Education, business and government leaders met in Baltimore for the U.S. News STEM Solutions Conference to discuss the state of science, technology, engineering and mathematics education in the U.S. Conference attendees attended panels featuring industry experts, mingled over Baltimore-themed food and drinks, visited the exhibit hall and watched keynote speeches and sessions. For recaps of each day's sessions, go to usnews.com/stem; see below for videos from the conference.
Focus on Baltimore, May 18: A panel discussion, "The Charm City College-to-Career Pipeline: Higher Ed to the Rescue," looked at STEM education in the Baltimore region and its impact on the local economy. Dawn Lindsay, president of Anne Arundel Community College; Gordon F. May, president and CEO of Baltimore City Community College; Maria Thompson, president of Coppin State University; and David Wilson, president of Morgan State University detailed how they are working to shape the STEM professionals of tomorrow. Sheilah Kast of Baltimore's WYPR 88.1 FM moderated the discussion.
Michael E. Cryor, chair of OneBaltimore, spoke about ways to unite the city and tackle some of its challenges, and his remarks were followed by a discussion on tomorrow's STEM jobs and skills. The participants included Diane Bell-McKoy, president and CEO of Associated Black Charities; M. Jason Brooke, CEO and general counsel of Vasoptic Medical; Donald C. Fry, president and CEO of Greater Baltimore Committee; Karl Gumtow, CEO of CyberPoint International; and Robert L. Wallace, CEO of Bithenergy. Jeff Salkin, a news anchor for Maryland Public Television, moderated the panel.
Muriel Cole-Webber, principal of Edmondson-Westside High School; Michael Falk, Johns Hopkins University professor and mechanical engineering and physics principal investigator for Johns Hopkins University STEM Achievement in Baltimore Elementary Schools; Gretchen LeGrand, executive director of Code in the Schools; and Kate McGuire, Baltimore City Regional Director for Maryland Science Olympiad, talked about STEM initiatives in Baltimore K-12 schools. Ellie Mitchell, director of Maryland Out of School Time Network, moderated the discussion.
National Opening Keynote Session, May 18: Maryland Higher Education Commission Secretary James Fielder spoke about the importance of STEM education in Maryland. National Urban League President and CEO Marc Morial offered remarks, which were followed by a panel discussion featuring Arizona State University President Michael Crow and University of Maryland—Baltimore County President Freeman Hrabowski III. U.S. News & World Report Editor and Chief Content Officer Brian Kelly moderated the discussion on the state of STEM and the need to overhaul the educational system.
Keynote Session, May 19: Ronald Daniels, president of Johns Hopkins University, and Andrew Green, editorial page editor at The Baltimore Sun, had a keynote conversation about the role of STEM in revitalizing Baltimore's economy. Next, Melissa Sandlin of Northrop Grumman spoke about the company's High School Involvement Partnership Program, followed by remarks by Gerald Solomon of Samueli Foundation and Ron Ottinger of STEM Next, University of San Diego, about the STEM Funders STEM Learning Ecosystem.
Also on May 19, U.S. News & World Report's Margaret Mannix address attendees before the 2016 U.S. News STEM Leadership Hall of Fame honorees took the stage. This year's honorees were: Anna Maria Chávez, CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA; Norman C. Francis, president emeritus of Xavier University of Louisiana; Ellen Kullman, retired chair of the board and CEO of DuPont; Edward B. Rust Jr., chairman of the board of State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company; and John J. Tracy, chief technology officer and senior vice president of engineering, operations and technology at The Boeing Company. U.S. News' Brian Kelly moderated a panel discussion.
Closing Keynote, May 20: The College Board's David Coleman offered a closing keynote address, which was followed by a panel discussion on cybersecurity. "A Matter of Global Security: Bridging the Cybersecurity Talent Gap." Valecia Maclin of Raytheon moderated the discussion among William DeLone, professor at Kogod School of Business and executive director of American University's Kogod Cybersecurity Governance Center, Troy Johnson, director of the U.S. Navy's cybersecurity division, Hahna Latonick, senior cyber engineer at Raytheon, and Edward Rhyne of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Jo Handelsman, associate director for science at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, offered closing remarks.