PhD, Vice President and Director, Science Education Programs, Oak Ridge Associated Universities
Wayne Stevenson recently retired as Vice President and Director of Science Education Programs for Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU). He has been responsible for the development, implementation, operation and evaluation of educational programs that provide students and educators with access to the advanced technology and research programs of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, other national laboratories and federal research centers.
Stevenson has made significant contributions to science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. He leads efforts to evaluate federally-funded workforce development programs and has successfully increased women and underrepresented minority participation in science education programs. Most recently, he led the establishment of the Oak Ridge Center for Science Education, with a focus on providing students and educators with access to authentic research through partnerships with national laboratories and the private sector. The Center annually supports the education and research of 8000 students, recent graduates, K-12 educators and others. It is the home of the newly established STEM Leadership Academy under Tennessee’s Race to the Top program.
He has testified before Congressional committees and served on federal and state advisory groups. He is the author of books, papers and reports on the science and technology labor market, youth unemployment, broadening diversity in science and technology, and measuring the effectiveness of workforce development programs. Before joining ORAU, Stevenson held a faculty position in the Department of Economics at the University of Utah. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University