Knowledge drives action, and at U.S. News STEM Solutions you’ll find a wealth of both.

Our conference program will feature an impressive roster of speakers—highly sought-after STEM all-stars from across technology, education and government with unique insights and great ideas—who will work with you to find optimal answers to your tough challenges.

This year’s conference combines a variety of formats. Please find the agenda as of 3/31/14 below (subject to change).




Wednesday, April 23, 2014

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. 


-Brian Kelly, Editor and Chief Content Officer, U.S. News & World Report


-Freeman Hrabowski, III, Ph.D., President, University of Maryland–Baltimore County

-Dalton Hughes, Meyerhoff Scholar and Undergraduate Student, Chemical Engineering, University of Maryland–Baltimore County

-Lauren Mazzoli, Cyber Scholar and Undergraduate Student, Computer Science and Mathematics, University of Maryland–Baltimore County

-Mitchel Zavala, Research Assistant and Undergraduate Student, Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland–Baltimore County

Judy Woodruff, Co-Anchor and Managing Editor, PBS Newshour (Moderator)


Thursday, April 24, 2014

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.


-Hadi Partovi, Co-Founder and CEO,


-Tamara Hudgins, Ph.D., Executive Director, Girlstart

-Matthew Peterson, Ph.D., Co-founder, Chief Operating Officer and Senior Scientist, MIND Research Institute (ST Math)

-Terri Stripling, Owner, Ten80 Education


Friday, April 25, 2014

9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.


-Steve Green, Vice President of Policy, Government and Public Affairs, Chevron 


-Dean Kamen, Founder, FIRST (via remote)


Jack N. Gerard, President and CEO, American Petroleum Institute


-Omar Abudayyeh, M.D.- Ph.D. candidate, Harvard Medical School

-Jack Andraka, First Place Winner, Intel Science Talent Search 2012

-Parker Liautaud, Polar Adventurer and Environmental Campaigner; Undergraduate, Geology and Geophysics, Yale University

-Ritankar Das, Chairman, See Your Future

-Nate Ball, Host, PBS Kids “Design Squad”; Co-Founder and CTO, Atlas Devices (Moderator)


12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.



-Ray Almgren, Vice President of Marketing, National Instruments 


-Anousheh Ansari, Co-founder, Chair and CEO, Prodea Systems

-Norm Augustine, former CEO, Lockheed Martin

-Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D., President, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

-William H. Swanson, Chairman, Raytheon Company

-Brian Kelly, Editor and Chief Content Officer, U.S. News & World Report (Moderator)





Session 1A: The Rise of Practical Graduate Education

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 | 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

By some estimates, about 2.6 million new and replacement jobs will require an advanced degree by 2020.  But outside of law and business schools, graduate education often focuses on preparing the next generation of academics, not hit-the-ground-running managers and employees with both technical and soft skills.  That’s changing, thanks to the rise of the professional science master’s degree as well as revamped master’s and Ph.D. programs that build in experiential learning. This session will showcase STEM programs that are successfully graduating students with advanced degrees and the skills employers desire.

-Sean R. Gallagher, Ph.D., Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, UVP

-Patrick S. Osmer, Ph.D., Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Dean of the Graduate School, Ohio State University

-Deborah Silver, Ph.D., Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Executive Director, Professional Science Master’s Program, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

-Anne McGrath, Managing Editor, U.S. News & World Report (moderator)


Session 1C: Bridging the Gap: Overcoming STEM Fatigue

Thursday, April 24, 2014 | 10:45 a.m. – 12 noon

Fewer than 4 in 10 students who enter college intending to major in STEM actually do so.  Improving recruitment and retention is one of the most crucial challenges, particularly as STEM-interested students move from high school to college or from two-year to four-year institutions. What’s working to combat STEM drop-off?  This session will discuss the most promising efforts to shore up the pipeline, from “bridge programs” linking high schools and colleges to effective partnerships between higher education institutions working to boosting STEM completion rates.

-Mary Fernandez, Ph.D., CEO, MentorNet

-Peter Kilpatrick, Ph.D., McCloskey Dean of Engineering, University of Notre Dame

-Lindsey Malcom-Piqueux, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Higher Education Administration, George Washington University

-Karen Zunkel, Ph.D., Director of Undergraduate Programs and Academic Quality, Iowa State University; President, Women in Engineering ProActive Network

-Dan Berrett, Senior Reporter, The Chronicle of Higher Education (moderator)


Session 1D: Report From the Teaching Front

Thursday, April 24, 2014 | 2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

The Association of American Universities is spearheading a five-year initiative to discover and spread the best evidence-based practices in undergraduate STEM education. University officials involved in the project share their experiences implementing instructional techniques that show promise. Among those being tested out: redesigning large introductory courses, writing-to-learn STEM, undergraduate research opportunities, learning-assistant model of instruction, and providing faculty members with immediate data on teaching and learning practices. 

-Steven B. Case, Ph.D., Director, Center for STEM Learning; Co-Director, UKanTeach Program, University of Kansas

-Regina (Gina) F. Frey, Ph.D., Florence E. Moog Professor of STEM Education in Chemistry; Executive Director, The Teaching Center, Washington University, St. Louis

-Mary Ann Rankin, Ph.D., Senior Vice President and Provost, University of Maryland–College Park

-Hunter R. Rawlings III, Ph.D., President, Association of American Universities


Session 1F: The Changing Landscape of Online Education

Friday, April 25, 2014 | 10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

The buzz around online education has been building for some time, with the higher education community developing a wide range of distance learning coursework and degree programs and exploring the potential of massive open online courses (MOOCs). Gain new insight on the role of online instruction in STEM higher education from university officials and education experts who have examined the landscape and tested the waters. Georgia Tech, for example, seeks to provide an affordable model for awarding credit for MOOCs with its new wholly online master’s of computer science degree.

-Anant Agarwal, Ph.D., CEO, edX; Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

-David R. Cillay, Ph.D., Vice President of Global Campus, Washington State University

-Zvi Galil, Ph.D., John P. Imlay Jr. Dean of Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology

-Chip Paucek, CEO, 2U

-Patrick D’Amelio, Chief Executive Officer, Washington STEM (moderator)





Session 2B: Inside the New CTE Career Clusters

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 | 4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Similar to the Common Core State Standards for mathematics, state career and technical education directors are establishing a uniform set of standards for their programs: the Common Career Technical Core, built around 16 “career clusters.”  STEM is one cluster and a range of others are aligned with science and math, such as manufacturing, IT, and health science. Forty-two states and the District of Columbia are participating.  This session will explore the emerging effort and the particulars of effective CTE programs that are worth implementing across the country.

-Marie Barry, Director, Office of Career and Technical Education, New Jersey Department of Education

-Tracy Gray, Ph.D., Managing Director, American Institutes for Research

-Kimberly A. Green, Executive Director, National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium


Session 2C: Customized Credentials Come of Age

Thursday, April 24, 2014 | 10:45 a.m. – 12 noon

From online badges for specific skills to certification for precise training and competency-based skill attainment to prior learning assessments, many experts see portable, stackable credentials as a pathway to a job or an associate degree. The Obama administration, too, is exploring these new approaches as part of its agenda to tackle college costs and improve and expand student academic success. This panel will examine some of the standout credentials that employers value—and which lead to STEM jobs—as well as what’s necessary to engage more students and young professionals in these pathways.

-Kyle D. Bowen, Director of Informatics, Purdue University

-Peggie Ward Koon, Ph.D., President, International Society of Automation; Vice President of Audience, Morris Publishing Group

-Cathy Sandeen, Ph.D., Vice President, Education Attainment and Innovation, American Council on Education

-Barbara Endel, Ph.D., Program Director, Jobs for the Future (moderator)





Session 3A: First Comes Math: The Need for Remediation

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 | 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Many studies have shown that only about 12 percent of community college students who plan to go on for a four-year STEM degree start off capable of college-level math, the foundation of everything in STEM. It’s clear that math remediation is key to feeding the STEM pipeline, but the typical developmental course is a turnoff and fully 70 percent of students who place into these classes don’t complete them, dropping out of a degree program or changing direction away from STEM. This session looks at novel promising approaches to accelerated and engaging remediation. 

-Glenn DuBois, Ph.D., Chancellor, Virginia Community College System

-Cinnamon Hillyard, Ph.D., Senior Associate for Network Relations, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

-Paul Fain, Senior Reporter, Inside Higher Ed (moderator)


Session 3E: Fast Track to a Paycheck

Thursday, April 24, 2014 | 3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Around the country, partnerships between community colleges and local businesses are producing skilled employees for actual jobs. The seven community colleges in Chicago and Mayor Rahm Emanuel, for example, have launched an initiative called “College to Careers” to make sure the curricula are turning out the people the Windy City needs, training health care workers at Malcolm X College, for example, and IT professionals at Wilbur Wright. What are some success stories there and elsewhere, and how can other colleges and employers replicate them? 

-Cheryl L. Hyman, Chancellor, City Colleges of Chicago

-Rey Garcia, Ph.D., President and CEO, Texas Association of Community Colleges

-Stanley Litow, Vice President, Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs; President, IBM International Foundation, IBM

-John Fitzpatrick, Executive Director, Educate Texas (moderator)


Session 3F: The Community College Reinvented

Friday, April 25, 2014 | 10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

The American Association of Community Colleges and the Center for Community College Student Engagement have both recently reported on a pressing need for wide-scale reinvention if schools are going to counteract low student success rates and employment preparation that is inadequately connected to job market needs. How best to engage (and retain) students? Some of the recommendations: Add some of the same “high-impact” practices that four-year colleges have been employing, such as learning communities, student success classes and intensive support, and move away from a system that allows picking and choosing of courses to one based on defined career pathways, with a focus on job skills and employability. This session offers a look at how several forward-thinking institutions are having an impact in the STEM arena.

-Bruce H. Leslie, Ph.D., Chancellor, Alamo Colleges, San Antonio

-Eduardo J. Padrón, Ph.D., President, Miami Dade College

-Karen A. Stout, Ed.D., President, Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell, Pa.; Executive Committee Member, American Association of Community Colleges

-Scott Jaschik, Editor, Inside Higher Ed (moderator)





Session 4A: Inside NAEP’S New Report Card: Measuring Technology and Engineering Literacy

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 | 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

For nearly 50 years, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) has provided a continuous and nationally representative measure of what U.S. students know and can do in various subjects, including science and math. With the growing emphasis on technology and engineering in the classroom and in our daily lives, evidence of what students can do in these areas is essential for developing policies, plans and programs. Join us to learn about NAEP’s new, computer-based Technology and Engineering Literacy (TEL) assessment. TEL is the first nationwide, cross-curricular assessment to provide evidence about what students know about technology and engineering and the roles they play in their lives. Using interactive, scenario-based tasks, TEL will also measure students’ ability to develop solutions to technological and engineering problems and use technology to communicate and collaborate effectively.

-Lonnie Smith, Assessment Specialist, ETS

-William Ward, Senior Research Scientist, Assessments Division, National Center for Education Statistics

-Peggy G. Carr, Ph.D., Associate Commissioner for Assessment, National Center for Education Statistics (moderator)


Session 4D: Making STEM Stick in Middle School

Thursday, April 24, 2014 | 2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Building a child’s interest in STEM should start very early, experts say, but should really catch hold by middle school, when many students come to think that STEM is or isn’t for them.  In addition to classroom work, effective pre-teen engagement with science and math requires some combination of innovative teaching methods, out-of-school and informal learning programs, mentorship opportunities, and partnerships with other schools at every level. This session, featuring experts on the front lines, will explore what’s working to pique, capture and sustain middle schoolers’ interest in STEM.

-Peg Cagle, Teacher in Residence & Adjunct Instructor, Peabody College, Vanderbilt University

-Chelsea Cochrane, Teacher in Residence, Sally Ride Science

-Linda Gojak, President, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics; Director, Center for Mathematics and Science Education, John Carroll University

-Chad Ripberger, Program Director for STEM, National 4-H Council

-Michael D. Gallagher, President and CEO, Entertainment Software Association (moderator)


Session 4E: Next Steps for the Next Generation Science Standards

Thursday, April 24, 2014 | 3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Momentum is growing: The Next Generation Science Standards, based on frameworks from the National Research Council, have been adopted by Rhode Island, Kentucky, Kansas, Maryland, Vermont, California, Delaware, Washington, and the District of Columbia. In this session, authors of the standards and supporters will provide a status update on the rollout as well as explore the next steps for widespread adoption, implementation and policy.

-Janet Auer, Specialist, Global Social Investment, Chevron (introduction)

-Juan-Carlos Aguilar, Ph.D., Science Program Manager, Georgia Department of Education; President, Council of State Science Supervisors

-David Evans, Ph.D., Executive Director, National Science Teachers Association

-Stephen Pruitt, Ph.D., Senior Vice President for Content, Research and Development, Achieve

-Erik Robelen, Assistant Managing Editor, Education Week (moderator)


Session 4F: Giving Computer Science a Boost

Friday, April 25, 2014 | 10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Many STEM proponents say that computer science is an increasingly essential skill and should be available early in a child’s education. Yet most schools don’t offer classes in programming. Research has shown that computer science lessons from an early age can increase both interest and achievement in STEM fields. Panelists will provide an update on the push to make computer science a pillar of K-12 education, as well as review the research on its benefits.

-Kimberly Bryant, Founder and Executive Director, Black Girls CODE

-Alison Derbenwick Miller, Vice President, Oracle Academy

-Deborah Seehorn, Chair, Computer Science Teachers Association; Business, Finance, and IT Education Consultant, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

-Michael Morella, Associate Editor, U.S. News & World Report (moderator)





Session 5C: Music, Magic and More

Thursday, April 24, 2014 | 10:45 a.m. – 12 noon

From probing how the brain responds to music to using magic to demonstrate physics and mathematics concepts, STEM often hinges on engaging and interactive experiences. STEM advocates see such inspirational hands-on work as a great hope for getting more students, especially young ones, excited about the STEM fields. Join several STEM specialists as they share their techniques and discuss ways that educators and others can heighten student interest in science and math.

-Parag Chordia, Ph.D., Chief Scientist, Smule

Alan J. McCormack, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Science Education, San Diego State University

-Seymour Simon, children’s science book author

-Morgan Felchner, Managing Editor, U.S. News & World Report (moderator)


Session 5D: Science and Discovery

Thursday, April 24, 2014 | 2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

The value of STEM in the world at large can’t be understated: Its impact is clear in groundbreaking scientific discoveries that benefit mankind and the health of each and every individual.  Hear from several STEM visionaries whose work and exploration in science and engineering is making an impact. 

-Jack Andraka, First Place Winner, Intel Science Talent Search 2012

-Catherine Mohr, M.D., Senior Director of Medical Research, Intuitive Surgical

-Michael Morella, Associate Editor, U.S. News & World Report (moderator)


Session 5E: STEM Hollywood-Style

Thursday, April 24, 2014 | 3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Many STEM advocates see the arts and pop culture as an especially important component in stimulating students’ interest in science, particularly in developing skills like creativity and innovation. In this interactive session, several STEM experts demonstrate the power of bringing science and math ideas alive through movies, superheroes and more.

-James Kakalios, Ph.D., Professor, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Minnesota

-Lesli Rotenberg, General Manager of Children’s Programming, PBS

-Steve Wolf, President, Science in the Movies, Wolf Stuntworks

-Anne McGrath, Managing Editor, U.S. News & World Report (moderator)




Session 6A: Creating a Sustainable Commitment to STEM

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 | 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

In today’s corporate world, improving STEM education and increasing public awareness of STEM career opportunities are essential to ensuring a steady flow of workers with tomorrow’s skills today.  Many companies are employing multiple initiatives across many sectors to achieve these goals, including working with K-12 and higher education institutions to develop curriculums, inspiring and engaging youngsters through employee mentor programs and teacher workshops, instituting formal STEM councils, developing relationships with a variety of stakeholders and becoming active members of the STEM public policy debate. Several executives from companies leading the way in STEM will explain their thinking, their programs, and their progress.

-Blair Blackwell, Manager of Education and Corporate Programs, Chevron

-Wendy R. Hawkins, Executive Director, Intel Foundation

-Aleta Stampley, Director, K-12 Education and Community Relations, Texas Instruments

-Mark D. Vaughn, Ph.D., Manager, Technical Talent Pipelining and Lead, Technology Community Office of STEM, Corning Inc.

-Christopher Roe, Chief Executive Officer, California STEM Learning Network (moderator)


Session 6B: Putting Veterans to Work for STEM

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 | 4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Over the next five years, more than 1 million veterans are expected to leave the military, according to the Corporate Executive Board.  A wide range of job training and placement programs are developing, particularly around the STEM disciplines, to harness the talents of those who have served, including grass-roots efforts and industry-wide corporate programs and partnerships. This session will highlight several approaches to tapping existing skills and developing new ones in veterans.

-Cara G. LaPointe, Ph.D., White House Fellow, Office of the First Lady; Commander, United States Navy

-Michael J. Ott, Chapter Leader, VetsInTech

-Kris Urbauer, Program Manager, Military Initiatives, General Electric

-Leo Shane III, Congressional and Veterans Affairs Reporter, Military Times (moderator)


Session 6F: A Crash Course in Talent Recruitment

Friday, April 25, 2014 | 10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Finding STEM-savvy workers is fast becoming a critical imperative for a growing number of U.S. companies. Learn from employers firsthand about their talent needs in the short-term and what they’re doing to fill those spots: internships and apprenticeships; certifications and on-the-job training; continuous learning; mentorship programs; reaching out to untapped talent pools such as women, minorities and veterans; and formalizing structured career pathways.

-Michele Aguilar Carlin, Senior Vice President, Human Resources & Communications, Motorola Solutions

-Michael J. Alvarez, Workforce Development Initiative Manager, Shell Oil Company

-Samantha Dwinell, Vice President of Human Resources, Texas Instruments

-Gwenne A. Henricks, Vice President of Product Development & Global Technology and Chief Technology Officer, Caterpillar

-Kimberly Castro, Managing Editor, U.S. News & World Report (moderator)




Session 7D: The STEM School Advantage Workshop

Thursday, April 24, 2014 | 2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.; 3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

A new portrait of the economy is being painted by jobs demanding STEM knowledge but not necessarily a STEM degree. More and more communities are meeting this call to action by incorporating STEM teaching and learning into their local classrooms. Those who pursue “the STEM school advantage” will better prepare their students for success in the STEM-driven economy. The STEMx network is advancing STEM school policy, practice and partnerships through the application of research and experience – by the states, for the states. Join this STEMx double-session workshop to learn about a range of STEM school models, explore ways to secure their advantage in your community, and engage with practitioners in the art of fostering local innovation with state leadership for national impact.

-Patrick D’Amelio, Chief Executive Officer, Washington STEM

-Aimee Kennedy, Vice President, Education and STEM Learning, Battelle Memorial Institute

-Reo Pruiett, Ed.D., Program Officer, Educate Texas

-Margaret Ashida, Executive Director, STEMx (moderator)




Session 8A: Leading by Example: The Crucial Role of Mentors.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 | 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Inspiring and engaging individuals who might not consider a STEM education or career is a challenging goal. Hear firsthand from a panel of mentors and coaches about what works and how best to cultivate relationships between individuals of different generations, genders and ethnic and cultural backgrounds. The mentors will also discuss how to engage parents, who may lack educations themselves, in their children’s quests for college and career development. 

-Capt. Barrington Irving, President and Founder, Experience Aviation

-Dara Richardson-Heron, M.D., Chief Executive Officer, YWCA USA

-Eric Schwarz, Co-Founder and CEO, Citizen Schools; Executive Chairman, US2020

-Mark J. Tamaro, P.E., Senior Principal, Thornton Tomasetti; Mentor, ACE Mentor Program

-Darlene Cavalier, Founder, Science Cheerleader; Founder, SciStarter (moderator)


Session 8E: Closing the Management Gender Gap

Thursday, April 24, 2014 | 3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Despite the presence of high-profile leaders, women are still greatly underrepresented in middle and senior management in many STEM fields. To address this persistent problem, companies ranging from e-commerce dynamos to multinational corporations are instituting innovative new programs to get more women into leadership positions. Panelists will discuss a range of approaches, from the creation of robust in-house mentoring programs to partnerships between companies, universities and major women’s professional organizations to develop cultural initiatives to identify and eliminate biases in the hiring, training and promotion of women and to address key issues like work-life balance.

-John Calabrese, Vice President, Global Vehicle Engineering, General Motors

-Xiaochun Luo, Ph.D., Group Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer, Avon

-Teresa Vanhooser, Deputy Director, NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.

-Mimi Lufkin, Chief Executive Officer, National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (moderator)


Session 8F: Serving Underserved Youth

Friday, April 25, 2014 | 10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

A growing number of in-school and out-of-school programs are aimed at advancing STEM education in historically underserved communities, particularly low-income, disadvantaged and at-risk youths. Our panelists will explore how to create programs that show great potential for actively engaging these youth in 21st century learning, including incorporating STEM into their lives, providing necessary funding, partnering with local schools and community groups and effectively providing a clear pathway to a job.  

-Noel S. Anderson, Ph.D., National Senior Director of Program, Year Up

-Bernard A. Harris Jr., M.D., President, The Harris Foundation

-Anna M. Park, Chief Executive Officer, Great Minds in STEM

-Courtney Tanenbaum, Senior Researcher, American Institutes for Research

-Arva Rice, President and CEO, New York Urban League (moderator)





Session 9B: The View From Capitol Hill

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 | 4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Improving America’s schools. Reauthorizing the Higher Education Act. Developing tomorrow’s workforce. Maintaining the United States’ global competitiveness. Revamping career and technical education. Reforming H-1B visas. These topics and many more related to STEM remain on the docket as the 113th Congress closes its second session. Several key players in STEM from Capitol Hill will share their policy outlook and ideas about national STEM initiatives and provide a realistic assessment of what’s likely for passage or funding. 

-Cliff Shannon, Majority Staff Director, Subcommittee on Research and Technology, U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology

-Dahlia L. Sokolov, Ph.D., Minority Staff Director, Subcommittee on Research and Technology, U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology

-Brad Thomas, Senior Education Policy Advisor, U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce

-James Brown, Executive Director, STEM Education Coalition (moderator)


Session 9F: The Numbers Game

Friday, April 25, 2014 | 10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

What career opportunities can I suggest to my sixth-grade star pupil in math? Which out-of-school programs should my company support? Which STEM degree-holders have the most potential for a management track? How much do organic chemists earn? Everyone is looking for answers, to test hypotheses, to measure performance, to evaluate outcomes, to target funding. And that means data. Several research experts in the STEM world pinpoint the best data resources and identify those areas where more attention should be devoted, as well as share emerging models for measuring improvements and advances in STEM education and workforce development.

-Jeanne B. Contardo, Ph.D., Senior Advisor, Business-Higher Education Forum

-Johnathan M. Holifield, Vice President of Inclusive Competitiveness, NorTech

-Robert J. Morse, Director of Data Research, U.S. News & World Report

-Steve Kappler, Assistant Vice President and Head of Postsecondary Strategy, ACT (moderator)




There is no shortage of expertise in the STEM arena. Come join the nation’s leading advocates of STEM in an informal setting, as they stand by to answer your questions and explain how their organizations or programs can help. This is your opportunity to learn, network, chat, and partner all things STEM.


Session 10C
Thursday, April 24, 2014 | 10:45 a.m. – 12 noon
-Jodi Grant, Executive Director, Afterschool Alliance

Camsie McAdams, Acting Director, Office of STEM, U.S. Department of Education

-Irving Pressley McPhail, Ed.D., President and Chief Executive Officer, National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering

-Karen A. Peterson, Chief Executive Officer, EdLab Group; Principal Investigator, National Girls Collaborative Project


Session 10D
Thursday, April 24, 2014 | 2:00 p.m – 3:15 p.m.
-Edie Fraser, Chief Executive Officer, STEMconnector

-Jeff Lundy, Ph.D., Manager, Research, Corporate Citizenship Center, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

-Talia Milgrom-Elcott, Executive Director and Co-Founder, 100Kin10




Join the discussion as a panel of experts facilitates a deep dive into some of the challenges and obstacles that hamper progress – as well as explores successful initiatives and innovations – in the push to plug the STEM pipeline. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions, debate the experts and fellow audience members, frame the issues, and offer practical solutions and real-life examples.


Session 11B: Culture Shock: Valuing Academic Achievement

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 | 4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Many experts say the U.S. won’t experience a sea change in STEM until our culture values academic achievement as much as or more so than sports and entertainment. How does the U.S. promote academic achievement, particularly in STEM, among school-age kids? Are there lessons we could import from other countries? Is it possible to change the opinion of our celebrity-obsessed society? We invite participants to contemplate whether such a change is feasible in the U.S. and what short- and long-term steps are required to achieve such a turnabout.

-Evan Glazer, Ph.D., Principal, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Alexandria, Va.

-Jeff Goldstein, Ph.D., Director, Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education; Director, National Center for Earth and Space Science Education

-Glen Whitney, Ph.D., Executive Director and Founder, National Museum of Mathematics

-Andrew J. Rotherham, Co-Founder and Partner, Bellwether Education Partners (moderator)


Session 11C: The Common Core Backlash

Thursday, April 24, 2014 | 10:45 a.m. – 12 noon

More than 40 states and the District of Columbia have adopted the Common Core State Standards for mathematics. But as implementation has been rolling out, criticism has been growing, prompting legislative battles in a number of states and a full backing-out of the standards in Indiana earlier this year. Come join the authors of the standards and top proponents of these new uniform benchmarks for achievement as they compile, with your help, a set of talking points that can help convince dissenters that the standards are critical to the future of the nation, its citizens and its economy.

-Mitchell D. Chester, Ed.D., Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

-Chris Minnich, Executive Director, Council of Chief State School Officers

-Brian Kelly, Editor and Chief Content Officer, U.S. News & World Report (moderator)


Session 11D: The STEM Crisis Myth

Thursday, April 24, 2014 | 2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

A number of experts have recently written articles, op-eds and reports arguing that there is no STEM worker shortfall. On the contrary, some insist, there is a more than adequate supply of STEM workers. We’ll bring together the opposing sides to explain their rationales—and give you the opportunity to dispute, refute, support, or agree.

-Stephen Ezell, Senior Analyst, The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation

-Jonathan Rothwell, Ph.D., Senior Research Associate and Associate Fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institution

-Hal Salzman, Ph.D., Professor of Public Policy; Senior Faculty Fellow, John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

-Tim Smart, Executive Editor, U.S. News & World Report (moderator)


Session 11E: The Holy Grail: Scalability

Thursday, April 24, 2014 | 3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Building effective STEM programs is no easy task. But a number of organizations have shown great success in creating outstanding programs that can be replicated nationally. Change the Equation and the Business Roundtable have recently recognized a handful of programs for their strong promise and potential for national scalability in helping more students become college- and career-ready. Join the CEO of Change the Equation and representatives of several programs that have successfully scaled up to learn their secrets and glean advice you can use to follow their leads.

-Vince Bertram, Ed.D., President and Chief Executive Officer, Project Lead The Way

-Gregg Fleisher, Chief Academic Officer, National Math + Science Initiative

-Michael P. Marder, Ph.D., Professor of Physics; Executive Director, UTeach Science Program, University of Texas

-Linda P. Rosen, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer, Change the Equation

-Stephan Turnipseed, Executive Director of Strategic Partnerships, President Emeritus, LEGO Education, North America (moderator)





In the growing movement to provide practical solutions to the STEM jobs and education dilemma, a handful of individuals stand out as driving forces, and we look to them for guidance, counsel and continuing to blaze a trail. Here’s your chance to get to know some of them. Come prepared for an extended Q&A session via a facilitated discussion.


Session 12A: STEM Change-Maker: One-on-One

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 | 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

-Edie Fraser, Chief Executive Officer, STEMconnector (introduction)

-Kim Reynolds, Lieutenant Governor, State of Iowa

-Margaret Mannix, Executive Editor, U.S. News & World Report (moderator)


Session 12B: STEM Change-Maker: One-on-One

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 | 4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

-James H. Shelton III, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Education

-Brian Kelly, Editor and Chief Content Officer, U.S. News & World Report (moderator)


Session 12C: STEM Change-Maker: One-on-One

Thursday, April 24, 2014 | 10:45 a.m. – 12 noon

-Joan Ferrini-Mundy, Ph.D., Assistant Director, Directorate for Education and Human Resources, National Science Foundation

-Anthony (Bud) Rock, President and CEO, Association of Science-Technology Centers (moderator)