College Park, MD
1110 Kim Engineering Building, A. James Clark School of Engineering, University of Maryland
Today, the most pressing issue we face is economic recovery, chiefly job creation. Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—or STEM—fields will be essential to long-term job growth. As the only sitting senator in the 111th Congress who worked as an engineer, I felt it was my duty to encourage federal investment in STEM education. My background both provided me with a unique perspective on how to address our nation’s challenges and also gave me a sense of responsibility to speak out about the importance of recruiting a new generation of engineers. While surveys continue to show that young people today want to "make a difference" with their lives, often they do not see engineering as a way to do that. During my term in office, I have stressed the need to make students and policymakers more aware that engineers have always been the world's problem solvers. To achieve this, students need better preparation in STEM subjects at the K-12 level. If we can attract more students into engineering fields, we can increase our capacity for high-tech innovation and entrepreneurship, which will lead to the kind of job creation that can fuel our economy for a generation.
Engineers, educators, recruiters, entrepreneurs
Contact Name: Missy Corley