to STEM education for underrepresented minority students is also of great interest as only 10 percent of U.S. scientists and engineers come from underrepresented minority groups.
 
“The United States is facing a significant skills gap, and Dow is taking action to fill that gap. They are leading by example,” said PLTW President and CEO Dr. Vince Bertram. “Not only are they creating skilled jobs in our economy, but they are helping to develop the workforce to fill those jobs. We are grateful for Dow’s support of Project Lead The Way, which is giving students across the country access to high-quality educational opportunities.”
 
Through its STEMtheGAP™ initiatives, Dow’s STEM mission is to build the workforce of tomorrow by supporting teachers, motivating student achievement, developing careers, and collaborating with communities to transform STEM education into a driver for innovation, manufacturing, and economic prosperity. In support of this mission, the Dow partnership is supporting three elementary schools, six middle schools, and eight high schools to bring PLTW programs to their students.
 
In addition to funding PLTW programs, Dow employees will also engage with teachers and students in PLTW classrooms through the Company’s STEM Ambassadors program. These trained STEM Ambassadors aim to support teachers and inspire students by providing real life examples to make challenging concepts easier to understand, while incorporating a strong focus on sharing exciting opportunities available through pursuing STEM careers.
 
Dow is funding PLTW programs at the following schools in four key Dow communities:
·         Guion Creek Middle School – Indianapolis, Indiana
·         Lincoln Middle School – Indianapolis, Indiana
·         New Augusta Academy North – Indianapolis, Indiana
·         Bay City Central High School – Bay City, Michigan
·         Handy Middle School – Bay City, Michigan
·         Freeland Middle School – Freeland, Michigan
·         Freeland High School – Freeland, Michigan
·         Bullock Creek High School – Midland, Michigan
·         Bullock Creek Middle School – Midland, Michigan
·         Emerson site (Ralph Waldo Emerson, Clara Barton and Abraham Lincoln Elementary Schools) – Levittown, Pennsylvania
·         Buchanan site (James Buchanan, George Washington and John Fitch Elementary Schools) – Levittown, Pennsylvania
·         Devine site (Mary W. Devine, Lafayette, and Maple Shade Elementary Schools) – Levittown, Pennsylvania
·         Plaquemine High School – Plaquemine, Louisiana
·         East St. John High School – Reserve, Louisiana
·         East St. John Elementary – Laplace, Louisiana
·         Port Allen High School – Port Allen, Louisiana
·         Brusly High School – Brusly, Louisiana
 
These 17 schools join more than 6,500 schools in the 50 states and the District of Columbia currently offering PLTW programs in engineering, biomedical science, and computer science. In addition to STEM curricula, PLTW also provides professional development to each teacher who instructs a PLTW course. Since 1997, PLTW has trained more than 19,000 teachers in its hands-on, project-based approach.
 
About Dow
Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines the power of science and technology to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company is driving innovations that extract value from the intersection of chemical, physical and biological sciences to help address many of the world's most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, clean energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow's integrated, market-driven, industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately 180 countries and in high-growth sectors such as packaging, electronics, water, coatings and agriculture. In 2014, Dow had annual sales of more than $58 billion and employed approximately 53,000 people worldwide. The Company's more than 6,000 products are manufactured at 201 sites in 35 countries across the globe. References to "Dow" or the "Company" mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted. More information about Dow can be found at www.dow.com.
 
More information about Dow’s commitment to promoting STEM education can be found at www.dow.com/company/citizenship/stem.htm.
 
About PLTW
Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and the nation’s leading provider of K-12 STEM programs. PLTW’s world-class, activity-, project-, and problem-based curriculum and high-quality teacher professional development model, combined with an engaged network of educators and corporate partners, help students develop the skills needed to succeed in our global economy. More than 6,500 elementary, middle, and high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia are currently offering PLTW courses to their students. For more information, visit www.pltw.org.
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X-STEM Brings You Up Close and Personal With Amazing Startup Geniuses!

This is a post in our ongoing coverage of USA Science & Engineering Festival's X-STEM Extreme STEM Symposium - April 28, 2015 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

Josh Wolfe doesn't trust genies or fortune tellers. He thinks the only way to predict the future is to invent it. And that really means finding the people who are inventing it—the scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs—and investing in the new companies they start.

He makes risky bets on brilliant people with breakthrough ideas who are trying to solve big problems and change the world. But with every investment there's a chance things can go wrong, with the potential of him losing it all, so he makes lots of investments. This is called the frontier of venture capital, and it's quite an adventure.

Josh is co-founder of Lux Capital, a venture capital firm based in New York which focuses on investments in the physical and life sciences. Over the past half-decade, while other venture capitalists have been retreating from investing in biotech and energy startup ventures because of being burned by bad bets and turned off by excessive costs, Lux has undertaken an aggressive campaign to raise millions in capital to fund these important industry ventures that many other firms won't touch.

Be there in Washington, D.C. this April for the X-STEM Extreme Symposium, as the USA Science Festival brings you up close with Josh and other amazing STEM innovators and startup visionaries! Tickets are limited, so get yours today! Click here to register.

X-STEM Speaker Profile:
Josh Wolfe
The Big Payoff: Using High-Risk Finance To Propel Science Into The Future

100 Diverse Corporate Leaders in STEM - Carey Smith of Honeywell

The 100 Diverse Corporate Leaders in STEM blog series features a new business executive Monday-Friday and the exemplary work his or her company is doing to support 21st century STEM learning and workforce development- particularly for women, minorities and under-represented groups. Learn more and download the whole copy at STEMConnector.org/100Diverse. Follow the conversation on social media using #100STEMLeaders. Today's Diverse Corporate Leader is Carey Smith, president of Honeywell Technology Solutions Inc. at Honeywell.

Carey Smith, Honeywell

Carey Smith
President of Honeywell Technology Solutions Inc.
Honeywell

Carey Smith is the President of Honeywell Technology Solutions Inc. (HTSI), a subsidiary within Honeywell Aerospace. Since September 2011, Carey has led the HTSI business that provides space, engineering and operations, physical and cyber security solutions, and healthcare and logistics support for the Department of Defense, civilian, commercial and international customers.

Throughout her career, Carey has managed complex operations across hundreds of worldwide locations, delivered excellent contract performance and consistently demonstrated growth. Her career in the aerospace and defense industry spans 28 years. Carey has a B.S.E.E. with a computer science option from Ohio Northern University and an M.S.E.E. from Syracuse University.

About Honeywell

Honeywell is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; turbochargers; and performance materials. Based in Morris Township, N.J., Honeywell's shares are traded on the New York, London, and Chicago Stock Exchanges. For more news and information on Honeywell, please visit www.honeywellnow.com.

Carey on Diversity and STEM

Leaders are in great demand as business builders and role models. What advice do you have for minorities and women coming “up” in the system?

All leaders must always operate with honesty and integrity. They need to stay true to themselves and make decisions based upon their values and beliefs.

Key to leadership is having a strong technical and business balance. Understanding technology helps a leader to ask the smart questions and anticipate challenges.

The ability to make timely and accurate decisions is a key attribute for any leader. One must readily assess the facts, make a decision and move forward. Also important is listening to members of your team prior to making any decision so that all available information is known.

Finally, understanding your customer and their priorities and needs is fundamental for any leader. It is important to know what motivates them and how they make decisions to be able to offer the best product, service or solution.

Are you a mentor and what is your view of mentorship?

I am a mentor and I view mentorship as a very important part of one’s role as a leader. To be able to help people develop in their career as well as improve in their day-to-day job performance, is one of the most important attributes that a person can contribute to their organization.

Mentorship should be built upon trust, where individuals can have direct and honest discussions on items of any area. It is also important to consider having more than one mentor to get different opinions and to help in multiple areas.

Mentorship should also work two ways, where the mentor not only helps but also learns from the mentee. When I first meet my mentee, I like to establish this two-way communication and learn from them too.

How is your company innovating to promote STEM?

Math and science education is a key pillar of Honeywell Hometown Solutions signature programming, such as:

FMA Live: Middle school students learn about physics with hip-hop music, videos and experiments. Sponsored by Honeywell and NASA, it is aligned with National Science Education Standards. Nearly 320,000 students in 1,000 schools across the U.S. have participated in FMA Live!. www.fmalive.com.

Honeywell Educators @ Space Academy: Honeywell sends 400 teachers every year to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center (USSRC) in Huntsville, Ala. Aligned with Next Generation Science Standards, HESA brings science to life in the classroom. In 10 years we’ve touched more than 2,000 teachers from 56 countries, reaching over 2 million students and creating livelier and more dynamic learning environments. http://educators.honeywell.com/

Honeywell Leadership Challenge Academy: Each year Honeywell sends more than 300 children of employees to the USSRC to develop skills through science-oriented workshops. More than 1,150 students from 47 countries have participated. http://leadership.honeywell.com/

Honeywell Initiative for Science & Engineering: Honeywell partners with global universities to inspire students to pursue careers in science through lectures by Nobel laureates. In the last three years alone, nearly 500 of these graduates are now engineers in Honeywell. http://www.honeywellscience.com/

We also run two environmentally-focused programs for teachers and students – Honeywell Green Boot Camp and Honeywell Institute for Ecosystems Education, and offer Honeywell Horatio Alger Scholarships. Honeywell invests in these programs because they align directly with our business strategy.

SXSWedu and EdTech Europe Partner for 2015 Events

 
EdTech Europe, the leading education technology focused conference platform in Europe, has extended its partnership with SXSWedu, the US' most energetic and innovative education sector event. The collaboration will see EdTech Europe powering two European All Stars events featuring leading European startups and corporate executives as part of the March conference programme in Texas. Reciprocally, SXSWedu Executive Producer Ron Reed and a selection of US education influencers will attend the EdTech Europe London event on 18 June 2015 - all with the aim of bridging the gap between the two markets and championing the dissemination of talents and consolidation of investment in this growing sector.
 
At SXSWedu in Austin, Texas, the two European All Stars sessions powered by EdTech Europe will be held on Tuesday 10th March and provide insights into the European market for US delegates. The first Morning Mixer Event will offer exclusive industry perspectives directly from CEOs and founders of 12 successful European start-ups. The Morning Mixer will include pitches and networking opportunities with European startups babbel, bettermarks, bibblio, Bridge U, busuu, Immerse, Labster, Lecturio, myblee, Primo, sofatutor and The Student Room. The second session, European EdTech: Industry Leaders Share Lessons Learnt, will allow delegates to hear from industry executives including Kelli Campbell, SVP Discovery Communications, Rob Grimshaw, CEO of TES Global and Charles McIntyre, CEO of IBIS Capital and Co-Founder of EdTech Europe. The panellists will share their tried and tested strategies on how to be successful in the European EdTech industry.
 
Benjamin Vedrenne-Cloquet, Co-Founder of EdTech Europe and LAUNCHedu advisory board member, said "this strategic partnership with SXSWedu signals our intention to connect EdTech innovators, thought leaders, and investors globally. We aim to help the entire ecosystem to flourish by creating bridges for capital, talent, innovation and best practices to flow between US and Europe. It is both an honour to power the EdTech European All Stars sessions at SXSWedu and to welcome SXSWedu in London for the EdTech Europe 2015 event.
 
Ron Reed, Executive Producer of SXSWedu, added: "We are delighted to be supporting EdTech Europe again this year, and to be gaining from the experience and insight of all these great European players. There is so much to be learned from our colleagues on both sides of the Atlantic. We look forward to seeing the results our two brands can deliver for the industry."
 
SXSWedu will take place from 9th - 12th March 2015 in Austin, Texas. EdTech Europe will be held at Kings Place in London, UK on 18 June 2015.
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100 Diverse Corporate Leaders in STEM Rising Star - Russell Smith of McKesson

The 100 Diverse Corporate Leaders in STEM blog series features a new business executive Monday-Friday and the exemplary work his or her company is doing to support 21st century STEM learning and workforce development- particularly for women, minorities and under-represented groups. Learn more and download the whole copy at STEMConnector.org/100Diverse. Follow the conversation on social media using #100STEMLeaders. In addition to today's Diverse Corporate Leader, Nimesh Shah, we recognize a Rising Star from McKesson: Russell Smith, vice president, product management.

Russell Smith, McKesson

Russell Smith
Vice President, Product Management
McKesson

My personal and professional success has been predicated on delivering strong business results, proactive leadership, and engaging and maintaining relationships that have a meaningful impact. In addition, my foundation was set early with a strong emphasis on education coupled with leadership disciplines gained as a United State Marine. My business career consists of both corporate and entrepreneurial experiences of leading enterprise business groups across multiple industry verticals, many of which were STEM focused.

Our nation’s future will have a significant dependency on technology innovation and infrastructure management. Technology products and services will become more complex, resulting in a demand for talent in STEM leaders of tomorrow. Young professionals have a great opportunity to excel with a STEM career, as our public and private sectors have an increased demand. In addition, our current college systems are experiencing significantly low participation rates across the STEM disciplines. As a result, immense opportunity will exist for those whose choose to participate.

Mentoring has been a significant contributor it serves as a catalyst for positive exchanges of information from leaders/professionals that articulate workplace dynamics, situational leadership, and talent development. I’m a strong advocate of mentorship as it’s a key component for the development of our communities and educational disciplines associated with STEM. Mentorship in its purist form helps followers identify their unique strengths and weaknesses and tie them to their personal and career aspirations. Benefits of my mentorship experiences have resulted in: leadership proficiency, communication effectiveness, analytics, teamwork/collaboration and proactive engagement.

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