Reworking STEM for the 21st century


In the photo (from left): Michael V. Drake, MD, president of Ohio State University;

C. Daniel Mote, Jr., PhD, president of the National Academy of Engineering;

and Jeff Wadsworth, PhD, president & CEO of

This week, I joined the National Academy of Engineering/Battle symposium at The Ohio State University on the development of the STEM workforce. It’s difficult to over-emphasize the
importance that STEM education will play in our technologically-dependent

All individuals deserve access to a quality, robust STEM education, for this ensures our nation has a top-notch, diverse science and engineering workforce. NSF works to ensure this by investing in STEM education across a wide spectrum – from kindergarten through post-doctorate education, for both students and teachers.

STEM fields are the primary drivers of American
competitiveness in an increasingly global economy. Research shows that more than half of U.S.
economic growth over the last 50 years has resulted from improved productivity
brought about by STEM-led innovations. This is why expanding and extending STEM opportunities across the Nation is critical to our future.