New Hampshire STEM Forum 2012

STEM Seminar at UNH

Jay B. Labov, Senior Adviser for Education and Communications, National Academy and National Research Council, served as the keynote speaker at the statewide forum on increasing STEM graduates in New Hampshire on Nov. 27, 2012. Download his complete PowerPoint presentation.  (Mike Ross/UNH Photographic Services)

About the NH STEM Forum 2012

A 2012 report by the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology concluded that if the United States is to maintain its pre-eminence in the STEM fields—science, technology, engineering and mathematics—and gain the related social, economic and national-security benefits, then we must produce approximately 1 million more STEM workers over the next decade.

On Nov. 27, 2012, New Hampshire’s top educators and business leaders met in Manchester to discuss the importance of increasing STEM graduates.

Keynote speaker Jay Labov, of the National Research Council, told educators that science education at every level has become too much about trying to make sure students know certain key facts. Today, education reformers are going through the slow process of trying to change this at every level.

STEM Seminar at UNH

Ali Rafieymehr, Dean of UNH Manchester, left, introduces panelists (from left) Gov. John Lynch, Jeremy Hitchcock, CEO DYN, Inc., Erica Johnson, Director, UNH Interoperability Lab, and Joe Morone, President and CEO, Albany International Corp, who presided over a STEM forum at UNH Manchester on Tuesday, November 27, 2012.   (Mike Ross/UNH Photographic Services)

New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch moderated a panel of industry representatives including Jeremy Hitchcock, CEO, DYN, Inc.; Erica Johnson, Director, UNH Interoperability Lab; and Joe Morone, President and CEO, Albany International Corp.  Governor-elect Maggie Hassan also appeared in support of the STEM Forum Collaborative and videos from U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte reinforced the urgent need for action. Michael Thomas, President and CEO, New England Board of Higher Education, moderated breakout sessions conducting a SWOT analysis on doubling STEM graduates in New Hampshire by 2025.

In the News:

NH Public Radio: Businesses to educators – More STEM grads needed now
Associated Press: USNH, community focus on tech grads
STEM effort highlight of USNH state budget request
University and Community College Systems of NH commit to increasing STEM graduates.
Report: Encouraging STEM graduates is in national interest

Additional STEM Resources:

Forum breakout session reports: Read about the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, challenges, leverage points and conclusions of groups that met to create the groundwork for increasing STEM graduates. (docx)

EPSCoR offers searchable database for NH STEM programs

Articulation agreements: This website offers details on the agreements that connect NH’s public colleges and universities.

BHEF STEM Higher Ed and Workforce Project Overview (pdf)

BHEF National and Regional Workforce Projects Booklet (pdf)

Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities (SENCER): Learn about SENCER’s summer institutes, which can be found under “Symposia.”

National Academies Summer Institutes on Undergraduate Education: The institutes invite college and university educators to develop teaching skills at workshops to transform the undergraduate classroom.