Thursday Breakfast with Roundtable Discussions

Thursday, April 5, 2018
7:30 am   -   8:30 am
Room: Ballroom C



Inside the Minds of STEM Decision Makers
-Brian Van Aken, SVP, Modis
What’s the greatest challenge to diversity in STEM? Do millennials and Baby Boomers value the same employee benefits? Which political policies will impact STEM the most? During this roundtable discussion, Modis – part of The Adecco Group and the world leader in comprehensive engineering and IT workforce solutions – will share insights on these questions and more from its recent STEM Workplace Trends Study, which explores the attitudes and beliefs of STEM decision makers on trends impacting the current and future workplace.

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Today’s Tool for Tomorrow’s Problem-Solving Leaders
-Rosemary Mendel, BEST Robotics, Executive Director
-Jonathan Reynolds, School of Computer Science, CMU, Outreach Project Manager
-Dr. Mike Bright, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Grove City College, Department chair and professor

Robotics has emerged as one of the most effective ways to engage students in STEM. By incorporating programming, math, engineering design, and creativity, robotics gives students a tangible result of the STEM applications they are using. More importantly, such programs lead students through collaborative problem solving – one of the most valuable skills in the workforce of today and tomorrow. In this discussion, BEST Robotics will demonstrate how students with experience in robotics competitions are laying the groundwork for success by building a broad-based understanding of key STEM concepts.

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Understanding the STEM Paradox
-Celina Morgan Standard, Senior Vice President, Global Business Development
-Lorraine Hariton, Senior Vice President Global Partnerships
Despite the emphasis on STEM education, and increasing numbers of STEM graduates in the United States and the rest of the world, many STEM jobs are remain unfilled, here and abroad. This dissonance between in demand skills and unemployment is known as the STEM Paradox. In 2015, the New York Academy of Sciences produced a white paper, The Global STEM Paradox on the topic. Three years later, we look forward to the opportunity to bring our community together to consider what progress has been made and how can we continue to address the STEM Paradox.

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