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Governor Terry McAuliffe Celebrates International Women’s Day with Launch of Million Women Mentors – Virginia

Governor Terry McAuliffe Presents Proclamation Supporting Girls and Women in STEM as Part of International Women’s Day

Richmond, Virginia —  March 8, 2016 | In celebration of International Women's Day, today Governor Terry McAuliffe will be launching the Million Women Mentors initiative in Virginia (MWM-VA) at Richmond's historic Patrick Henry Building. Governor McAuliffe proudly serves as the Honorary Chair for MWM-VA, an initiative whose mission is to support girls and women in STEM by providing one million STEM mentors, alongside MWM-VA Co-Chairs Dr. Carole Inge, founder of the International Association for STEM Leaders, and Jennifer Bisceglie, CEO of Interos. Governor McAuliffe will present a proclamation supporting girls and women in STEM during the launch event. 

Speaking about today’s announcement, Governor McAuliffe said, “As we work to build a new Virginia economy, it is important that we encourage innovation in business, attract new STEM industries to our state, and ensure that girls and women are part of the talent pipeline to opportunities in STEM careers by providing them with a world-class education. That is why I am happy to support Million Women Mentors, an initiative dedicated to girls and women succeeding in STEM. 

The program features several state and STEM leaders speaking on the importance of women and STEM in areas such as innovation, education, cyber security, and entrepreneurship. Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice A. Jones joins the launch event to speak on the importance of STEM to promoting entrepreneurism  in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

“It is critical in today’s 21st century economy to encourage all citizens, especially girls and young women, to realize their full potential in STEM. The STEM workforce of tomorrow and future entrepreneurs of the Commonwealth will lead our state in developing an economy that thrives, and initiatives like Million Women Mentors help to do just that,” said Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice A. Jones.

Governor McAuliffe and Secretary Jones will share the stage with other incredible individuals, such as Michelle Lee, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office; Jane Oates of Apollo Education; Michelle Kang, CEO of Cognosante and many others.  

To learn more on how you can participate in Virginia or other state efforts with Million Women Mentors, please register at the website www.MillionWomenMentors.org.

Photos from today's event:

About Million Women Mentors
Launched on January 8th, 2014, MWM is the collective action of over 60 national partners and 30 corporate sponsors (as of March 2016) designed to increase the number of girls and women within the high school to work age continuum that persist and succeed in STEM programs and careers. For more information on MWM, please visit www.MillionWomenMentors.org.

About STEMconnector®
STEMconnector® is a consortium of over 110 companies, associations, academic institutions and government entities concerned with STEM education and the future of human capital. STEMconnector® focuses on the STEM workforce and jobs, with a particular emphasis on diversity and women. Our work spans the entire pipeline (Kindergarten to Jobs) and how STEM education experiences translate into careers. For more information, visit STEMconnector.org.

It's BP STEM Month at the Louisiana Children's Museum!

This is a press release from BP America

BP America is excited to partner with the Louisiana Children’s Museum in New Orleans to host “BP STEM Month” in March, celebrating the importance of science, technology, engineering and math education. Throughout the month, special programs for school groups and the general public will help nurture STEM learning for all ages.

A kick-off reception with local and regional stakeholders started BP STEM Month off on March 2nd and was led by BP’s Senior Director of National Strategic Relationships Kathleen Martinez.  A special “Seussical STEM Day” took place over the weekend, where students had a fun-filled day of STEM experiments with a Dr. Seuss theme. A STEM program for Sensory Friendly Family Night, designed for children with autism, is taking place today.

In addition to these special events, the museum will host a series of hands-on science activities throughout the month. Students are incredibly active learners at 1, 2 and 3 years old, and we should start building their foundation in STEM early. If you happen to be in New Orleans in March, take your young ones to the LCM!

For more than six decades, BP America has supported STEM education initiatives across the country, including both national and regional programs. BP and the BP Foundation have invested $5.7 million to advance STEM learning at universities and schools across Louisiana, including Caldwell Middle School and the Terrebonne Parish School District to enhance math and science classroom technologies, and a $4 million donation to Fletcher Technical College in Schriever to construct the BP Integrated Production Technologies Building, where the next generation of offshore workers will be trained to use their STEM skills in the workforce.    

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100 CIO/CTO Leaders in STEM- Tony G. Werner, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Comcast Cable

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 Tony G. Werner, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Comcast Cable.

Tony G. Werner
Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
Comcast Cable

Tony G. Werner is responsible for developing and guiding the company’s technology strategy and evolving network architecture, including supporting next-generation consumer systems and technologies, infrastructure and engineering, network integration and management tools, and technical standards. 

Under Tony’s leadership, Comcast has completed major platform investments, including DOCSIS 3.0 and the all-digital transition, and is delivering more product innovation faster than ever before. Among those innovations has been X1, a cloud-enabled platform that brings customers a next-generation, integrated entertainment experience. 

Prior to joining Comcast in 2006, Tony served as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Liberty Global, Inc., in Englewood, CO, where he led the company’s global strategy for video, voice and data services. He has more than 25 years of engineering and technical management experience, having also held senior management positions with Qwest Communications, Aurora Networks, TeleCommunications, Inc. (TCI)/AT&T Broadband, Rogers Communications, Inc., and RCA Cablevision Systems. 

Tony serves as Vice Chair of the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE).

A graduate of Dakota County Technical College in Rosemount, MN with a degree in Telecommunications, Tony resides in Philadelphia.

About Comcast Cable

Comcast Cable is the nation's largest video, high-speed Internet and phone provider to residential customers under the XFINITY brand as well as to businesses. Comcast has invested in technology to build a sophisticated network that delivers the fastest broadband speeds, and brings customers personalized video, communications and home management offerings. Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) is a global media and technology company.

Engineering the Workforce of Tomorrow with a Focus on STEM

From the window of my office at One Comcast Center in Philadelphia, I have a front-row seat to the construction of the Comcast Innovation and Technology Center, a 59-story vertical tech campus that will join our headquarters atop the Philadelphia skyline.  As I think about that building, which will be filled with the brilliant engineers, developers and designers who will create the technologies of tomorrow, my attention turns more and more to the importance of STEM education.

Science, technology engineering and math education is the fuel that powers the innovation economy. Comcast has evolved as a media and technology company thanks in large part to the countless contributions of the STEM-educated technologists who invent our products and architect our network.

Advancements like the X1 Entertainment Operating System, voice remote and our forthcoming Gigabit Gateway to name just a few, are the results of countless hours of development, engineering and testing by some of our more than 1,000 engineers, virtually all of whom began their technical journeys by studying math and science in school.

We’ve been fortunate to hire some of the brightest technology minds in the business, but it is also increasingly clear that demand for technology talent is on pace to overtake supply.=

In a fully connected, digital world, every company is a technology company, and all of those companies are competing to hire from the same static pool of STEM-educated technologists. If we’re going to continue the exponential innovation and growth that has marked the past decade, we have no choice but to make that pool deeper. 

It all starts with STEM education. We know that when you get kids involved with math and science early, you light a spark that has the potential to grow into a burning lifetime passion for the field. Not every child who competes in a robotics competition, or goes to coding camp, or participates in an afterschool science club, goes on to become an engineer, but a great number of them do.

Our commitment to supporting early stem education takes many forms. Two that we are particularly proud of are our longtime commitments to the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and FIRST Robotics.

In 2014, we supported 54 FIRST teams nationwide, four of which qualified to appear in the FIRST National Robotics Championships in St. Louis. In 2013, we expanded our engagement with FIRST by sponsoring out first annual Media & Technology Innovation Award, which is now in its third year.

Not far from our headquarters in Philadelphia, we also recently donated $8 million to rebuild the Boys and Girls Club in the Germantown neighborhood . The new facility, named for Comcast founder Ralph J. Roberts, will be home to an Internet Essentials Lab, Digital Literacy Center, and perhaps most importantly, a STEM lab.

STEM as a Lifetime Pursuit

STEM education shouldn’t stop at the schoolhouse door. While it’s important to light a spark early, what we’ve found is that it’s equally important to keep the fire of curiosity and innovation burning later in life if you want to inspire the outside-the-box thinking that fuels innovation.

Three times a year, we encourage our engineers to take a break from their day jobs and spend a week working on projects that interest them. At the end of each week, teams from across the company present their findings at the Lab Week Science Fair, which has grown into a much-anticipated tradition.

We held our first Lab Week seven years ago, and have witnessed firsthand how these events energize and engage our technologists in ways that reach far beyond a one-week project.

Sometimes Lab Week projects turn into finished Comcast products – as was the recent case with Kids Zone [http://corporate.comcast.com/comcast-voices/welcome-to-the-kids-zone] – and sometimes they don’t, but they always inspire new thinking and creative solutions.

There’s no single “right” approach to strengthening STEM education and engagement. What’s needed is for companies, organizations and governments to understand the challenges we face, and to make real, sustained commitments to addressing them. Every child that we expose to STEM opportunities has the potential to become our next great inventor, and every adult we encourage to follow their curiosity holds the promise of a critical advancement.

When we all commit to doing something to support STEM, the sheer volume of our efforts will tip the balance in favor of the next generation of innovators.

100 CIO/CTO Leaders in STEM- David White, Chief Information Officer at Battelle

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 David White, Chief Information Officer at Battelle.

 

David White
Chief Information Officer
Battelle

David White was appointed Chief Information Officer at Battelle, the world’s largest independent research and development organization, in February 2012. In this position David and his team is responsible for strategically aligning and advancing all strategic corporate application development, platforms, and development initiatives across the enterprise.  This includes developing strategic assessments, roadmaps and application architecture plans that support current and future business needs.   A key component of this position entails leveraging new and emerging trends and concepts to more cost effectively provide business solutions. David looks to STEM to provide his team with the right resources with the right skills to get the most out of emerging trends and technology.

Prior to accepting the CIO appointment, David worked as a consultant where he led the implementation efforts for the largest statewide enterprise resource planning (ERP) installation in the country, the state of New York. David also was responsible for the successful implementation of the Ohio Administrative Knowledge System (OAKS), which is the state of Ohio’s implementation of PeopleSoft ERP. David’s ERP experience also extends into higher education where he led a team as part of the ERP system implementation at Howard University in Washington DC.

David has held various executive level positions with the state of Ohio including Executive Program Manager of the Ohio Administrative Knowledge System, Director of State Accounting within the Office of Budget and Management, and Director of Revenue Management within the State of Ohio Treasury.

David is an advisory board member of the Columbus African American Leadership Academy. David attended the Ohio State University where he studied electrical engineering, Columbus State Community College receiving a degree in business administration, and Franklin University receiving a degree in computer management.

A native of Columbus, Ohio David lives in Bexley, Ohio with his wife Toya and children.

About Battelle

Battelle is the world’s largest nonprofit research and development organization, with over 22,000 employees at more than 60 locations globally. A 501(c)(3) charitable trust, Battelle was founded on industrialist Gordon Battelle’s vision that business and scientific interests can go hand-in-hand as forces for positive change. Today, Battelle manages the world’s leading national laboratories and maintains a contract research portfolio spanning consumer and industrial, energy and environment, health and pharmaceutical and national security. We are valued for our independence and ability to innovate within virtually any business or research climate. From large government agencies and multi-national corporations to small start-ups and incubator projects, Battelle provides the resources, brainpower and flexibility to fulfill our clients’ needs.

Battelle’s own mission includes a strong charitable commitment to community development and education. That’s why we support staff volunteer efforts; STEM education programs; and philanthropic projects in the communities we serve.

STEM Education

STEM education, for me, is all about mindset. It's about creating a mindset in students that's focused on innovation, not just invention. I think about that mindset every day, because it's exactly the frame of mind I want for our team at Battelle.

Just like strong information technology, STEM education asks people to think beyond "What do I know?" to "What can I solve for someone else?" Every CIO has faced that conversation with a product team where it becomes clear that as technically inventive as a new solution may be, the average user just won't understand it. STEM's focus on real-world application helps people see these hurdles sooner and make real progress. 

Battelle is closely involved with dozens of STEM-focused schools. One hallmark of each of these high-performing schools is learning based around projects embedded throughout the school year. Whether we’re talking about Metro Early College High School students designing underwater robots or students from MC2 STEM High School in Cleveland building displays for the local botanical garden, STEM helps students work at the same level CIO's demand of their teams. It’s all about focusing attention on how we create innovative and useful solutions.

That real-world application not only matters in how my team works, but also in how we hire. Our focus on the practical means certifications in areas like Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert, Networking and Security are essential to our search for talent. Experience and college credentials still matter, but I’m keenly focused on what kind of hands-on skills an employee will bring to the table.  

There is another critical piece I consider when building teams, and it applies to STEM education as well. How are we actively seeking out women and minorities to be a part of our organizations and a part of our schools? Metro takes at least half its student body from Columbus City Schools. More than 90 percent of MC2's students come from economically disadvantaged households. And STEM doesn't stop there. In Ohio, we have STEM schools in dozens of communities where students little chance at access to coding classes, one-to-one computing, and the other infrastructure of a 21st century education. 

As we seek to build the profile of a CIO from tech support to a product developer, the make-up of our teams will only matter more. Our teams need to mirror the markets we seek to reach. 

We live in a diverse world. To succeed, our teams must begin to better reflect that reality. In part, because diverse perspectives help us understand our users, but there's a second reason I recruit women and minorities for my teams: diversity of thought. 

Without different backgrounds and perspectives, teams can become homogenized. They can stop questioning, experimenting, and innovating. All that makes it even harder for a team to build something the user needs and understands.

Just this year, we've seen the power of a diverse team pay off at Battelle. After extensive development, our department rolled out a new company-wide system for resolving and tracking IT problems. Weeks later, a Battelle-affiliate found themselves in need of the same kind of system. But, instead of Columbus, Ohio, this team was based in Qatar. 

Despite a literal ocean between us and our new customers, the Qatar team could quickly and reliably deploy our system. Why? Because the team that built the original product was diverse and skilled enough to build a product that could last.

I've seen the benefits of comprehensive STEM education first-hand in new employees. Battelle works at the cutting edge of science and technology. One of the labs we manage runs Titan, the world's fastest supercomputer in 2012. And the lab, Oak National Laboratory, is hard at work on Titan's successor. For my team, the pressure of managing change at this speed requires hiring people who add significant value from their first day on the job.

Graduates of STEM programs often have stronger skillsets. They're able to learn new material and adapt to change faster. Those skills are essential for my organization. For the graduates, those skills are more. They're essential for modern life. 

100 CIO/CTO Leaders in STEM- Jane Wachutka, Executive Vice President of Product Development at PTC

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 Jane Wachutka, Executive Vice President of Product Development at PTC.

 

Jane Wachutka
Executive Vice President of Product Development
PTC

Jane Wachutka is the executive vice president of Product Development at PTC. In this role she is responsible for leading over 2000 research and development team members for the company’s core product families including: PTC Creo®, PTC Windchill®, PTC Arbortext®, PTC Mathcad®, PTC Integrity®, and PTC Servigistics®. In addition, Jane leads the PTC Office of the CTO. 

Jane has been with PTC since 1998 when she joined as a member of the Windchill acquisition. Through organic growth and more acquisitions, the PTC Windchill R&D team grew from 5 to 1500 software engineers worldwide who design and build the software products that make up PTC’s enterprise product portfolio. Jane considers her contribution to PTC’s leadership in the world of enterprise software the highlight of a career in software development that spans work on super computer operating systems,specialized parallel processing systems and compilers, as well as email, fax and PDM software solutions. Jane never ceases to be amazed by human ingenuity in product design and manufacturing and she appreciates the opportunity to work with PTC’s great customers who are dedicated to improving our world via innovation in the automotive, aerospace, industrial, medical device, and many other industries.

Jane has a Master’s of Science degree in Software Engineering from St. Thomas University and a Computer Science degree from St. Cloud State University.

About PTC

In the IoT era, PTC's customers are bringing to market increasingly smart and connected products which generate new sources of value for customers and manufacturers as streams of data are captured, analyzed, and shared in real-time.

PTC is a global provider of technology platforms and enterprise applications for smart and connected products, operations, and systems. PTC’s enterprise applications serve manufacturers and other businesses that create, connect, analyze,operate and service products.

Led by its award winning ThingWorx application enablement platform, PTC’s platform technologies offer its customers a means to establish a secure, reliable connection to their products as well as a platform to rapidly develop applications for maintaining and operating them - and ultimately help them deliver new value emerging from the Internet of Things. An early pioneer in Computer Aided Design (CAD) software, PTC today employs more than 6,000 professional serving more than 28,000 businesses worldwide.

The importance STEM Education

In my role leading PTC’s office of the CTO as Executive Vice President of Research and Development, I have the honor of channeling the collective creativity and energy of the ~2000 employees worldwide (out of over 6200) who build the software products that fuel PTC’s business and bring value to our diverse customer community.  Throughout my career I have enjoyed the opportunity to mentor others, both men and women.  As the first female EVP in PTC’s history, and hearing from many young women that my promotion is a sign that the world holds more promise for them as well, I have taken a more active role in raising the issue of diversity at the highest level of the company. 

STEM education is critical to our nation’s ability to foster a culture of innovation and create prosperity for its citizens.  We must never be satisfied with the status quo and should constantly challenge ourselves to continue a proud heritage of invention and discovery. 

PTC decided many years ago to focus its community outreach on schools and to partner with organizations who lead in developing STEM programs and content. Through PTC’s partnership with FIRST, my ability to contribute to the FIRST mission “to show students of every age that science, technology, and problem-solving are not only fun and rewarding, but are proven paths to successful careers and a bright future for us all” has been life changing.  I’ve witnessed how young people who participate in this program come to believe in their own ability to solve any problem – to work together to face down the unexpected disappointments, to fail fast, and to move on to what will get the job done.  When asked how corporate, government, and nonprofit sectors can work together to build a strong pipeline of STEM educated talent, my suggestion is to adopt FIRST’s mission across all parties wanting to make a difference and at the highest level of government.  The FIRST model is proven around the world.

FIRST has shown that making science fun is a key aspect to capturing the imagination of boys and girls from all economic means and ethnic origin.  FIRST gives over 500,000 children opportunities to experience the exhilaration of problem solving and discovery through collaboration and thus helps participants to work on their social skills as well.  Education professionals among my family and friends have shared with me their concern that our nation’s focus on standardized reading and mathematics testing, leaves little time for hands-on science projects.  Providing teachers with content that can be used to further those basic skills in a fun and creative way, sponsoring science specialists for the classroom, and funding science camps are all ways in which the corporate community can help schools to give all students more access to STEM opportunities. 

To gain the benefits of a diverse workforce, we must ensure that all children have equal access to STEM programs and that we provide opportunities at every education level.  Early childhood education, after school daycare, summer school, and community education programs all provide additional venues for introducing activities that can augment classroom activities.  At PTC we have a team who are building content to inspire young people in their ability to design and quickly build systems that harness the Internet of Things to invent new solutions to everyday problems. 

Corporations can play an important role in higher education too.  The rapid pace of technological advancement requires universities to constantly update their STEM curriculum and the resources made available in college classrooms and labs. Via our internship program, PTC has discovered that there is much for us to do in assisting school in their efforts to educate and prepare STEM professionals.

To create greater diversity, our higher education institutions are recognizing the need to provide focused support, mentoring, and support groups to first- generation college students, i.e., those who are the first in their families to pursue a college education.  Corporations supporting these efforts recognize the value that these motivated students, who have already overcome personal adversity, can bring to the workplace.  Our success as a nation is based on the knowledge that we are a land of opportunity, and these programs are critical to continuing that heritage and tradition.

What I have learned as a mentor to students and young professionals is that I will inevitably gain more than I give.  By staying connected to young people, executives gain an appreciation for the ways in which we can build a welcoming workplace that allows people of every generation to achieve their potential.  PTC is working to create affinity groups to support people who face similar challenges.  We are starting with an affinity group to give women more visibility to career opportunities, but the plan is to create a model that can be used by other groups as well, including our military veterans who re-enter the workforce.  Through these affinity groups we hope to match people who are at different stages in their careers for mentoring opportunities. 

My vision for the future of STEM careers within the United States is that all corporate leaders recognize the need for and the value of partnership with schools, teachers, and organizations like FIRST as a way to create the diverse and inventive teams they need to build success while bringing positive change to the world.

 

IBM Expands Data Science Education around the World

This is a press release from IBM

Brings the Power of Self-Service Analytics to the Next Generation of Business Leaders with Watson Analytics Academic Program and New Student Version

ARMONK, N.Y., Feb. 29, 2016 (PRNewswire) | IBM (NYSE: IBM) is expanding its academic initiative with a new program that infuses its natural-language-based Watson Analytics technology into the classroom to help professors teach students how to turn data into insights without needing in-depth knowledge of data science. IBM is also introducing a new student version of Watson Analytics that will put the power of cognitive computing into the hands of the next generation of business leaders as they prepare to enter the workforce.

The skills gap in analytics is well known – not just in IT, but also across a wide range of job roles and functions. Recent research cited in Datanami indicates that the current demand for data scientists exceed the current supply by factor of three*. To help meet the need, line of business managers are learning to launch complex analytics programs on their own; as Gartner predicts that the number of citizen data scientists will grow five times faster than the number of highly skilled data scientists through 2017**.

IBM is helping to prepare the citizen data scientist of tomorrow with a new Watson Analytics Academic Program that can be used to help educate more than 140,000 students in qualified leading universities globally including Northwestern University, the College of William and Mary, Deakin University in Australia and many more. The new program provides qualified universities with an enablement kit that includes sample data sets; an online course; student workbooks; video tutorials and pre-packaged syllabi to help professors update their lesson plans. The program also includes a one-year license of Watson Analytics Professional Edition for up to 100 users at no cost.

With these tools, nearly 400 universities are already using Watson Analytics to augment data analysis courses and, in some cases, create completely new analytics programs. For example:

  • Northwestern University is building Watson Analytics into the curriculum of its Predictive Analytics, Marketing Mix Models and Entertainment Marketing classes to help its students build visualizations and learn about social media sentiment analysis. Students are analyzing data provided by an online retailer using manual analysis before moving the data sets into Watson Analytics. By comparing results, they are learning to remove personal bias from their analysis while learning to communicate their results with advanced visualizations.
  • At Auburn University, Professor Dianne Hall is incorporating Watson Analytics into the university's introductory statistics class –a required course for every business student – as well as several other predictive modeling and big data courses. Students are learning to analyze social media data from Twitter as well as real-life data sets from across the university using data visualizations to better interpret their results.
  • Students at The College of William and Mary are using Watson Analytics in Professor Dorothea La Abraham's Developing Business Intelligence course and a Health Analytics module in a health focused business course. Dr. Abraham is building lesson plans using sample data and workbooks available through Big Data University; allowing her students to explore the data through natural language processing.
  • University of Connecticut is incorporating Watson Analytics into several MBA courses taught by Professor Girish Punj, including "Digital Marketing" and "Big Data and Strategy Marketing" classes, to teach future marketing professionals how to analyze data without the help of a data scientist. With Watson Analytics, students are learning how to build long-term marketing plans based on insights that they are extracting from sources including Facebook and Twitter.
  • University of West Florida is using Watson Analytics in a Healthcare Informatics class to conduct data analysis on an asthma dataset and a dataset covering EPA reports across all 67 Florida counties. Through advanced data visualization and natural language processing, students are also learning how to uncover insights on correlations between behavior and obesity, which they could use to make more informed recommendations to physicians about how to treat patients in the real world.
  • Iowa State University is incorporating Watson Analytics into a series of management information systems classes to teach students how to leverage social media sentiment to make more informed decisions about sales offerings and product lifecycle management. Using Twitter sentiment analysis available through Watson Analytics, students are uncovering relationships between Twitter discussions and sales data that they can use to adjust marketing campaigns in real-time.
  • University of Memphis' Fogelman College of Business and Economics has hundreds of undergraduate students using Watson Analytics as part of their initial introduction to business analytics as a component of the required "Critical Thinking and Project Management" course. With guided data discovery, Watson Analytics allows students with different analytical backgrounds – from advanced to novice – to quickly unveil insights and build advanced visualizations.
  • Deakin University in Australia, through its IBM Centre of Excellence in Business Analytics, is opening Watson Analytics to more than 50,000 students via a university wide agreement. Students from undergraduate and postgraduate levels are given the opportunities to learn contemporary analytics applications in preparation for real-life scenarios when they enter the workforce in fields such as information systems, accounting, business analytics, finance, financial planning, human resource management, IT security, IT services and marketing specializations.
  • Across nine campuses in Southeast Asia, Federation University in Australia is partnering with local businesses to help their Master of Technology Program students use Watson Analytics to learn how to analyze data around real–world problems as part of its capstone project.

"Data analysis will be a critical part of every job in the twenty-first century - so we see Watson Analytics, which turns everyone into a data scientist, as the future of analytics," said Dr. Martin Block, Northwestern University. "Pulling from syllabus guides provided through the Watson Analytics Academic Program, we were able to integrate new lesson plans into our course work in less than a week; which has helped us prepare our students to tackle any analytical problem on their own once they enter the workforce."

"With the shortage of data scientists, the rapid increase of citizen analysts and the growth in data, we need a paradigm shift away from Q&A-driven analysis and more towards unbiased inquiry to allow data scientists to spend less time searching and more time tuning; and citizen analysts to find patterns in data without deep statistical skills," said Marc Altshuller, Vice President, Watson Analytics and Business Intelligence, IBM Analytics. "The new Watson Analytics Academic Program is enabling this by training the citizen analyst of tomorrow with skills to help them unlock the value of data for businesses around the globe."

Furthering its mission to increase data science education, IBM is launching a new student edition of Watson Analytics that extends cognitive computing further into the classroom to help students learn how to prepare, refine and build predictions from data with smart data discovery. The new student version expands on capabilities available in the freemium version of Watson Analytics to offer students at qualified universities access to Twitter data as well data from external data sources including DashDB, IBM Netezza and more at no cost.

Universities can apply for the Watson Analytics Academic Program through http://ibm.co/1emFp3G.

IBM has been a decades-long leader in open source innovation and data science education. In June, IBM committed to educating more than 1 million data scientists and data engineers on Spark through extensive partnerships with DataCamp, MetiStream, Galvanize and Big Data University MOOC.

* Datanami, Data Science Education Gets Stronger, But It's Not There Yet, October 2015: https://ibm.biz/BdHKXd 
** Gartner: Smart Data Discovery will Enable a new Class of Citizen Data Scientist June 29, 2015

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100 CIO/CTO Leaders in STEM- Ray Voelker, Chief Information Officer at The Progressive Group of Insurance Companies

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 Ray Voelker, Chief Information Officer at The Progressive Group of Insurance Companies.

 

Ray Voelker
Chief Information Officer
The Progressive Group of Insurance Companies

Ray Voelker is The Progressive Group of Insurance Companies’ Chief Information Officer, leading the centralized information technology organization.  Voelker’s area of business responsibilities includes enterprise technology, application development, IT human resources and training, and IT control. During his tenure since he joined Progressive in 1985, Ray has held several executive IT management positions, including call center technology executive and IT operations executive, and various application development and infrastructure technology roles. He became chief information officer in the year 2000. He played a big role in building the capability for the company to sell insurance directly to consumers, as Progressive was the first auto insurance group to have a website and the first to sell insurance to customers directly over the Internet. Since then, Ray has worked on some of Progressive’s most successful projects, such as Progressive’s Snapshot, the company’s usage based insurance device, and The Business Innovation Garage, an in-house think tank, where IT employees sit side-by-side with co-workers from all different parts of the business, combining individual areas of expertise to solve business problems which launched this past spring.  Outside of Progressive, Ray serves as Board Chair for OneCommunuty, a nonprofit organization that uses advanced technology to help transform and establish Northeast Ohio as a national hub for innovation and economic growth. He also has been highly involved in several STEM initiatives throughout his career, including serving on the Board of Directors at TechCorps, a technology focused organization that works for all K-12 students to have access to learn technology skills, programs, and resources to help them prepare for and be successful in the workforce. Ray has a bachelor's degree in computer engineering from Case Western Reserve University and an MBA from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case.

About The Progressive Group of Insurance Companies

The Progressive Group of Insurance Companies lives up to its name by being a step ahead of the insurance industry, by finding new and affordable insurance solutions. From innovative products and services to goal setting, we look to the future in nearly everything we do. In early 2013, our STEM Progress® program launched companywide.  Progressive Crash Courses—lessons we develop for students in grades 3 through 12—are the program’s foundation. Progressive employees teach the courses to bring real-life STEM experiences into classrooms. More than 11,300 students in 22 states have participated in our Crash Courses. We’ve joined with CSU on various STEM education initiatives, including a student scholarship program, a workshop for teachers, and baseball-themed curriculum highlighted at STEM Education Day at Progressive Field in May 2015Our IT organization partners with nonprofit organizations (e.g., Tech Corps and HER Ideas in Motion) to promote computer and technology skills.

STEM Progress®

Progressive has always been a forward-thinking company. With innovative products and services, we look to the future in nearly everything we do. This is especially true when it comes to investing in the future of our communities through our education-related efforts. Encouraging students at all levels to develop skills in science, technology, engineering and math remains a key focus of our social responsibility efforts. Progressive is fueled by the work of thousands of analysts, actuaries, programmers, and engineers. Through the programs we have offered, such as STEM Progress® and our Progressive Educational Partnership Program (PEPP), we strive to help young people better understand how these skills apply to real-life situations and can lead to careers.

We officially launched our STEM Progress® program companywide in the spring of 2013.  The Progressive Crash Courses—lessons we develop for students in grades 3 through 12—are at the program’s foundation. All courses are taught by Progressive employees to bring real-life STEM experiences into the classroom. As of May 2015, more than 11,300 students in 22 states have participated in our Crash Courses.

The Progressive Parkway lesson for grades 3-5 uses insurance concepts in board game format to help develop math skills around risk and probability.  CSI: Claims Scene Investigation and Baseball by Numbers are two courses developed for grades 6-8. CSI: Claims Scene Investigation challenges students to adopt the role of a claims representative and investigate an accident to determine who’s at fault. Through this, we help teach algebra, measurement, data analysis, and experimentation skills to demonstrate how they apply to real-life situations and jobs at Progressive. In Baseball by Numbers, students use math and data analysis to analyze the stats of MLB players. They then use these same skills to look at how insurance companies use driver-related data to determine risk ratings. Two of our high school course offerings – Pizza Pronto (a web-based driving game) and Physics by Accident - are currently being tested for release during the 2015-2016 school year.

We’ve also joined with Cleveland State University on various STEM education initiatives, including a student scholarship program, a STEM workshop for teachers, and a baseball-themed four-unit STEM curriculum provided to teachers that culminated with a special STEM Education Day at Progressive Field on May 14, 2015. About 660 students and teachers attended this event.

Our IT organization specifically has partnered with several groups to extend our outreach to children, including the one I am most proud of; Tech Corps.  Through Tech Corps, a nonprofit that works with business volunteers to help inspire and educate K-12 students about the technology and computer industry, we have participated in their coding camps, and Techie Club, an afterschool program that covers fundamental programing, robotics, and more. We have also been involved with HER Ideas in Motion, a Cleveland-based nonprofit focused on helping girls achieve in technology and media arts and hosted a “Bring Your Daughters to IT” event.

This kind of collaboration is important to Progressive. Our IT department is constantly working with departments across the company to come up with ideas on how technology and big data can solve problems for consumers, our internal teams, and the industry. In fact, that’s how our Business Innovation Garage (BIG) came to be. BIG exists in the Cloud and in our data center – it’s staffed by a garage manager and four “mechanics” who are also IT analysts. The BIG team works to collect and cultivate new business solutions, with the end goal of exploring and testing ideas before we actually invest significant time, dollars, and resources into the project. BIG employees collaborate with colleagues in marketing, product development, and engineering. The garage has been extremely successful, and experiments involving company innovations such as Snapshot as well as other employee-driven ideas will continue to be tested as Progressive remains dedicated to its quality of offerings and the customer experience.

As a CIO, I integrate this kind of collaborative thinking everyday as it’s important for me to look at Progressive as a whole and a big part of that is making sure all of our offerings are digital in format.

One example is taking our legacy policy serving systems built in the 70’s and 80’s and figuring out how to make it work well with mobile. Another example is streamlining all of our customer touch-points to give people the best possible customer service experience with us no matter what platform they are using. An additional priority is integration with our marketing team. They are constantly looking for strategies for advertising campaigns and other consumer contact points, and the IT team works to find solutions to help optimize these efforts through data and better get our message across to potential and current customers.

Capabilities and tools are fine, but they’re not of much use without smart people to be problem solvers. Through our involvement in STEM programs; using top tech tools in the field; providing perks like our Gainshare bonus program and on-site fitness classes; and an ever-evolving training program, we continue to build a team of the most talented and forward-thinking IT professionals in the field.  

 

Classrooms Worldwide Invited to Meet America's Top Young Scientist During Discovery Education Live Stream Event

This is a press release from Discovery Education

On Tuesday, March 8, Discovery Education will host a unique, live-streamed event featuring 15-year-old Hannah Herbst, winner of the 2015 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge. This live stream event will provide inspiration to students about how they can make a difference in the world. Hannah will share information about her unique invention, talk about her experiences in the challenge and answer questions from aspiring young scientists. Students can submit their own questions for Hannah to answer on air by clicking here.

Inspired by her 9 year old pen pal living in Ethiopia who lacks a reliable source of power and electricity, Hannah created an energy probe prototype that seeks to offer a stable power source to developing countries by using untapped energy from ocean currents. Hannah submitted this innovative idea to the 2015 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge and after working one-on-one with a 3M Scientist Mentor to bring her idea to life, she was awarded the grand prize of $25,000. As America’s Top Young Scientist, Hannah has traveled the nation to share her innovation, appearing on national media outlets such as Fox and Friends, Wake Up With Al and at the Social Innovation Summit in Silicon Valley.

To register to attend, please visit http://www.youngscientistchallenge.com/live-event.

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100 CIO/CTO Leaders in STEM- Tony Velleca, Chief Information Officer of UST Global

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 Tony Velleca, Chief Information Officer of UST Global.

Tony Velleca
Chief Information Officer
UST Global

Tony Velleca is Chief Information Officer of UST Global, responsible for information technology, communications and security services for global operations spanning more than 26 countries. Tony was selected by ComputerWorld as one of 2010’s Premier 100 IT Leaders for driving positive change and innovation through technology.

In addition to his role as CIO, Tony is responsible for strategic partnerships. The most successful partners are new, innovative technology that offer potentially disruptive capabilities. To be in a position to recommend these capabilities to clients, UST Global often implements their technology before recommending them to clients.

Prior to his role as CIO, Tony was responsible for Global Services. In this role, he implemented the “Think, Plan, Build, Verify and Run” service framework and aligned the major service offerings to this framework.

He also pioneered an innovative leadership development program called the personal brand and thought leadership project. As a result of this program, many innovative service offerings were created ahead of their time giving UST Global a first mover advantage around mobile, social, “software as a service” and advanced analytics.

Prior to his role as VP of Global Services, Tony was responsible for creating Global Relationship Management. A key part of UST Global’s differentiation is to be a strategic partner to our clients. This team of former CIOs and senior Consultants ensures that UST Global is consistently offering value to our clients and has been a key contributor to UST Global’s perfect client retention and industry-leading growth.

Tony has been with UST Global since 2000. Prior to joining UST Global, Tony was a co-founder and the Chief Technology Officer at huddle247.com, which PC Magazine had rated among the top virtual workspace solutions in 2000.

Prior to huddle247.com, he worked for Boeing (formerly McDonnell Douglas) and Rolls-Royce, Inc. where he spent most of his career in conceptual design and optimization of propulsion systems for next generation commercial and military aircraft.

Tony holds a BS degree in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and an MBA (Honors) from University of California, Irvine.

About UST Global

UST Global® is a leading provider of end-to-end IT services and solutions for Global 1000 companies. We use a client-centric Global Engagement Model that combines local, senior, on-site resources with the cost, scale, and quality advantages of off-shore operations.

The industry-leading expertise found within our Centers of Excellence (CoEs) plays a key role in our success with clients. The CoEs deliver pragmatic IT solutions that allow clients to consistently achieve their most critical business objectives. Our Partner Program complements the Centers of Excellence. The program aims to develop strategic relationships with best-of-breed organizations to provide UST Global developers with advance access to new technology and educational resources.

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

To encourage women and minorities to pursue STEM, we need to bring the opportunities to them – which means opening channels for them to get quality training and good jobs. At UST Global, we’re tackling this head-on. We’re investing in recruiting, training and employing women from inner-cities who display the commitment to attend a community college.

We are working with local community colleges, foundations and civic organizations to identify women who have the desire and aptitude to be successful in the program. The selected women will go through intensive training on several aspects of information technology. They will be trained in advanced visualization, mobility, quality assurance, along with other aspects of information technology. We have experts, training curriculum, structure and processes to help assess and prepare the candidates.

How can we can we do a better job to strategically coordinate all those engaged in STEM across companies? (Across different departments)

Collaboration is key. We’re hiring many of the people we’re training, but we can’t hire everyone. So we’re asking other companies to tell us which skills they need so we can incorporate those into our training. We’re recruiting others to serve as mentors for students during and after the training process. We’re inviting corporate representatives to sit on our selection panels to help interview candidates.

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

Corporations need to realize there is massive STEM talent hiding in places they probably haven’t yet explored. It’s typical in IT to hire engineers and mathematicians – that makes sense. But we’ve realized we can look beyond those boundaries. We can hire people who do not have a four-year degree, but who have gone through community college and have shown that they have certain key skills that are required in technology and business – skills like critical thinking, the ability to inquire, and the ability to communicate.

If someone has those skills, then we can give them rapid on-the-job training to bring them up to speed in terms of the technology. The result – knowledge-economy jobs for the individual, and a qualified workforce for the organization.

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

We have several large-scale partnerships and programs that help us bring quality IT training and jobs to populations that don’t have easy access to career opportunities in technology. Right now we’re training 30,000 people in Mexico through a partnership with Centro Fox and Former Mexican president Vicente Fox, we’re rolling out a nationwide STEM initiative to educate and hire 5,000 minority women from U.S. inner cities by 2020, and we launched a program to hire and train 10,000 people with disabilities in India.  

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

I strongly believe that enterprises have an obligation to help those who are less fortunate and under-privileged in our society. So at UST Global we’ve taken that belief and applied it by proactively looking at ways to bring new opportunities – in the form of STEM careers – to populations that might not otherwise get those chances.

 

 

 

100 CIO/CTO Leaders in STEM- Kim VanGelder, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Eastman Kodak

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 Kim VanGelder, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Eastman Kodak. 

 

Kim VanGelder
Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Eastman Kodak

Kim VanGelder joined Kodak in 1984.  In 2004, she was appointed Chief Information Officer.  The Board of Directors elected her a corporate vice president in 2004 and senior vice president in 2014.  She reports to Chief Executive Officer Jeff Clarke.

VanGelder's early responsibilities included leading the Corporate group responsible for defining Kodak’s global IT architecture and standards.  In 1996, she was appointed Director of the Global ERP Competency Center, where she built the organization responsible for supporting Kodak’s worldwide SAP implementation.  In 2000, she was appointed Director of Information Technology for Kodak’s Research & Development organization, where she was responsible for the strategic and operational aspects of IT for worldwide R&D.  In addition to her role as CIO, in 2007 she was asked to lead a set of initiatives focused on the transformation of key business processes across the company.  In 2011, she assumed the additional role of Director of Worldwide Customer Operations, responsible for driving a more customer-centric, streamlined, and information-enabled go-to-market operating model.

VanGelder holds a B.S. in Mathematics from the Rochester Institute of Technology.  She is a member of RIT's Board of Trustees, the Dean's Council for RIT's Golisano College, and the Board of Directors of the Rochester Area Community Foundation.

About Eastman Kodak

Eastman Kodak is a technology company focused on imaging. We provide hardware, software, consumables and services to customers in graphic arts, commercial print, publishing, packaging, electronic displays, entertainment and commercial films, and consumer products markets. With our world-class R&D capabilities, innovation solutions portfolio, and highly trusted brand, Kodak is helping customers around the globe to sustainably grow their businesses and enjoy their lives. Though Kodak has mostly been known for its historic role in photography, the company has served imaging needs of numerous industries since the early 1900s. Kodak's current portfolio is based on deep technological expertise developed over the years in materials science, deposition and digital imaging science. Using this expertise, the company that delivered the first roll film and the first digital camera is now delivering leading solutions for today's business customers. Today we are building new growth businesses based on our technology and the value of the Kodak brand.

Eastman Kodak's Story

These days there is a surprising number of people who don't know the Kodak story. For those who remember, the yellow Kodak box once held the moments and memories that our smartphones and computers do today. Our name was synonymous with photography and brand recognition on the scale of Nike and Coca-Cola. But long before that, it was our founder George Eastman who used science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to revolutionize the world's relationship with images.

Mr. Eastman understood the power of these academic disciplines more than anybody. He also understood that the real agents of change were the people who used STEM to make the breakthroughs that helped Kodak become one of the biggest brands in history.

George Eastman began giving to academic institutions when his salary was $60 a week -- with a donation of $50 to the Mechanics Institute of Rochester, now the Rochester Institute of Technology.

He was an admirer of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) because he had hired some of its graduates, who had become his best assistants. Eventually this led to an anonymous gift of $20 million to M.I.T. from a "Mr. Smith," later revealed to be Mr. Eastman himself. 

His generosity was not just altruistic - it was pragmatic. By supporting schools focused on education in STEM, Eastman enriched the well from which he drew some of Kodak's greatest minds. With this focus he built one of the worlds greatest and most memorable companies.

And despite the challenges of the last few years, Kodak has never waivered in its dedication to supporting STEM in academia. Thanks to our visionary founder, it’s who we are and who we've always been.

As Kodak's Chief Information Officer, I see the minds that speak the language of STEM drive innovation every day. 

This is no more apparent than at the Kodak Research Labs where we are dedicated to supporting the development of the next generation of practicing scientists. We regularly invite advanced degree (Ph.D.) candidates to work side by side with our research scientists for 10 to 16 weeks. During this time candidates focus on chemistry, materials science, device physics and computational science in a hands-on research setting. Time and time again we've heard just how invaluable these hands-on experiences can be for students.

Kodak's Research Labs are headed by Dr. Nancy Ferris, who joined Kodak after receiving her Ph.D. degree in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin. Throughout her career, Nancy has also personally supported STEM educational initiatives for young women at the high school level and continues to serve as an advisor to the Chemistry Department at the University of Texas at Austin.  

Kodak also supports the development of scientists and engineers through a long-standing Kodak sponsored fellowship program at Stanford University.  Selected Ph.D. candidates are working on new STEM related research topics in areas as diverse as multi-media information processing, organic semi-conducting films and protein hydro-gels for drug delivery.  Our relationship with Stanford and other universities provides a great opportunity for soon-to-be professionals to see real world challenges and face them.

Beyond PhD level commitments, we have several volunteers from our research and development department that help students on the FIRST Robotics teams as mentors during the plan & build phases as well as being there during the competition. In fact, our Chief Technology Officer Terry Taber continues to serve on the Executive Advisory Board for the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Finger Lakes Region.

Terry also serves as Chair of Roberts Wesleyan College Board and leader of the Board effort to expand Science & Nursing schools through modern lab facility including virtual (simulation) labs for nursing. 

Additionally, as we rebuild and develop our talent pipeline, we are focusing on building a diverse pool of candidates both at the college and mid-career level. Indeed, a diversity of thoughts, ideas, perspectives, and experiences truly leads to excellence in innovation. Throughout Kodak’s history, this is always been the case. Our goal today is to have a more integrated approach where diversity and inclusion are truly part of our culture. Diverse perspectives enrich science and are critical to creating innovative solutions.

You see, STEM isn't just about hiring people with a background in science, technology, engineering and math. It's about supporting institutions that develop brilliant minds, just as Mr. Eastman did more than 100 years ago. As a Trustee for the Rochester Institute of Technology, I have the opportunity to continue our tradition of linking our company with great minds in academia. By finding ways to support diverse students in STEM, we position ourselves to meet the challenges of our world.

Kodak is ready to meet these challenges. We have so much to be excited about these days. 3D printing and touchscreen technology are just some of the areas where we are mining for advancements and breakthroughs. At the end of the day, we are an imaging company in world that understands itself through images. Continuing to invest in our future through students studying the principles of science, tech, engineering, and math will always be key to our success.

 

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