As a part of its annual U.S. News STEM Solutions conference, U.S. News & World Report honors distinguished leaders in education, industry, and other sectors as part of the U.S. News STEM Leadership Hall of Fame. These pioneers have strong track records of achievement in advancing STEM education and workforce development, and they share a firm commitment to developing a blueprint for the future of STEM.

Ursula Burns, Chairman, Xerox Corporation

Ursula Burns is the chairman of the board of Xerox Corporation, having served in this position since 2010. From 2009 – 2016, she was also chief executive officer. She joined Xerox as an intern in 1980 and during her career she has held leadership posts spanning corporate services, manufacturing and product development. She was named president in 2007. Read more…



Susan Hockfield, Ph.D., President Emerita, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; President, AAAS

Susan Hockfield, Ph.D. served from 2004 to 2012 as the sixteenth president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the first life scientist and first woman in that role. She is now President Emerita, Professor of Neuroscience and a member of the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research. As president, Hockfield strengthened the foundations of MIT’s finances and campus planning while advancing Institute-wide programs in sustainable energy and the convergence of the life, physical and engineering sciences. Read more…


Andrew N. Liveris, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Dow Chemical Company

Andrew N. Liveris is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Dow Chemical Company, a materials, polymers, chemicals and biological sciences enterprise, with 2016 annual sales of nearly $48 billion. A 40-year veteran of Dow and recognized global business leader, Liveris advocates the criticality of manufacturing worldwide. He is the author of Make It in America, which presents a comprehensive set of practical policy solutions and business strategies to achieve the Company’s vision of an ‘Advanced Manufacturing’ economy. Read more…


Ioannis N. Miaoulis, Ph.D., President and Director, Museum of Science, Boston

Dr. Ioannis (Yannis) Miaoulis has been President and Director of the Museum of Science, Boston since 2003. Originally from Greece, Dr. Miaoulis came to the Museum after a distinguished association with Tufts University. There, he was Dean of the School of Engineering, Associate Provost, Interim Dean of the University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and Professor of Mechanical Engineering. In addition to helping Tufts raise $100 million for its engineering school, Miaoulis greatly increased the number of female students and faculty, designed collaborative programs with industry, and more than doubled research initiatives. Read more…


Ellen Ochoa, Ph.D., Director, NASA Johnson Space Center

Selected by NASA in January 1990, Dr. Ochoa became an astronaut in July 1991. A veteran of four space flights, Dr. Ochoa has logged over 978 hours in space. She was a mission specialist on STS-56 (1993), was the Payload Commander on STS-66 (1994), and was a mission specialist and flight engineer on STS-96 (1999) and STS-110 (2002). Dr. Ochoa currently serves as Director of the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX. Read more…

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John J. Tracy
Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President, Engineering, Operations & Technology, The Boeing Company
Edward B. Rust Jr.
Chairman of the Board, State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
Norman C. Francis, Ph.D.
President Emeritus, Xavier University of Louisiana
Ellen Kullman
Retired Chair of the Board and CEO, DuPont
Anna Maria Chávez
Chief Executive Officer, Girl Scouts of the USA

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Craig R. Barrett
Ph.D., Retired CEO/Chairman of the Board, Intel Corporation
Stephen D. Bechtel, Jr.
Senior Director, Bechtel Group, Inc.; Senior Director, The Fremont Group
Maria Klawe
Ph.D.,President, Harvey Mudd College
Shirley Malcom
Ph.D., Head of Education and Human Resources Programs, AAAS
Eduardo J. Padrón
Ph.D., President, Miami Dade College

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Anousheh Ansari
Co-founder, chair and CEO, Prodea Systems
Norman R. Augustine
Retired chairman and CEO, Lockheed Martin
Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D.
President, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
William H. Swanson
Chairman and CEO, Raytheon

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Dan Arvizu, Ph.D.
Director and Chief Executive, U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Chairman, National Science Board
Sylvia Earle, Ph.D.
Explorer-in-Residence, National Geographic Society
Irwin Mark Jacobs, Sc.D.
Founding Chairman and CEO Emeritus, Qualcomm
Lucy Sanders
CEO and Co-founder, National Center for Women & Information Technology
Charles Vest, Ph.D.
President, National Academy of Engineering
President Emeritus, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Richard B. Alley, Ph.D.
Evan Pugh Professor of Geosciences, Penn State
Mary L. Good, Ph.D.
Special Adviser to the Chancellor for Economic Development, University of Arkansas—Little Rock
Freeman A. Hrabowski Ill, Ph.D.
President, University of Maryland—Baltimore County
Tom Luce
Chairman, National Math + Science Initiative
Ray Mellado
Chairman and CEO, Great Minds in STEM