This way, Valtrex helps to regulate the immune system within a short period of time and restrict possibilities of the infected cells After the purchase of Ventolin the situation was changed a lot.
The doctor prescribed me Flagyl. Zithromax without prescriptionPremarin works just fine for me. I used this pill for three months after a full hysterectomy at the age of 50.

National Math + Science Initiative Awarded $20 Million Department Of Education Scale-Up Grant

This is a press release from NMSI

Funding Will Support STEM Teaching and Learning in Diverse School Communities Nationwide

DALLAS, TX (January 5, 2016) | The National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) has received a nearly $20 million Scale-up grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Investing in Innovation (i3) 2015 grant competition. The grant will enable NMSI to expand its proven College Readiness Program (CRP) to ten urban and rural school districts across eight states, serving a high proportion of underserved students. CRP dramatically increases the number of students taking and earning qualifying scores on Advanced Placement® (AP®) math, science and English exams, while expanding access to rigorous coursework to traditionally underrepresented students.
 
NMSI is one of just three 2015 Scale-up grant recipients. The i3 program aims to develop and expand practices that accelerate student achievement and prepare students to succeed in college and career. Scale-up grants are awarded only to those projects with the strongest possible evidence of improving student outcomes. NMSI received its first i3 award, a nearly $15 million "Validation grant," in 2011 to support regional expansion of CRP in Colorado and Indiana and to further establish the program's effectiveness at increasing student achievement. More than 400 applicants competed for this year’s i3 grants.
 
"NMSI's College Readiness Program has proven time and again that all students, regardless of background and zip code, can achieve at high levels when they have the proper encouragement, resources and support," said Matthew Randazzo, CEO of NMSI. "This Scale-up grant will enable us to broaden CRP's reach to 60,000 additional students, most of them from historically underserved populations, and help ensure that they have the knowledge and skills they need to thrive."
 
The 2015 i3 grant will allow NMSI to partner with 40 schools in geographies selected specifically for their concentration of high-need students, science and engineering-based economies and known opportunity gaps. District partners include: Atlanta Public Schools (GA); Cleveland Metropolitan School District (OH); Detroit City School District (MI); Houston Independent School District (TX); Noble Network of Charter Schools (IL); Oakland Unified School District (CA); St. Louis Public Schools (MO); and Bismarck Public Schools, Mandan Public School District and West Fargo Public Schools (ND).
 
By partnering with existing schools and educators, CRP empowers school communities through a comprehensive model that provides extensive training for teachers, more time on task for students, equipment and supplies to support rigorous STEM curricula and achievement-based awards. In just one year, the program boosts the number of AP qualifying scores in math, science and English in partner schools by ten times the national average. Among African-American and Hispanic students participating in the program, the increase in qualifying scores is more than six times the national average, and for female students, ten times the national average. To date, CRP has expanded to nearly 800 schools across 30 states from coast to coast.
 
Last month, NMSI was named among the 13 highest-rated applicants for the i3 2015 grant competition. NMSI became an official grantee after securing the required $1 million in matching funds from the private sector.
 
About National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI)
NMSI, a non-profit organization, was launched in 2007 by top leaders in business, education, and science to transform education in the United States.  NMSI has received national recognition for training grade 3-12 teachers and improving student performance through the rapid expansion of highly successful programs: NMSI's College Readiness Program, NMSI's Laying the Foundation Teacher Training Program, and NMSI's UTeach Expansion Program.  Inaugural funding for NMSI was provided by ExxonMobil, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation.  For more information, visit www.nms.org.

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LEGO® Education Brings Science to Life for Elementary Students with WeDo 2.0

This is a press release from LEGO® Education

LEGO Education WeDo 2.0 is a hands-on, elementary science solution that develops science practices in the classroom through a robot-based learning system. (Photo: Business Wire)

January 5, 2016 — Las Vegas, Nevada — CES (Business Wire) | Today, LEGO® Education announced LEGO Education WeDo 2.0, a hands-on science solution designed for elementary classrooms using a robot-based learning system. The unique solution combines the LEGO® brick, classroom-friendly software and engaging, standards-based projects to teach elementary students essential science practices and skills. With WeDo 2.0, students explore, create and share their scientific discoveries as they build, program and modify projects. Through a series of collaborative challenges, they deeply engage with science, engineering, technology, and coding, sparking a love for experimentation and investigation. Teachers receive support through training, curriculum and built-in assessment. The result – a resource that builds students’ confidence to ask questions, define problems, and design their own solutions by putting scientific discovery in their hands.

Featuring curriculum that contains 40+ hours of lessons and activities built on key science standards for 2nd-4th grades, WeDo 2.0 enables students to engage with the science practices and engineering habits of mind by testing multiple designs through eight guided and eight open-ended projects. For example, in the “Drop and Rescue” project, students are challenged to design a device to reduce the impacts on humans, animals and the environment after an area has been damaged by a weather-related hazard. Students can prototype solutions to a challenge where there is no single right answer, helping teach creativity and problem-solving skills. This also enables educators to tailor lessons to meet all students’ needs, no matter their abilities.

“Teachers know that science and technology skills are crucial for today’s elementary school students, but providing engaging projects that mean something in the real world is a challenge,” said Jeffrey Marlow, a Geobiologist at Harvard University and founder of The Mars Academy education and development program. “WeDo 2.0 offers projects that let students discover the surface of Mars with a model rover, or explore the Amazon rainforest through frog metamorphosis. These science lessons do more than just teach students facts to memorize - they represent an immersive experience that instills a deeper understanding of the scientific method and evidence-based reasoning. Not only are these skills central to science- and technology-based fields, but providing a platform for our students to spark that one idea that could change the world is something they can build on for the rest of their lives.”

The wireless platform includes a Bluetooth low-energy Smarthub element; an electronic-based building brick that is part of the LEGO Power Functions (LPF); a new technology platform for LEGO Education; one motor; one tilt and one motion sensor. The WeDo 2.0 Core software is an essential and easy-to-use component that is colorful, age-appropriate and has a drag-n-drop interface that is graphical in nature. It also contains a documentation tool that enables students to document their problem-solving process and provides an assessment opportunity for teachers.

LEGO Education WeDo 2.0 is available today on iPad, Android, PC, and Macs. Chrome Book support will be available in the second half of 2016. A Scratch interface for WeDo 2.0 (both web-based and stand-alone) will be available for Macs in February 2016 and for PC/Windows in June 2016. For information on how to implement LEGO WeDo 2.0 in your school, or how to transition to WeDo 2.0 from WeDo, visit www.LEGOeducation.us/WeDo.

About LEGO® Education
LEGO® Education offers playful learning experiences and teaching solutions based on the LEGO® system of bricks, curriculum-relevant material, and physical and digital resources to preschool, elementary, middle school, and after school. In partnership with educators for more than 35 years, we support teaching in an inspiring, engaging, and effective way. Our educational solutions, which range from humanities to science, enable every student to succeed by encouraging them to become active, collaborative learners, build skills for future challenges, and establish a positive mind-set toward learning.

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100 CIO/CTO Leaders in STEM- Dr. William C. Krenz, Vice President and Chief Information Officer of The Aerospace Corporation

This blog series features senior corporate executive from the 100 CIO/CTO Leaders in STEM publication sharing their insights on business and innovation from a technology and information perspective. Today’s Leader is Dr. William C. Krenz, Vice President and Chief Information Officer of The Aerospace Corporation.

 

Dr. William C. Krenz
Vice President and Chief Information Officer
The Aerospace Corporation

Dr. William C. “Willie” Krenz is vice president and chief information officer of The Aerospace Corporation, and is responsible for overseeing and managing all aspects of the corporation’s capabilities related to computing resources and infrastructure including strategic planning, policy initiatives, customer support, and the development of applications critical to the success of the information technology program. Krenz is a member of the Southern California CIO Governing Body, the Space Technology Industry-Government-University Roundtable, and the Microsoft CIO Advisory Council. Krenz holds a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Southern California and a doctorate in electrical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, where he concentrated on the identification and control of nonlinear systems. Krenz has been working STEM issues to help energize the next generation about the value and coolness of science and technology. He has worked in the corporate environment by mentoring students and early career employees, and volunteered with local schools to talk about the challenges and fascination with space and technology. He has also worked in his own community, volunteering with youth groups to show how science can be fun and interesting.

About The Aerospace Corporation

The Aerospace Corporation is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to the objective application of science and technology in providing innovative, critical solutions for complex systems. Part of the corporation’s commitment to the future of our nation’s continued success in and access to space is to inspire new generations who will continue the work of companies like The Aerospace Corporation. Aerospace has made STEM the focal point of its education outreach initiatives. Through employee volunteerism, and student and teacher collaboration, Aerospace focuses on inspiring middle and high school students to consider careers in the STEM disciplines. Our mission is to develop a systematic approach that will utilize the knowledge, skill, and expertise of technical volunteers, promoting the advancement of science and math education with our youth. The ultimate goal of these partnerships is to encourage the prospect of cultivating future engineers for the entire aerospace and defense industry.

Criticality of STEM educational emphasis/workforce development to U.S. future concerns

The vast majority of the country’s economical engine is based on technological innovation. The vast majority of that is based on a solid STEM foundation. The burgeoning services that are changing our world now in computers and software are absolutely dependent on the kind of sound thinking, problem solving, and mathematical perspectives that STEM provides. And the future changes (Data Science, nanotechnology, innovative manufacturing, cyber security) will be even more dependent on STEM. In the defense field, innovation is what keeps the nation at an advantage over adversaries. We cannot afford to outsource innovation, nor stifle it. My daughter, who is interested in politics and policy, got an economics degree from MIT because she realized that the kind of mathematical rigor she would learn there would give her a better foundation than many in the policy arena. Sure enough, politics now is as much about Big Data analysis as actual policy development. So we can only be enhanced as a nation with more smart students heading into STEM education, regardless of their final career.

Challenges and opportunities in technology education

The biggest challenge is that people who are really fluent in technology are probably applying it in the commercial marketplace because the value to society is so high. So it is hard to find teachers in the traditional model who fully grasp the breadth of applications of STEM. I believe (though not all agree) that new models of online education offer a much more effective way of reaching students with state-of-the-art technology instruction and knowledge. I know that I consume most of my training this way and I find it very useful to learn at my pace, in the time slots I have available, and with the ability to replay certain sections when I need a refresher. This also allows very high-quality instructors to reach a huge audience with a consistent message that can be updated on a frequent basis. Most sought-after STEM specialists We will be short of computer science students for quite some time. As the world becomes increasingly digital, with exploding amounts of data and compute power, the opportunities for innovation will similarly explode. And it will do so through knowledge of how to utilize computers. But an even better combination is built on a foundation of science or engineering so that the computer scientist has an idea of how the world works or how problems can be solved systematically.

The value of the mentor/mentee relationship

I am a mentor. I’ve had mentors. Basically every one I’ve ever met or had a conversation with has been my mentor. I think restricting yourself to one mentor is a bad idea because there is so much to learn from so many people that you need to take advantage of every opportunity. So I listen and learn from every interaction, whether fleeting or sustained, because I find value in gathering all that data from diverse perspectives.

Advice for minorities and women coming “up” in the system

My consistent career advice for people of any background is to make sure that you are contributing to the mission. You need to make a difference and move the ball forward. Everything else is secondary. At a company like ours, where mission success is the dominant goal, it’s pretty easy to know how to do that, and people will recognize you for doing it well, because that’s what we care about. If you make sustained important contributions and have an interest in doing that at a “higher” organization level, you’ll probably get that chance. It’s really as simple as that.

Diversity and STEM careers

STEM is a great platform for diversity, because there is such a need for talent in STEM fields that you’d have to be an idiot to exclude someone who is qualified. At our company, we are totally focused on making things work, and we don’t care how you look, or talk, or spend your private time – we want you to make a useful contribution to ensure rockets launch and satellites operate and systems work. We don’t waste time with irrelevant factors. We spend time celebrating the accomplishments of everyone so that all of our groups of people feel that they have an opportunity for their voice to be heard.

 

100 CIO/CTO Leaders in STEM- Vince Campisi, Global CIO for GE Software at General Electric

This blog series features senior corporate executive from the 100 CIO/CTO Leaders in STEM publication sharing their insights on business and innovation from a technology and information perspective. Today’s Leader is Vince Campisi, Global Chief Information Officer for GE Software at General Electric.

 

Vince Campisi
Global CIO for GE Software
General Electric

Vince Campisi is the global CIO for GE Software, and leads the Software & Services Technology (SST) organization, which focuses on delivering software & analytics-based outcomes to drive enhanced customer productivity and value. Campisi has been with GE since 1998 and has completed assignments across GE Power & Water, GE Energy Management, GE Capital, and GE Corporate. He has progressed through leadership roles in Software Development, Information Technology, and Product Quality/ Operations. Prior to GE Software, he was CIO & Lean Leader for GE Intelligent Platforms and CIO & Quality Leader for GE Water & Process Technologies. As a member GE’s Services Council, he focuses on leveraging software & analytics to craft better customer solutions and services in alignment with GE’s Industrial Internet strategy. He is also a member of GE’s IT Council, which focuses on driving company-wide initiatives such as GE’s cloud transformation efforts and the company’s efforts around big data analytics. Campisi is a committed partner and advocate of STEM programs at GE. He believes these programs help educate today’s young talent in learning what’s possible with technology, including how the Industrial Internet can drive efficiencies and productivity across major industries that will ultimately make people’s lives better.

About GE

GE and the GE Foundation are committed to building a world that works better. We’re empowering the next generation of diverse, innovative STEM leaders with the workforce skills necessary to succeed. The GE Foundation has been recognized for its STEM leadership by the National Science Teachers Association and Columbia University’s Teacher College, among others. The work spans K-12 and college and career-readiness. GE Volunteers power the Foundation by engaging and empowering students globally and locally. One of the largest skill-based programs within GE is at GE Lighting in Cleveland, Ohio, where in 2008, MC2 STEM High School became the first high school to be embedded in a corporate campus. Local GE employees support education through skills based volunteering and supporting the schools real-world project based learning.

How technology could transform our world

As a society we’ve only just scratched the surface on all the ways technology will transform our world in positive and amazing ways. But new technology doesn’t just appear out of thin air. It flows from the ingenuity of brilliant, educated people who have the vision and know-how to turn their ideas into solutions for the world’s biggest challenges. The promise technology holds for transforming our future can only be realized if we have the talent to invent it, shape it and put it to work for the good of all. Providing outstanding educational opportunities in the STEM disciplines is an essential part of delivering on that promise.

There’s a sea change taking place at the point where industry and technology intersect that, in my view, will make the Industrial Revolution and the rise of the Internet look like baby steps for humanity by comparison. This collision of the physical and digital worlds—bringing together the nuts and bolts of industrial machines with the ones and zeros of software—has the potential to yield more benefits than even I can imagine. It’s called the Industrial Internet and the innovations it will deliver have direct application in sectors accounting for $10- 15 trillion of the global GDP.

The Industrial Internet combines intelligent machines, advanced analytics, and people at work in ways that promise to dramatically improve productivity and efficiency. And even if it results in a very conservative one-percent improvement in efficiency, the results will be impressive. For example, we estimate that a savings of one-percent in fuel costs would save the commercial aviation industry $30 billion in 15 years. A similar rise in efficiency in our gas-fired power plants could save $66 billion in fuel costs. In health care, the savings would be $63 billion; for the freight industry, $27 billion. I could go on, but you get the idea. And the benefits transcend financial savings. The Industrial Internet literally has the potential to help reduce carbon emissions, to improve quality and access to healthcare that saves lives, and to transform entire economies for the betterment of humankind.

The U.S. is an early leader in the Industrial Internet, but our position can only be sustained by the ready availability of an exceptionally strong talent pool, not just in the traditional STEM “silos,” but with new, hybrid skill sets.

Traditionally, in order to achieve the sort of efficiency and performance gains I mentioned, we had to defy the laws of physics with breakthroughs in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, chemical engineering, science, technology, and math. But the Industrial Internet enables us to further defy the laws of physics through amazing feats in the digital worlds of software engineering and data science. These disciplines, a critical part of STEM, are essential to unlocking the next era of industrial innovation, growth and productivity.

Since opening our center in San Ramon in 2012, GE Software has hired more than 1,000 men and women with backgrounds in math, computer science, engineering, data science, user design experience and other relevant fields. This is a new kind of STEM workforce, aligned in their common pursuit of connecting the world of intelligent machines with people and data.

At GE, we are committed to thinking differently and collaborating in ways that take put our incredible depth of expertise, insight and industrial know-how to good use. But without our simultaneous commitment to STEM, our ability to face and meet the coming challenges would be severely compromised.

That’s why we invest in STEM programs like Girls Who Code and GE Girls, which help spark the imaginations of our next generation of engineers, data scientists, software developers, and technologists. It’s why we’ve developed mentorship and leadership programs, which open doors for young leaders, inspiring and empowering them to create brilliant approaches to solving the world’s toughest challenges. It’s why our GE Foundation pursues its vision of building a better world by empowering a diverse new generation of innovative STEM leaders with the workforce skills necessary to thrive. The Foundation’s work, spanning K-12, college and career-readiness, has been recognized for its STEM leadership by the National Science Teachers Association and Columbia University’s Teacher College, among others. And it’s why we developed one of the largest skill based programs at GE Lighting in Cleveland, Ohio, where in 2008, MC2 STEM High School became the first high school to be embedded in a corporate campus.

At GE, we believe every industrial company is going to be a software & analytics company, because the next era for industries like energy, healthcare, and aviation will require companies to bring together the world of physics and the world of analytics. So when you step back and think about the talent we’ll need to digitize every major industry, it’s clear that the demand for folks with strong disciplines in science, technology, engineering and math is going to be exponentially higher than it has ever been before. If we don’t continue to invest in STEM talent it won’t be the laws of physics preventing us from breaking new technical boundaries it will be a lack of the necessary talent to help us challenge and redefine what is possible.

Family Friendly Science Film: Encounters at the End of the World

On January 2nd I settled in for a movie night, browsed through Netflix, and came across a 2007 documentary on Antarctica, "Encounters at the End of the World."  With such a warm winter, there hasn't been much snow in Michigan and I needed a good dose of it.  I love documentaries, but this was a great movie beyond what I expected.

Director and narrator Werner Herzog reminds you at the beginning of the movie that this is not another one about "fluffy penguins."  Which is exactly why this is a perfect film to show young students interested in STEM either in the classroom or at home.

Herzog talks to the scientists that live and work in Antarctica during the summer months (October - February), giving you a glimpse into the cool things you can do in the field of science and engineering.  

You will be taken to McMurdo Station, and soon venture out to a seal lab, a diving lab, Mount Erebus, and the launch of the Antarctic Impulse Transient Antenna via helium baloon.

It is a truly fascinating movie that has been shown at film festivals around the world, winning the award for Best Documentary at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.  

Find it on Netflix and have a fun movie night with the family, or queue it up in class and let the kids ease back into school as they return from break.

Encounters at the End of the World Trailer

Happy Holidays from the STEMconnector Team!

Happy Holidays from the entire STEMconnector team! Here's our STEMdaily and EdTech Weekly Report schedule for the rest of 2015.

December 23rd-25th:
STEMdaily: OFF
EdTech Weekly Report: 12/23

December 28th-January 1st:
STEMdaily: Special STEMyearly edition on 12/30 with highlights of the biggest STEM and STEMconnector headlines from 2015.
EdTech Weekly Report: EdTech Yearly Report on 12/30

January 4th-9th:
STEMdaily and EdTech Weekly Report resume normal schedule.

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Start-up to spark start-ups wins James Dyson Award

This is a guest blog from the James Dyson Foundation

Voltera V-One rapid prototyping system prints circuit boards within minutes

Printed circuit boards (PCBs) are everywhere, from smartphones to biomedical devices. To research and develop new electronics, it is vital for engineers, inventors and students working in this area to be able to prototype PCBs quickly and cheaply. But this process tends to be time-consuming and expensive. All too often circuit board designs must be sent to a factory overseas for printing, only for the whole process to be repeated as soon as a minor change is required.

In a world revolutionized by 3D printing, the time-lag in prototyping PCBs seems archaic. And the expense involved can discourage people with an interest in making things from following their ambitions. It can also impact productivity, burdening businesses – particularly SMEs and start-ups – with extra costs and delays when bringing new technology to market.

Four engineering students from the University of Waterloo, Canada, set out to tackle the problem. Their solution: Voltera V-One, a laptop-sized PCB printer that can turn design files into prototype circuit boards in minutes. No more delays. No more unnecessary expense of sending them overseas. And their invention has today won them the international James Dyson Award.

Voltera V-One uses the same rapid prototyping principles that underpin 3D printing. It lays down conductive and insulating inks to create a functional, 2-layer circuit board. But it’s also a solder paste dispenser, allowing components to be added to the board and reflowed by a 550w heater.    

Alroy Almeida, co-founder says: “When we first started the company, we spoke to many experts who told us we were too ambitious and that it was impossible to create a tool that could effectively prototype circuits. We took that as a challenge!”

Additive manufacturing has transformed how things are made – and who can make them. Voltera V-One promises to do the same for electronics. As international winners of the James Dyson Award, the team will be awarded $45,000 to further develop their idea.

The growth of personal 3D printers averaged 345% every year between 2008 and 2011  – and consumer 3D printing is set to grow tenfold by 2018 . But while 3D printers have opened the door to the maker and hobbyist movement, three quarters of the revenue generated will come from business: with industrial printers used for prototyping and manufacturing across multiple sectors.

Jesús Zozaya, co-founder, says: “We’re at a critical point with Voltera. Our parts are now being manufactured and we are about to begin a new wave of testing in our lab. The $45,000 we’ve been awarded as winners of the James Dyson Award will help us to ramp up production and enhance testing.”

James Dyson says: “The Voltera V-One team is made up of four impressive young graduates. Their solution makes prototyping electronics easier and more accessible – particularly to students and small businesses. But it also has the potential to inspire many more budding engineers. Something I am very passionate about.”

James Dyson Award International runners-up:

Green Fairy, Taiwan
Wei-Lun Huang, Chung Hua University

Problem: Human excrement, fertilizer, animal manure, pesticides and detergent enter rivers on a daily basis, polluting the water and fuelling algal bloom. The lack of oxygen and sunlight caused by the excess algae can kill fish and plant life – and algal bloom poisoning can make humans ill, too. Less economically developed countries in particular need a simple solution that doesn’t depend on infrastructure and regulation.

Solution: Green Fairy is a system of biodegradable cell beads. These beads contain specially bred microorganisms which consume the nutrients in water that cause algal bloom. The cell beads’ activity is controlled by the Carbon:Nitrogen ratio – when the ratio exceeds a certain level, there is no longer an excessive amount of nutrients in the water, and the microorganisms inside the cell beads die.  

Express Dive, Ireland
Cathal Redmond, University of Limerick

Problem: Scuba equipment is too heavy for leisure diving, and the preparation process is rigorous and time-consuming.  Scuba kits can also be costly. But snorkels aren’t an ideal alternative: they have to be connected to the surface, so do not allow the user to dive to any real depth.  

Solution: Express Dive overcomes the complexities of a scuba set-up by reducing the number and size of parts needed to breathe underwater, vastly reducing the weight and size of the breathing apparatus.  Unlike traditional snorkels, Express Dive allows the user to dive to much greater depths as it has its own separate air tank.  Once the air supply begins to run out, the user simply resurfaces and holds a button to refill the one-liter tank. The final product will cost only $650.

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100 CIO/CTO Leaders in STEM-Felicia J. Fields Group Vice President, Human Resources and Corporate Services at Ford Motor Company

This blog series features senior corporate executive from the 100 CIO/CTO Leaders in STEM publication sharing their insights on business and innovation from a technology and information perspective. Today’s Leader is Felicia J. Fields, Group Vice President, Human Resources and Corporate Services at Ford Motor Company.

 

Felicia J. Fields
Group Vice President, Human Resources and Corporate Services
Ford Motor Company

Felicia J. Fields, Ford group vice president for Human Resources and Corporate Services since March 25, 2008, leads the global Human Resources and Corporate Services functions for Ford Motor Company. In this position, Fields provides expertise in key HR capabilities including succession planning and talent management, strategic workforce planning, compensation and benefits, organization development, recruiting, and leadership and professional development. She is also responsible for corporate security, travel, and the company’s Dealer Policy Board. As a group vice president, Fields ensures the development and execution of business strategies that reflect the global business environment, customer and market needs.  She reports to Mark Fields, Ford president and CEO.

Fields previously was vice president for Human Resources, an appointment she received on Jan. 1, 2005. Before that, she served as executive director of Human Resources, Automotive Operations and Corporate Staffs. Since joining Ford in 1986, Fields has held HR leadership positions in Manufacturing, Research, Information Technology, Finance, Product Development and Corporate Development. 

Fields is a member of the Board of the Inforum Center for Leadership and the Women’s Health Advisory Council at Oakwood Hospital.  She was formerly on the Board of Directors for the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME) and also served as Vice Chair of the Governance Committee. 

Her outstanding leadership and professional achievements have been recognized by major professional and news organizations. These recognitions include 2010 Black Enterprise Most Powerful Women in Business, American Society of Employers (ASE) 2009 HR Executive of the Year, Michigan Chronicle’s 2009 Women of Excellence Award, and 2010 Automotive News “Leading Women in the North American Automotive Industry.”

Fields is a proud third-generation Ford employee. She received a bachelor of arts degree in psychology with high distinction from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in administration from Central Michigan University. She has various certifications in leadership development, personal effectiveness and diversity.

About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 183,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln.

Ford has been a long-time supporter of STEM initiatives relevant to the automotive industry, from high school FIRST robotics teams to university solar car and electric vehicle teams. This year Ford’s High School Science and Technology (HSSTP) program, which gives students the opportunity to spend time on Ford’s Dearborn campus to meet with scientists, researchers, engineers and technicians and learn how science and engineering can have real-world applications, celebrates 30 years. In addition, Ford Next Generation Learning is nationally recognized for engaging school districts, employers, workforce and economic development entities, and local organizations in the development of career-themed academies within existing public high schools.

Beyond standards, what are the first steps we should take to curb the STEM education crisis?

Encouraging students to continue their education in the areas of math and science requires an entire community -- parents, educators, community and corporate leaders --working together to help reinforce the importance of STEM skills and how these skills are connected to the  real world.  It’s not enough to talk about the importance of STEM and teach STEM education in the classroom.  As leaders, we must ensure that we are helping students make a real world connection between skills such as critical thinking and spatial knowledge. In addition, students need to have access to mentors and role models.

What traits do corporate leaders need to effectively support and advance STEM today?

As corporate leaders, one critical element to supporting and advancing STEM is staying connected.  We must continue to work with community and business leaders, educators, and policy makers, to engage in discussions about the state of STEM and ways help close the skills gap.  We also must continue to proactively look for ways to collaborate and partner on projects and programs that will engage, inspire and elevate students. 

In addition, it is important for corporate leadership teams to regularly engage in discussions about the future of the company – in terms of technology, products and talent – in order to be more aware of future business needs.  Framing STEM in terms of its future business impact helps engage corporate leaders. 

At Ford Motor Company, we understand that our success today, tomorrow, and in the future not only depends on being socially and environmentally responsible, but on being a company that’s able to attract the best and brightest talent in all areas.

What is the STEM initiative that your company has supported are you most proud of?

At Ford, we support a number of STEM initiatives, so it’s difficult to select just one.  However, before STEM became a popular acronym, Ford recognized the need to have a pipeline of qualified technical talent to innovate and create the products that our customers want and value.  Ford’s High School Science and Technology (HSSTP) program will celebrate 30 years in October and is something we are extremely proud of.

This program has given students in southeast Michigan the opportunity to spend time on Ford’s Dearborn campus to meet with scientists, researchers, engineers and technicians and learn how science and engineering can have real-world applications. Each year about 150 students attend six Saturday morning sessions at Ford’s Research and Innovation Center with Ford employees who voluntarily teach them various STEM career applications. 

Other STEM programs Ford supports include:

  • FIRST Robotics - High school robotics competition. Ford supports Detroit area high school FIRST teams in local, regional, and national robotics competitions. There’s also a FIRST LEGO league, targeted at ages 9-14, and Jr. LEGO leagues for ages 6-9
  • Square One - This high school vehicle team competition focuses on Great Lakes states (MI, OH, IN). Like Formula SAE, students build and race vehicles in various categories
  • Camp Invention - Summer camp for elementary school students to teach them about the process of invention and creativity
  • AMTech - Collaboration of colleges and companies working to strengthen the competency and global competitiveness of the automotive workforce
  • DAPCEP (Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program) – Non-profit organization that provides promising K-12 students from underrepresented groups educational programming and exposure to STEM fields through Saturday and summer programs
  • NACME (National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering) – Provides scholarships for underrepresented minority engineers, gathers research on diversity and equity in Engineering, advocates/lobbies for STEM education and provides programs for students throughout the education pipeline

How can we do a better job to strategically coordinate all those engaged in STEM across the company or different departments?

In recent years we have stepped up our efforts and are supporting STEM initiatives in a more holistic way. Our STEM strategy recognizes the importance of a strong governance structure with leadership that supports the strategy with resources to ensure it remains sustainable. We have councils at various levels of the company that engage many sectors of our business. We ensure that our current and future initiatives are aligned, using data and metrics to drive actions and decisions on where we will invest in the future. In addition, we stay connected to our stakeholders and active partners. These include external organizations already working on great STEM initiatives as well as our own employees.

What is your vision for the future of STEM careers, through diversity?

Diversity in the workplace and within all disciplines helps maximize productivity and creativity, and ultimately helps meet the needs of a diverse and global customer base.

At Ford Motor Company we are focused on the attraction, development, and retention of a diverse workforce, and believe this is essential to our global success.  Making sure varied disciplines, perspectives and talents are part of the workforce results in innovative solutions for the rapidly evolving needs of our diverse society.

 

 

100 CIO/CTO Leaders in STEM- Stuart Kippelman, Corporate Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Covanta

This blog series features senior corporate executive from the 100 CIO/CTO Leaders in STEM publication sharing their insights on business and innovation from a technology and information perspective. Today’s Leader is Stuart Kippelman, Corporate Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Covanta.

 

Stuart Kippelman
Corporate Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Covanta

Stuart Kippelman is the Corporate Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Covanta and is responsible for all aspects of the company’s global information and digital technology. In his capacity as CIO, Mr. Kippelman has been instrumental in leveraging innovative technologies to transform the way the business is run and generates revenue. 

As a globally-recognized IT leader, Mr. Kippelman has received numerous prestigious industry recognition including Computerworld’s 2014 Premier IT Leader Award and the CIO.com Top 100 Award in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Mr. Kippelman came to Covanta from Johnson & Johnson where he was Chief Information Officer, Health & Wellness. Prior to this role, Mr. Kippelman was J&J’s Vice President of Global Infrastructure Technology and, before that, Corporate Director of IT M&A, Innovation and Emerging Markets. During his tenure at J&J, Mr. Kippelman spearheaded the creation of revenue-generating business opportunities, new services, applications, and patented research. He led many aspects of global infrastructure and strategic improvements to leverage the power of technology to enhance business efficiencies and employee productivity.  In the search for next generation breakthroughs, and in support of STEM activities, Mr. Kippelman led the sponsorship and research at the MIT Media Laboratories.

Mr. Kippelman is a monthly guest columnist and regularly quoted in the WSJ, and is a featured blogger on Computerworld.com (Real World IT).  An accomplished speaker, Mr. Kippelman is a frequent presenter at many major industry conferences, delivering keynote presentations on a wide variety of topics.  He is actively engaged in various STEM activities including guiding and developing the next generation of IT leadership and serves as a career mentor for Columbia University's Executive Master of Science in Technology Management program. 

About Covanta

Covanta (pronounced coh-van-tuh) is one of the world’s largest owners and operators of infrastructure for the conversion of waste-to-energy (known as “energy-from- waste” or “EfW”), as well as other waste disposal and renewable energy production businesses. Our company name represents the cooperation and advantages inherent in the partnerships we form to provide sustainable waste disposal solutions  for the communities and businesses we serve. Covanta operates and/or has ownership positions in over 40 energy-from-waste facilities in located North America, Italy and China. We also operate other waste management businesses such as transfer stations and metals recycling facilities complementary to our core EfW business.

Covanta-operated facilities in North America convert 20 million tons of trash annually into clean, renewable energy for approximately 1 million homes. Covanta’s U.S. operations process approximately 65 percent of the nation’s EfW volume and offset 20 million tons of greenhouse gases annually. 

Furture of STEM

It is difficult to believe that in today’s world where technology dominates our lives in every imaginable way, there is a crisis brewing. The nation faces a critical shortage in the number of graduates adequately prepared to work in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) related careers.  So what’s going wrong?  It’s how we educate and motivate students.

In the future, it will take an even greater level of focus on STEM for our nation to become successful, and it all starts with education. What’s needed is a new approach to the educational curriculum in our country. Hands-on educational experiences should be introduced as early as Kindergarten and extend through high school. Real things, not using a word processor as a typewriter, or PowerPoint to draw shapes.  To turn this around we need to gain students’ interests early, often, and with the same enthusiasm as focus as we show to sports such as lacrosse and soccer.  Teachers should lead these areas who are as passionate about applied problem-solving as their students. 

And who is equipped to prepare young students for the next decade? We need to look not just at the classically trained education majors. Yes, they have their place. But so do professionals already working in their respective STEM fields. There is a material difference in being taught by someone relying on the Teacher’s Edition for a subject they don’t truly understand nor have a real-world connection to versus someone who has a grasp of the root concepts and a desire to infect the next generation with their passion for discovery and innovation. Students must learn how the world fits together, along with critical thinking and problem solving skills. Once equipped, graduates will find themselves very well positioned to change the world! 

Fixing this issue isn’t complicated as there already exists amazing resources to teach kids to program and think analytically, such as Code.org and MIT’s free computer programing language, Scratch.  There are many additional resources to teach kids JavaScript, and many other computer programming languages. Maybe if we leverage these kinds of resources, and include even young children in the process of solving real business issues, we would excite them more and encourage them from a young age to enter STEM fields.

In addition to an academic education, the next generation needs to have meaningful exposure to professional environments.  I am a huge proponent of hands-on internships and corporate fellowship programs at every kind of company.  The work must be meaningful and true on-the-job experience, not clerical busywork.  At Covanta we encourage and support internships that are meaningful and in line with a student’s course of study. We strive to put students to work in real business situations, doing work that matters and that is reflective of the position. If I had my way, what I’d like to see, even at the elementary school level, is a regular program where invited guests who work in STEM-related fields, regularly interact with the students.  I really do believe with the right education, STEM students have a true chance to change the world. 

While important today, STEM skills and qualifications will become even more important since the problems our world faces are more complicated than they used to be.  When I worked in the medical and healthcare research field, the scientists would say that all of the low-hanging fruit – simple-to-moderately challenging problems had all been solved already.  What remains, is the more challenging stuff; the stuff we need to adequately prepare today’s youth to tackle. The future of our nation rests upon the success of these very individuals!

At the same time, while the problems are getting more complicated, all industries are becoming more reliant on technology than ever before.  In my mind, all companies are now technology companies because we all rely on it so heavily to run our lives.  In addition, we are now living in a data-driven society driving a data-driven economy.  Our products demand technology advancements to stay competitive, our employees expect access to the latest tools to be more productive, and our customers expect access to all data the instant they need it.  This trend will continue to accelerate, and those in the STEM field will be the catalyst for all companies to make the transformation.  Those who embrace the change and not resist it, will be the winners in 2016 and beyond.

As a CIO and leader in the technology space, I spend a lot of time thinking about how to manage all these issues and leverage STEM to create a competitive advantage for Covanta.  I spend a lot of time recruiting the right individuals with the necessary mindsets to position our IT department to act quickly, think creatively to solve problems, and in doing so, drive change.  Like that scientist told me, it will take more effort to solve tomorrow’s problems than it did to solve yesterdays. 

As a country, we need many more people with critical thinking and STEM skills to accomplish our goals and maintain our competitive edge.  Deciphering business Intelligence, analytics, automation, cloud computing, mobile applications, and cyber security are just some of the challenges before us.  Embracing STEM will lead to the competitive advantage we are looking for.  CIOs must turn these change into results that bear fruit. It isn’t optional, but a question of survival!

100 CIO/CTO Leaders in STEM- Gary A. King, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer of T-Mobile USA

This blog series features senior corporate executive from the 100 CIO/CTO Leaders in STEM publication sharing their insights on business and innovation from a technology and information perspective. Today’s Leader is Gary A. King, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer of T-Mobile USA.

 

Gary A. King
Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer
T-Mobile USA

From 2004 to 2013, Mr. King was the Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Chico’s FAS, a specialty retailer of private branded clothing and accessories. The company operates 1250 women’s specialty stores operating under the Chico’s, WhiteHouse|BlackMarket, Soma Intimates and Boston Proper names.

Prior to joining Chico’s, Mr. King served as Chief Information Officer for Barnes & Noble from 2002 to 2004. From 1999 to 2002, he served as Executive Vice President of Operations and Chief Technology Officer for barnesandnoble.com. Prior to joining Barnes & Noble, Mr. King was Vice President of Global Information Technology for Avon Products, Inc. and from 1993 to 1998 was based in the United

Kingdom with technology responsibilities for Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India. Under his leadership, his team provided the systems infrastructure for starting fourteen new market entries throughout the region.

Mr. King began his career with Burroughs Corporation and held various systems management and technology positions playing a key role in integrating the infrastructure of Sperry and Burroughs to form Unisys.

Mr. King received a Bachelor of Science degree in computer Science from the University of Florida and attended graduate studies in business administration at Florida Atlantic University. He is a member of the Board of Directors/Advisory Board for the following organizations: Center for Supply Chain Management at the University of Florida and the Southwest Florida Children’s Charities.  

About T-Mobile

As America's Un-carrier, T-Mobile US, Inc. (NYSE: TMUS) is redefining the way consumers and businesses buy wireless services through leading product and service innovation. The Company's advanced nationwide 4G LTE network delivers outstanding wireless experiences to approximately 57 million customers who are unwilling to compromise on quality and value. Based in Bellevue, Washington, T-Mobile US provides services through its subsidiaries and operates its flagship brands, T-Mobile and MetroPCS. For more information, please visit http://www.t-mobile.com.

Talent Pipeline

I’ve said it before: one of the most difficult aspects of my role as Chief Information Officer is finding and recruiting talent. I run at a constant talent deficit because I cannot find people with the skills I need to fill the job openings I have.

But, why is this? The education system is what feeds the talent pipeline for companies. However, this pipeline isn’t delivering at the speed my business needs. And, for a company like T-Mobile, which is growing and moving at an unprecedented pace, that is unacceptable.

Technology is all around us. It touches everyone every day. It is the future. Let’s expose youth to technology, get them interested in how it works and give them the opportunities to get inspired and involved. Countries, like India and China, are cranking out graduates with exceptional skills, education and drive. And, the US should be too.

We can do this with a focus on creating career-ready individuals by exposing kids early to STEM opportunities.

T-Mobile counts approximately 57 million people as customers and one hundred thousand as employees, our CEO has 1.45 million Twitter followers and we reach millions more through our retail stores and advertising every single day. We are revolutionizing the wireless industry and making it easy for consumers and businesses to interact whenever and wherever they are throughout their day.

We are a fast-moving technology company. And, our IT organization is in a period of transformation – becoming mobile first, enabling radical simplification, empowering employees and providing a unified experience. We need talent with science, technology, engineering and mathematics experience to support our business. Along with STEM skills and knowledge, future employees also need communication skills and business savvy.

But, how do we close the gap on getting people interested in STEM fields? Today, everyone is growing up with and has some kind of experience with technology. The key is to expose kids to science, technology, engineering and mathematics early and inspire them to go and study those subjects through real-world work experiences.

At T-Mobile, we’re investing in our local youth in a couple of ways.

Non-Profit Internship Program

We’ve partnered with Year Up, a local-Seattle non-profit, to provide under-privileged students the framework to get to the next level. The students working at T-Mobile have the opportunity to learn skills very much in demand across our industry and the opportunity to learn on the ground with seasoned professionals.

T-Mobile’s interns are working in our QA department, reporting errors in software before it moves to production. We’ve also challenged them with coming up with solutions to automate certain manual processes. Given the tools and resources they have, they work closely with T-Mobile employees who provide guidance, feedback and support.

The interns have also earned certifications in MTA OS Fundamentals, Visual Basic & Database Fundamentals and MOS Excel. They are gaining confidence to lead and influence, as well as, to present their work to other T-Mobile employees. It’s exciting to see the progress these students are making during their time here.

Technology Internship Program

We’re also driving towards a robust technology internship program. As a company, T-Mobile has continuously hosted internship programs but, this year, we are really amping up the technology organizations internship efforts. The program will increase T-Mobile’s visibility to future graduates and allow for continued relationships with interns who will be a renewable resource for new hires.

This year will be a building year for the technology internship program. Working with universities in proximity to T-Mobile, our program is intended to:

  • Enhance our Enterprise IT and Technology talent pipeline and build T-Mobile brand awareness through university partnerships.
  • Strengthen our current workforce by focusing the intern program on current skill gaps and strategically needed roles.
  • Give students and recent graduates meaningful employment experiences and provide T-Mobile managers leadership opportunities and a chance to mentor and manage.

Feedback from Technology VPs suggests that current workforce needs extend beyond traditional STEM focuses to include some non-traditional programs and workers. Based on this feedback, our internship program looks to recruit students with technical aptitude and training along with education and skills extending to areas, such as Business, Finance, Accounting, Information Systems, Marketing, Data Science, Analytics and Human Centered Design and Engineering.

Not only will the internship program give students and recent graduates meaningful employment experiences but it will also provide T-Mobile managers leadership opportunities and a chance to mentor and manage.

We need our internship and recruiting efforts to be successful. Along with running our business, we need to be investing in our future talent pipeline as this is what will drive success in our organizations.

Someday, I hope there is enough talent to fill every one of my job openings. That is why these types of programs and these students are so important to me. I’m investing in them and hope to get them invested in technology so one day they can come work for T-Mobile.

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