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Global Action Summit

As a member of STEMConnector, we are happy to provide an invitation for you to attend the upcoming Global Action Summit on food, health, and economic innovation, November 17 & 18, Music City Center, Nashville at a special registration rate. 

Some of the outstanding experts and speakers in the summit program are listed below.  A full agenda is found on the SUMMIT 2014 PROGRAM at the top of our website:

This is an annual event for executive leaders and is by special invitation only.

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Fareed Zakaria, CNN host and Summit moderator; Trevor Davies, Global Head, Center of Excellence International Development of KPMG US; Lucretia Murphy, Project Director, Jobs for the Future; and Stephen Badger, Chairman of Mars Incorporated. 


Balaji Ganapathy, Head of Workforce Effectiveness, Tata Consultancy; Jon Clifton, Deputy Director, Gallup World Poll; Howard Minigh, President & CEO CropLife International; and Nancy Lorenzi, Medical Informatics, Vanderbilt University.



Jeffrey Balser, Vice Chancellor and Dean for the School of Medicine, Vanderbilt University; Audrey Murrell, Director and Thought Leader in Ethics and Leadership from the University of Pittsburgh ; Matt Koehler, Principal Engineer for the MITRE Corporation; and Christian Ketels, Principal Associate for the Harvard Business School Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness.

Global Action Summit Highlights: November 17 & 18

  • How will our world build an ecosystem for abundant food to feed the world?
  • What are the most promising frontiers for health innovation?
  • How will the private sector lead global competitiveness?
  • How will disruptive innovation affect big data, mobile technologies and outcomes for the internet of things? 

  • How can we make the "right" decisions in such a complex connected, ever-changing world?  
  • How can "mutuality" successfully address grand challenges across global markets?
  • How do we measure success for abundant food, health and prosperity?

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100 Diverse Corporate Leaders in STEM - Alexander B. Cummings of The Coca-Cola 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 Follow the conversation on social media using #100STEMLeaders. Today's Diverse Corporate Leader is Alexander B. Cummings, executive vice president and chief administrative officer at The Coca-Cola Company.

Alexander Cummings, Coke

Alexander B. Cummings
Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer
The Coca-Cola Company

Mr. Alexander B. Cummings is Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of The Coca-Cola Company. The CAO structure consolidates key global corporate functions to support five operating groups with presence in over 200 countries. Born in Liberia, West Africa, Mr. Cummings joined The Coca-Cola Company in 1997 as Region Manager, Nigeria. In 2000, he was named President of the Company's North & West Africa Division. In March 2001, he became President and Chief Operating Officer of the Africa Group, responsible for the Company's operations in Africa, encompassing a total of 56 countries and territories across the continent.

Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Cummings held several positions with The Pillsbury Company in the U.S. Mr. Cummings currently serves on the board of Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated. He is a member of the Executive Leadership Council (ELC). Mr. Cummings holds a B.S. degree in Finance and Economics from Northern Illinois University and an MBA in Finance from Atlanta University.

About The Coca-Cola Company

The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is the world's largest beverage company, refreshing consumers with more than 500 sparkling and still brands. Led by Coca-Cola, one of the world's most valuable and recognizable brands, our Coca-Cola’s portfolio features 17 billion-dollar brands including Diet Coke, Fanta, Sprite, Coca-Cola Zero, vitaminwater, Powerade,Minute Maid, and Del Valle. With an enduring commitment to building sustainable communities, our company is focused on initiatives that reduce our environmental footprint, support active, healthy living, create a safe, inclusive work environment for our associates, and enhance the economic development of the communities where we operate. Together with our bottling partners, we rank among the world's top 10 private employers with more than 700,000 system associates, including thousands who are employed in STEM-related fields.

Alexander on Diversity and STEM

Why is STEM education/workforce development critical to the future of the nation?

We are witnessing historic technological disruption. The scale and acceleration of technological change threatens to create a binary world: those on the leading edge of technology; and those who are following further and further behind. STEM capability must define the entire workforce. It’s how work is done. It’s how processes improve. It’s how discoveries are made and applied. It’s how countries compete. It’s also the source of jobs that strengthen economies. Companies across economies say they have those jobs, but they can’t find people with the technical skills to fill them. That is a gap we have to close.

What do corporations need to do to create more STEM careers and fill existing jobs?

I don’t believe that creating STEM careers is the issue. The career paths are open because skills in science, technology engineering and math are so valuable. The rigor and problem solving that are the heart of STEM are not just of value in the labs and on the production lines. They impact us across the business. From an employee development standpoint, the keys are to attract people with STEM proficiencies, channel them to the positions where those proficiencies create value for the company, and continuously challenge and develop them.

What is the key to smart STEM investment?

It starts with accepting that no single factor defines smart. It takes a new kind of partnership we call a Golden Triangle. Business, government and civil society must come together in a collaboration that invests in ways that erase any distinction between societal value and business value. Business, government and education must work cooperatively to find ways to make science, math and technology fun. We have to convince students that they can do it – especially important for young women who, according to studies, tend to shy away from STEM disciplines. We must prove that the extra work STEM studies take is worth it. We have to maintain a focus that steps up to the fact that 60 percent of students who start high school with an interest in STEM are no longer interested by the time they graduate. Being at the output end of the talent pipeline, business has an obvious stake in supporting programs that attract and support both students and teachers.

What do we need in the US to continue to be at the top of global innovation?

We have to accept that innovation leadership is no longer an American birthright. We must think and invest with a sense of urgency. That urgency covers everything from education to discovery to commercialization. It means embracing that we are all points in an innovation ecosystem. The leaders will be those who find the most productive ways to tie those points together.

What leadership advice do you have for women and minorities coming up in the system?

My advice comes from two perspectives. One is being on the leadership team of a major corporation. The other is my career journey as a minority. My core advice is enjoy and be very good at what you do. That is how you stand out. That is how you are measured. I would also encourage you to use all the resources available to you.

At Coca-Cola, we have more than 50 nationalities in our Atlanta offices alone. Women have made tremendous progress. Yet over more than a century, patterns become deeply ingrained. It takes organization, persistence and constant measurement to create new patterns. So I tell women and minorities to use the tools and organizations we have in place. We’re serious about them. For example, we launched a Global Women’s Initiative to accelerate the development of female talent throughout our system. The cornerstone is the Women’s Leadership Council. Our CEO Muhtar Kent is the Council’s advisor. But these measures are only as effective as the degree of individual involvement.

Beyond that, my advice is be comfortable with who you are. You can’t pass the prime leadership test of authenticity unless you fit easily in your own skin. Don’t over-think the differences. Focus on the commonalities. As I would say to any prospective leaders: Be confident, but humble. Be ambitious, but team-centered. Be proud of what you achieve, but constructively discontent with where you stand. Focus on your responsibilities, but see those responsibilities – and yourself -- in the context of a diverse and changing world.

Science Foundation Arizona Launches Online STEM Education Community and Resource Bank for Teachers and Industry in Arizona

This is a press release from Science Foundation Arizona

The Arizona STEM Network to help graduate more students prepared for the global economy

PHOENIX (Nov. 5, 2014) | The Arizona STEM Network, led by Science Foundation Arizona, has recently launched a 21st century collaboration platform to enable businesses, educators, government and philanthropy across the state to help Arizona graduate more students prepared for the global economy.
The free Network is focused on enabling partner organizations to create meaningful business engagement opportunities in education, strengthen teacher effectiveness in STEM, integrate STEM into schools and districts, change the culture and community fabric to embrace STEM and ultimately to measure outcomes.
Since its launch, there are a total of 519 members that have registered with the free network including 368 K-12 teachers. Educators in other states, as well as Canada and Kazakhstan, have also joined the platform to utilize the tools. Teachers and businesses continue to join the network daily.
“Through the collaboration platform, businesses can directly connect with educators in all parts of Arizona and support STEM learning,” said William Harris, president and CEO of Science Foundation Arizona. “The program fosters a sense of community and provides teachers with insight into current workplace competencies and students with opportunities to explore different career paths, shadowing and internships.”
The platform is also a great resource for teachers — they can access Tools4Teachers, which contains materials for implementing a STEM program, the latest STEM school policy, STEM content and resources, professional development tools and outreach and partnership information.
“The AZ STEM Network brings together extraordinary teachers and resources for taking STEM to the next level in the classroom. It makes me a better teacher, hands down,” said Mariano Guerra, M.Ed, and the 2013 Arizona Middle School Science Teacher of the Year from Mountain Sky Junior High.
The Arizona STEM Network is a backbone organization providing value to the statewide STEM community through:
  • Scaling successful education programs to achieve greater impact and to reach more students and teachers.
  • Enhancing efficiency and effectiveness through continuous communication and coordination among network partners.
  • Maximizing philanthropic donations by identifying high impact programs and activities with a proven track record of return on investment and leveraging resources throughout the STEM education ecosystem.
  • Engaging business through the STEM Advocates program, which matches business volunteers with schools in need.
  • Providing expert assistance through access to best-in-class tools, program certification and validated metrics to measure progress.
The Arizona STEM Network site is free to join and contains more than 400 STEM specific resources including professional STEM guides and resources aimed at enhancing a teacher’s ability to offer quality rigorous STEM curriculum and programs.
Businesses that want to get involved in education often aren’t sure how to engage. Educators who want assistance from business partners don’t know whom to ask. The AZ STEM Network’s business advocate program provides a technology solution for businesses to connect with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) educators. Businesses may become a business advocate by visiting
Freeport McMoRan Copper and Gold Foundation and the Helios Education Foundation provide major funding for the STEM Network. The STEM Network is a trusted partner for all entities that provides new and useful knowledge and research-based solutions to community efforts to improve STEM education. But it is also a tool for the business community to leverage its resources, and assist in implementing STEM programs throughout the state to build the workforce we so desperately need to grow and maintain a strong economy.
About Science Foundation Arizona
Science Foundation Arizona (SFAz) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization initiated in 2006 by the Greater Phoenix Leadership Inc., Southern Arizona Leadership Council and the Flagstaff Forty in conjunction with the executive and legislative branches of state government. SFAz serves as a catalyst for high-wage, knowledge-based jobs and economic diversity through administration and strict oversight of research, development and education grants to public education and other non-profit research performing institutions. For more information, visit and like us on Facebook.

100 Diverse Corporate Leaders in STEM - Marian Croak of AT&T

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 Follow the conversation on social media using #100STEMLeaders. Today's Diverse Corporate Leader is Marian Croak, senior vice president -- Domain 2.0 architecture and Advanced Services department at AT&T.

Marian Croak, AT&T

Marian Croak
Senior Vice President -- Domain 2.0 Architecture and Advanced Services Department

Marian Croak is AT&T’s Senior Vice President-Domain 2.0 Architecture and Advanced Services Development. Named to that role in 2013, she is responsible for overseeing the design and implementation of AT&T’s next-generation network architecture (Domain 2.0). She also oversees the Advanced Technologies group and AT&T Foundry innovation centers. She currently manages over 2,000 engineers, developers, designers and other innovation experts. Her responsibilities range from project management and service and network planning to development and testing. She mentors numerous staff members and is an executive sponsor for organizations supporting Asian, African American, and Hispanic employees.

In 1982, Marian joined AT&T Bell Laboratories and continues to lead as an industry innovator. She holds more than 180 patents, the most of any woman at AT&T. Starting as a researcher, she’s moved up within AT&T through her work designing, developing and launching integrated voice and data services via Internet protocol. In June 2013, Marian was inducted into the Women in Technology International (WITI) Hall of Fame, which recognizes, honors, and promotes the outstanding contributions women make in STEM to improve and evolve society.

About AT&T

AT&T is a major driver of the global, mobile Internet revolution. The company has invested and executed aggressively, and today has a best-in-class network – reaching hundreds of millions of people and comes out on top in all sorts of third-party tests for speed and reliability. From 2008 to 2013, AT&T has invested more than $140 billion, in capital and spectrum, with more capital invested into the U.S. economy than any other publicly traded company. In addition to investing in its network, the company has also placed an emphasis on STEM education. Since 1987, AT&T has given more than $97 million to STEM programs, supporting STEM scholarships and camps for at-risk youth to hands-on technology labs and robotics competitions, among others. AT&T sees firsthand the importance of STEM education as it drives the future of telecommunications, weaving the network into customers’ work, life and play.

Marian on Diversity and STEM

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

Outside of mentoring AT&T employees, I mentor high school girls preparing for college in Girls Who Code, a nonprofit working to close the gender gap in the technology and engineering sectors. With help from leading educators, engineers, and entrepreneurs, Girls Who Code has developed a new model for computer science education, pairing intensive instruction in robotics, web design, and mobile development with high-touch mentorship and exposure led by the industry’s top female engineers and entrepreneurs. Through the organization, students are exposed to STEM in a way that is very exciting and relevant to their daily lives, which lessens the complexities of science and technology. This realization breaks down the students’ apprehensions toward STEM fields, turning science, math, engineering or programming into tools to solve daily challenges.

What principles do you apply to your professional and personal life to advance STEM education?

In the early 90s, when Internet Protocol was still in its infancy, I and a small group of coworkers championed the platform because we believed it would enable a plethora of new services and drive AT&T to become the industry leader. I needed to become a “troublemaker” within the company and let people know it was a strategic mistake not to invest in the Internet as the future of the business. It was a still a tough battle, but our core group was able to gain support and ultimately convince the company. As a naturally quiet and reserved person, I understand the reluctance and shyness some women feel to speaking up professionally. Women should be encouraged to be themselves and find their voices, which enables them to contribute at their full potential.

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?

I believe in the power of failing fast. Some would argue that in the corporate setting, entrepreneurial failure can be more expensive and therefore, taking risks is not encouraged. It’s important to fail fast, and find out as fast as possible what works. Learn by failing, and by failing you learn.

How do you translate your work into innovation?

In my 30-year career, I’ve focused on making voice communications possible over the Internet, designing, developing and launching integrated voice and data services for the company. In the early 1990s, my team and I began to build up the Internet telephony space by populating it with new inventions. I would spend free time creating patents, sometimes developing five or six in a weekend following the problems encountered during the week. The patents developed for Internet telephony have impacted telecommunications, with most of the applications contained in the patents still being used in the field.

However, none of these ideas have been closer to my heart than the “text-to-donate” capability. This technology was a response to the tragedy I saw during Hurricane Katrina. I wanted to help, but it seemed like things were very fragmented, without a clear-cut method of quickly delivering aid to those in need. I was just trying to think of ways that some leading charity or organization could offer the opportunity for people to donate quickly in a crisis situation without having to use methods that are difficult, or that would cause someone to hesitate to do it. And donating via text made it easy and fast for the donor and organization. This technology has really changed the world of disaster response; ensuring aid is delivered fastest to those who need it most.

100 Diverse Corporate Leaders in STEM - Shawn A. Covell of Qualcomm

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 Follow the conversation on social media using #100STEMLeaders. Today's Diverse Corporate Leader is Shawn A. Covell, vice president of government affairs at Qualcomm.

Shawn Covell, Qualcomm

Shawn A. Covell
Vice President of Government Affairs

Shawn A. Covell is Vice President of Government Affairs for Qualcomm Incorporated. In this capacity, Covell oversees two government affairs teams, Qualcomm Public Affairs and Qualcomm® Wireless Reach™, who are responsible for elevating Qualcomm’s profile among policy makers, opinion leaders and governments. An inspiring female mentor within Qualcomm, Covell also seeks out opportunities to positively impact not just the lives of the women with whom she works, but women around the world. By designing programs to accelerate women’s ownership of mobile phones and providing life-changing services for women in emerging regions, Covell is finding inventive ways to improve quality of life, help stimulate economic ecosystems and promote women’s inclusion in the workforce through access to advanced wireless technology.

Covell has also guided her team’s launch of the Women Enhancing Technology (WeTech) program, which aims to build a steady pipeline of girls and women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers. Covell holds a master’s degree in international affairs from the University of California, San Diego's School of International Relations and Pacific Studies and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in political science with an emphasis in international relations.

About Qualcomm

Qualcomm is a leader in wireless technologies and the mobile communications industry. For nearly 30 years, Qualcomm’s ideas and inventions have driven the evolution of digital communications, linking people more closely to information, entertainment and each other. Today Qualcomm is the world’s largest wireless semiconductor company, powering more than 500 of the top smartphones and tablets on the market from all of the leading device manufacturers and operators. The Company’s technologies not only fuel the next-generation of smartphones and tablets but are also pushing wireless connectivity invention beyond mobile to transform other sectors from healthcare, automotive, government, education to home entertainment.

Shawn on Diversity and STEM

What area of STEM are you most passionate about?

I am most passionate about women using technology for development. In my role at Qualcomm, I manage Wireless Reach, a strategic initiative that brings advanced wireless technology to underserved communities around the world. Our programs focus on entrepreneurship, education, health care, public safety and the environment. Through my work with Wireless Reach, I have seen firsthand how women using advanced wireless technology have worked in various ways to empower themselves economically and lift themselves out of poverty. There is nothing more satisfying than participating in programs that enable individuals to transform their lives. Ultimately, all STEM subjects are at the root of the myriad ways we can achieve social and economic development.

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

In September 2013, Qualcomm announced our commitment to the Women Enhancing Technology (WeTech) program at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting with the Institute of International Education and other public/private sector organizations. The project aims to build a healthy pipeline of girls and women in STEM fields by linking them to university scholarships in engineering, leadership and technical skills training, mentorships and internships that prepare them for entrance to and success in high-paying tech careers. As part of this commitment, we target the youngest part of the pipeline with our “Qcamp for Girls in STEM,” a two-week summer camp for pre-sixth grade girls to learn about STEM.

At the high school level, Qualcomm and Goldman Sachs partnered through WeTech on the Technovation Challenge to mentor female students to develop mobile apps and comprehensive business plans that will fuel economic and technological growth in India. With the support of their WeTech mentors, the students have invented a wide-range of creative apps that address community problems ranging from assistance with career planning and finding study buddies to organizing patient medical histories and creating doctor profiles. The students also participate in field trips and gain exposure to ICT role models and resources to lay the groundwork for the next generation of female ICT leaders. At the University level, through a mentoring platform, WeTech connects young Indian women with local and global mentors to support them as they plan their transition from undergrad to the workforce, ensuring there is no leak in that part of the pipeline, and linking them to engineering scholarships and internships, while expanding and strengthening peer networks.

What is your advice to those involved in promoting STEM education?

My advice is to have early and continued engagement. STEM education is the foundation for the next generation of scientists, inventors, engineers and entrepreneurs. These young students are critical to global prosperity and their education will be a key driver for growth and the advancement of societies. Research from the American Association of University of Women tells us that that in their middle school years, approximately 74 percent of girls express an interest in engineering, science and math. However, by the time these young women get to college, just 0.3 percent choose computer science as a major. I think it’s exceedingly important to engage girls at a younger age, before middle school, and promote it in a way that enables girls to realize STEM can be fun.

The WeTech Qcamp curriculum, for example, focuses on STEM subjects with a strong emphasis on engineering. The girls learn the fundamental building blocks of computer vision, the complexities of light, how to develop apps, and build circuits but they do that in a very fun way – by applying those concepts to both designing and programming robotic hats. I think it is also critical to not just have “one off” engagements. Part of Qualcomm’s unique approach with Qcamp is the goal of long-term engagement with every girl, inviting them not just for one summer camp, but inviting them back yearly and reconnecting with them during the school year until they reach college where, ideally, they will pursue a STEM degree. Each summer Qualcomm will add new cohorts to build a robust network of girls, linking older girls with younger ones as mentors and camp counselors.

Leveraging EdTech for Personalized Learning, San Juan USD Implements Schoology Districtwide

The following is a press release from Business Wire.
In San Juan Unified School District, over 22,000 teachers, parents and students have been using the Schoology Learning Management System for everything from online book studies to web-enabled collaborative learning. With so many District users and educational applications already in place, San Juan USD made the decision to invest in the enterprise version of Schoology—which provides additional analytics, integration with the District’s student information system, and administrative features--to deploy throughout the District.
Schoology is a learning management system that enhances schools’ ability to power collaboration, communication and resource sharing. Educators can build media-rich learning communities within Schoology where students share, collaborate and learn together in class and beyond the classroom walls—even from a smartphone. San Juan USD has a clear vision for deploying Schoology districtwide including the work teachers have already started, creating and curating Common Core aligned curriculum to be stored and easily accessed right from within Schoology. They are also using Schoology as a repository for digital learning resources (also called OER, or Open Education Resources like Khan Academy and that will be aligned and tagged for districtwide use.
“Quite a few San Juan teachers have already found Schoology to be an easy to use, yet powerful teaching tool so we will build on those experiences as we deploy Schoology throughout the district,” said Carl Fahle, senior director of technology for SJUSD. “Schoology’s features fit well with San Juan’s goal in helping students acquire 21st Century skills such as effective communication in any medium, collaboration, critical thinking, and the appropriate application of technology.”
“Schoology doesn’t just benefit students.  It allows us to provide online and blended PD for teachers while giving them a private community to build their professional skills.  It also allows for many creative applications of learning like building personal learning communities for students,” said Kalei Eskridge, a teacher on special assignment who has used Schoology for professional development. “Our teachers see Schoology’s potential for a variety of situations like self-paced instruction, face-to-face teaching, blended learning, and 1:1 instruction using devices like iPads, Chromebooks or almost any other computing device.”
There are numerous examples of Schoology already being used in San Juan classrooms for everything from enrichment to teaching students coding. Leslie Wriston, a teacher on special assignment, ran an online book study for GATE (gifted and talented education) students located at various sites without a GATE program at their own schools. Location didn’t hinder these students who communicated with their teacher and their peers using Schoology. In another application during the summer, a group of students took a coding class that used Schoology as a “Digital Hub” for all their lessons and resources.
District staff have developed a formal training and deployment plan in conjunction with the district’s Strategic Plan, which is currently under revision. “Schoology is a terrific resource for achieving many of the objectives outlined in the district’s Strategic Plan, which recognizes that students learn in different ways and at varied paces. This is one of many tools we’ve put in place to meet our students’ needs and help them achieve remarkable results.” added Mr. Fahle.

Printing Challenges For First 3D Printer Aboard International Space Station - Competition Starts Today!

The following is adapted from a NASA press release.

America has always been a nation of tinkerers, inventors, and entrepreneurs. In recent years, a growing number of Americans have gained access to technologies such as 3D printers, laser cutters, easy-to-use design software, and desktop machinery. These tools are enabling more Americans to design and make almost anything, and the applications to space exploration will help our astronauts to be less reliant on materials from Earth as they explore farther out into the solar system.

NASA in conjunction with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Foundation, has issued a series of "Future Engineers" 3D Space Challenges for students focused on solving real-world space exploration problems. Students will become the creators and innovators of tomorrow by using 3D modeling software to submit their designs and have the opportunity for their design to be printed on the first 3D printer aboard the International Space Station. The winning student will watch from NASA’s Payload Operations Center with the mission control team as the item is printed in space.

The Design a Space Tool Challenge is the first in series of challenges where students in grades K-12 will create and submit a digital 3D model of a tool that they think astronauts need in space. Future Engineers is a multi-year education initiative that consists of 3D Space Challenges and curriculum videos on the site that parents and educators can use to get kids designing today.

NASA’s 3D Printing in Zero-G ISS Technology Demonstration will demonstrate the capability of utilizing a Made In Space 3D printer for in-space additive manufacturing technology. This is the first step toward realizing an additive manufacturing, print-on-demand “machine shop” for long-duration missions and sustaining human exploration of other planets, where there is extremely limited ability and availability of Earth-based logistics support. If an astronaut tool breaks, future space pioneers won’t be able to go to the local hardware store to purchase a replacement, but with 3D printing they will be able to create their own replacement or create tools we’ve never seen before. For NASA as well as the Maker community, 3D printing provides end-to-end product development.

NASA and the ASME Foundation will work together to inspire the next generation of space enthusiasts by highlighting student’s 3D designs submissions in Maker Community Challenge Showcases and in on online open hardware design repository.

To sign up for the challenge visit


100 Diverse Corporate Leaders in STEM - Lois Cooper of Adecco Group NA

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 Follow the conversation on social media using #100STEMLeaders. Today's Diverse Corporate Leader is Lois Cooper, vice president, corporate development and inclusion at Adecco Group North America.

Lois Cooper, Adecco

Lois Cooper
Vice President, Corporate Development and Inclusion
Adecco Group North America

As Vice President, Corporate Development and Inclusion for Adecco Group North America, Lois Cooper is responsible for developing strategic partnerships and initiatives that support the organization’s business strategies and positively impact the bottom line. Ms. Cooper has more than 20 years of professional experience in the advertising, financial services and entertainment industries. In these positions she developed expertise in a number of areas, including change management, organizational design and development, and corporate social responsibility and inclusion.

Ms. Cooper has been named as a Top Executive by Uptown Professional Magazine for the last 3 years. She selected as a 2009 Black Achiever in Industry by the YMCA of Greater New York. She is also a 2006 honoree of the Network Journal’s 25 Influential Black Women in Business Awards. Ms. Cooper received her BA from American University in Washington, D.C and her MBA from Baruch College in New York City.

About Adecco Group NA

At Adecco Group North America, we are a family of recruitment companies and workforce solutions organizations that are leaders in their respective markets and industries. Every day, we provide the services and the insight to empower job seekers and employers to achieve their full potential. We are also part of the global Adecco family of companies — a Fortune Global 500 organization employing over 31,000 staff and operating in more than 60 countries worldwide. With 70,000 associates on assignment every day, Adecco Group has an unmatched opportunity and responsibility to lead in the area of diversity and inclusion. We are using our talents and resources to establish and sustain a diverse workforce and connect under-represented groups with employment.

Lois on Diversity and STEM

Why is STEM Education/workforce development critical to the future of our nation?

Statistics have proven that where there is innovation and technology, the local economy prospers. For continued U.S. competitiveness in an increasingly technological environment, leaders must emphasize STEM careers at an early age. I believe our community should foster and focus on these areas throughout our educational system, while making the attainment of related certificate programs and degrees easier and more affordable. Encouraging participation by diverse groups, including women and people of color, is essential to this growth and success. With this in mind, Adecco supports the State University of New York/Farmingdale’s annual STEM Summit. The Summit hosts hundreds of high school and college students as they spend a full day interacting with national STEM leaders from organizations such as NASA. Simultaneously, local educators are being equipped with new knowledge and skills that they can take back to their classrooms.

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

It is critical to integrate STEM into everyday learning opportunities, including the Arts. Many in the industry also refer to this approach of incorporating the Arts into the learning experience as STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math). Mentoring is another way to encourage students of color and women to pursue STEM careers. Students need to meet successful STEM professionals that look like them. Adecco has been involved in youth mentoring for 10+ years. In the program, colleagues from our Information Technology, Accounting and Finance teams pair up with mentees throughout the school year. They share about their pathways to their current careers and assist students with homework and projects. Another group that needs to be included in these efforts are individuals with disabilities. Because of technological advances today, these students have a wonderful opportunity to enter the workforce. Each October, during Disability Employment Awareness Month, Adecco conducts a job shadowing day with students from Abilities, Inc. The students spend time with our colleagues and are able to watch them as they work. The group then has lunch with a motivational speaker that also has a disability.

What is your advice on using private-public partnerships to tackle our most pressing education challenges in STEM?

It is critical to build on the success of organizations such as Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Girl Scouts, Girls, Inc., etc. to stay competitive in today’s market. Corporations will benefit from a partnership with organizations that have a direct pipeline into local communities. Conversely, these organizations should take advantage of the business perspective of their corporate sponsors to ensure that their programs are developing current and future workforce skills. One example of Adecco’s involvement in this type of initiative is through Abilities, Inc. Adecco has been a member of the Business Advisory Board for over 20 years. The role of the Board is to review program curriculum to ensure that those who go through the program will have the appropriate job skills to find employment. As a staffing company, we are able to use our understanding of what employers are looking for to ensure that these skills will be developed and that their students will be prepared for the workforce.

What counsel would you provide around "collaborating to achieve success" in STEM education and the workforce?

Collaboration is critical to achieving success in STEM education and employment. Adecco has a long standing history of partnering with diverse organizations to build a diverse pipeline of talent for our customers. One example of this is through the National Urban League. Through the national office and its affiliates across the country, we have successfully hired hundreds of individuals for our customers. Specifically in Dallas, Texas, the Urban League has hosted Adecco job fairs and has promoted the job fairs through their local public service announcements. This is one example of how employers and diverse organizations can work together to have a positive impact in a local community. These types of partnerships also work on a large-scale basis as well. Through forums such as STEMConnector, educators and corporations are able to share a host of ideas and best practices. I see this as an excellent opportunity for companies such as Adecco.


Broadcom Foundation and Society for Science & the Public Announce 2014 Broadcom MASTERS National Science Fair Winners

This is a press release from the Broadcom Foundation

California Middle Schooler Wins Grand Prize for her Project on the Science of Sewing

WASHINGTON, Oct. 28, 2014 (PRNewswire) | Broadcom Foundation and Society for Science & the Public (SSP) today announced the top winners of the 2014 Broadcom MASTERS® national STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) competition for sixth, seventh and eighth graders. Broadcom Foundation and SSP also announced winners in the categories of Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Rising Stars. Learn more and congratulate the winners of the 2014 Broadcom MASTERS competition at and  
"Congratulations to Holly, Sahar and the entire Broadcom MASTERS class of 2014, whose STEM skills and collaborative team spirit represent the critical array of diversified talent needed to innovate solutions for the world's grand challenges in technology, communications,  healthcare, transportation, energy and environmental  sustainability," said Paula Golden, President and Executive Director, Broadcom Foundation and Director, Community Affairs, Broadcom Corporation. "Through the Broadcom MASTERS, thousands of young people are exploring their personal interests through the rigors of math, applied science and engineering. They are also honing the 21st century skills of critical thinking, collaboration, communication and creativity that will open the doors to exciting college and STEM career opportunities that await them."
The $25,000 Samueli Foundation Prize is a gift of Dr. Henry Samueli, co-founder of Broadcom Corporation, and his wife, Susan Samueli. In addition to the grand prize, Dr. Samueli also presented the $10,000 Marconi/Samueli Award for Innovation, an honor made possible by Samueli's generous donation of his 2012 Marconi Society Prize award.
Broadcom MASTERS winners were chosen from the 30 top finalists (12 girls and 18 boys) from 13 states representing 29 schools. Winners were selected by a panel of distinguished scientists and engineers.
"Society for Science & the Public congratulates Holly Jackson, our top winner at the 2014 Broadcom MASTERS, for her hard work, dedication and success," said Maya Ajmera, President and Chief Executive Officer of Society for Science & the Public and Publisher of the Science News family of media properties. "Her project, Sewing Science, is a great example of how science is applicable in our everyday lives. We also join with Broadcom in congratulating all of the finalists, and we hope that they will not only continue pursuing their interest in STEM, but also encourage other students to do so."
Winners Include:
The Samueli Foundation Prize: $25,000 
Winner: Holly Jackson, 14, of San Jose, Calif.
Project: Sewing Science
Grand prize winner Holly Jackson has loved to sew since the fourth grade. She has long been fascinated with the idea of testing the strength and the best applications for various stitches. Using different fabrics and threads, Holly decided to test which type of lockstitch, a stitch made from two interlocked threads, would be strongest: straight, stretch, zigzag or three-point zigzag. She found that polyester thread failed, as hypothesized, and that a straight stitch was strongest on average. Holly's project taught her stitch strength is crucial, and that it is important that a seam is as strong as it can be—especially in devices like parachutes and seat belts where a person's life may be dependent on the strength of a seam.
She was selected for the Samueli Foundation Prize based on her mastery of STEM principles during the weeklong competition. Holly has exemplified how research and innovation are dependent on the integration of these disciplines as well as the impact they collectively have on everyday life. 
Marconi/Samueli Award for Innovation: $10,000 
Winner: Sahar Khashayar, 14, of Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Project: Wildfire Early Warning System Using Computer Science
Marconi/Samueli Award for Innovation winner Sahar Khashayar was inspired to study wildfire detection after hearing about Arizona's deadly Yarnell Hill fire in 2013. She was moved to explore whether a mix of hardware and software could spot the early signs of a fire better than humans could.  Sahar created a device using temperature and gas sensors, along with an infrared sensor and processor board to detect the three main signatures of fire: heat, smoke and infrared radiation. She also wrote a program to send a warning to a smartphone using Bluetooth® if her detector measured any values suggestive of a fire. She concluded that deploying a network of her $60 early wildfire detection device could save lives and property.
Sahar was selected based on her vision and promise as an innovator. In the spirit of radio inventor Guglielmo Marconi, she has showed aptitude and skill in applied electrical engineering concepts in her science project and in the STEM challenges throughout the week.
STEM Award Winners:
Each of these finalists (first and second place award winners) were selected for demonstrated skills and promise in each of the disciplines represented by STEM. First place winners are awarded $3,500 and second place winners receive $2,500, in each case to support the finalist's choice of STEM summer camp experiences offered around the country. Each STEM winner also wins an iPad.
Science Awards:
  • First Place: James Roney, Santa Barbara, Calif., for his project on ant pheromones and food quality.
  • Second place: Daniel Bruce, San Diego, Calif., for his project on the impact of human presence on lagoon birds.
Technology Awards:
  • First place: Aditya Jain, Portland, Ore., for his project on an automated diagnostic tool for lung cancer solitary pulmonary nodules.
  • Second place: Nikhil Behari, Sewickley, Pa., for his project on latencies, haptics and passwords.
Engineering Awards:
  • First place: Chythanya Murali, Little Rock, Ark., for her project on better methods for cleaning up oil spills.
  • Second place: Annika Urban, Pittsburgh, Pa., for her project on stethoscopes that record and transmit breath and chest sounds.
Mathematics Awards:
  • First place: Rajiv Movva, San Jose, Calif., for his project on finding a natural remedy for type 2 diabetics.
  • Second place: Jonathan Okasinski, Harleysville, Pa., for his project on quantum entanglement.
Rising Stars Awards:
Each of the Rising Stars wins a trip to Intel ISEF, the world's largest international high school science fair competition, in May 2015 as the United States Delegates to Broadcom MASTERS International, in recognition of their work throughout the Broadcom MASTERS finals.


  • Annie Ostojic, Munster, Ind., for her project on how food could be microwaved more efficiently.
  • Raghav Ganesh, San Jose, Calif., for his project on a new interactive add-on for a white cane for the visually impaired.
The Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology, and Engineering for Rising Stars) program helps middle school students translate a personal interest into a passion for science, engineering and innovation, and encourages them to continue studying science and math through high school and college. Sponsored by Broadcom Foundation, a non-profit public benefit organization funded by Broadcom Corporation, the Broadcom MASTERS is a program of Society for Science & the Public. SSP has been the leader of the world's most prestigious science competitions for more than seven decades.
For more information on the Broadcom MASTERS, visit the Broadcom Foundation and SSP websites or visit Broadcom Foundation's Newsroom and read the B-Inspired Blog. To keep up with the Broadcom MASTERS on Twitter, use hashtag #brcmMASTERS or follow Broadcom and SSP. And to stay connected, visit the Broadcom MASTERS and SSP Facebook pages.
About Broadcom Foundation
Broadcom Foundation was founded to inspire and enable young people throughout the world to enter careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) through partnerships with local schools, colleges, universities and nonprofit organizations. Broadcom Foundation is the proud sponsor of the Broadcom MASTERS®, a program of Society for Science & the Public – a premier science and engineering competition for middle school children. The Foundation's mission is to advance education in STEM by funding research, recognizing scholarship and increasing opportunity. Learn more at
About Broadcom
Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a FORTUNE 500® company, is a global leader and innovator in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications. Broadcom® products seamlessly deliver voice, video, data and multimedia connectivity in the home, office and mobile environments.  With the industry's broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art system-on-a-chip solutions, Broadcom is changing the world by Connecting everything®. For more information, go to
About Society for Science & the Public
Society for Science & the Public is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership organization dedicated to the achievement of young researchers in independent research and to public engagement in science. Established in 1921, its vision is to promote the understanding and appreciation of science and the vital role it plays in human advancement. Through its acclaimed education competitions, including the Intel Science Talent Search, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, and the Broadcom MASTERS, and its award-winning publications, Science News and Science News for Students, Society for Science & the Public is committed to inform, educate, and inspire. Learn more at

100 Diverse Corporate Leaders in STEM - Anne Cooney of Siemens AG

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 Follow the conversation on social media using #100STEMLeaders. Today's Diverse Corporate Leader is Anne Cooney, global chief operating officer at Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics.

Anne Cooney, Siemens

Anne Cooney
Chief Operating Officer
Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics

Anne Cooney has been the Chief Operating Officer for the global Division of Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics since April of 2011. She heads the Operational Services Group, which comprises Supply Chain Management; Product Support and Service; the R&D Project Management Office; Quality Management; Environmental, Health and Safety; and Medical, Clinical, and Statistical Affairs. As of October 1, 2014, she leads the Process Industries and Drive Technologies Division for Siemens in the U.S.

Cooney began her career with GE Transportation as a machinist apprentice in a four year program, and spent over 21 years in various roles such as plant management, materials management, international marketing, strategic sourcing, and product and inventory management among others. Immediately before joining Siemens, she served as Vice President Manufacturing at Alladin Industries. Anne holds an MBA from Emory University and a B.S. in Industrial Management from Gannon University. She and her husband of over 34 years, Gregory Cooney, have three adult children and one granddaughter.

About Siemens AG

Siemens AG is a global powerhouse in electronics and electrical engineering, operating in the industry, energy, healthcare, and infrastructure & cities sectors. For over 165 years, Siemens has built a reputation for leading-edge innovation. With 362,000 employees in 190 countries, Siemens reported worldwide revenue of approximately $100 billion in fiscal 2013. Siemens invests nearly $1.4 billion in R&D and more than $500 million in job training annually, including $50 million in the U.S. The U.S., Siemens’ largest market, is an extremely vital production location, global export base, and one of its most important research centers. In 2014, Siemens was ranked 3rd in the Electronics category of Fortune’s World’s Most Admired Companies, and was also named one of “The 50 Smartest Companies” by MIT Technology Review.

Anne on Diversity and STEM

What do corporations need to do to create more STEM careers and fill existing jobs?

I believe that corporations have a responsibility and an interest in ensuring alignment of skills creation with opportunities for jobs. This means taking active or supporting roles in school programs, from grade school through and including technical schools and university programs. It is good to have students who are employable graduating from schools – not only for the company to continue to succeed, but for the health of the community. If companies are aligned with specific programs at schools, then open positions can be filled more quickly with candidates who have necessary skills. In addition, students will see the opportunities in the market that may encourage them to pursue a specific area of study.

What counsel would you provide around "collaborating to achieve success" in STEM education and the workforce?

Some of the collaboration possible in STEM education and the workforce is in the form of apprenticeships and internships. There is also a chance to provide career fairs or similar events that allow students to have interaction with people in a variety of different STEM jobs in order to provide them a means of understanding through first hand discussion the types of opportunities available in the workplace. There is also the chance for businesses to work in partnership with universities in solving some of the real business challenges they face -- either in the form of a specific project for a class, or by identifying students to work on projects alongside employee mentors. The graduate programs in STEM should be aligned with R&D departments of US based companies. This research resource in the universities is a great chance to create value for their departments, as well as provide solutions for companies’ biggest challenges.

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

One of the ways to encourage students of all underrepresented minorities in STEM fields is to introduce them to and provide interaction with role models from those same underrepresented groups, so that they can envision themselves succeeding in a similar field without concerns about how they will fit in. However, it is just as important that we encourage all leaders to coach and sponsor students who are among underrepresented minorities in STEM and offer encouragement and support for taking the risk to be “unique”. It is difficult at times to be unique -- to stand out as different -- and we as leaders need to make everyone feel valued, comfortable, and able to contribute to their full extent. In order to get to that place in the work arena, we have to take extra efforts to create a comfortable and welcoming environment for those who are underrepresented due to their backgrounds because of race, color, gender, beliefs or any other factors. This will take extra effort and attention. It won’t happen on its own.

How does STEM leadership with a focus on diversity help your company compete?

Focusing on diversity in filling STEM related positions will expand the potential pool of talent and provide the opportunity to bring differing perspectives to teams seeking solutions to business challenges. Continuing to successfully recruit and retain talent from among larger pools of diverse talent will allow business to find solutions that reach all customers. Certainly, no business that is excluding populations of people from its potential workforce will be a global leader for long. It simply makes business sense.

What do we need in the US to continue to be at the top of global innovation?

We need the US to continue to be at the top of global innovation in order to remain the global leader that we are. This is at risk if we do not improve our educational system, our investment in research and development, and our focus on STEM subjects and successes. We need to do this in order to maintain the standard of living that we have come to expect as the country with limitless hope and possibilities. We do not want to be the source of cheapest labor, or reduce our standards for treatment of people or the environment, so we must create value in other ways. It is only through innovation and productivity that we can sustain our standards of success, to remain the global leader that we are.



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