On Capitol Hill: Ioannis Miaoulis Discusses Engineering for Underrepresented Minorities
April 22, 2014
On February 19, during National Engineers Week, Museum of Science, Boston president and director Ioannis Miaoulis joined DuPont's director of engineering Gayle J. Gibson and Raytheon's vice president of mission assurance Robert L. Curbeam Jr. on Capitol Hill in a panel discussion of new data revealing disturbing trends in engineering degree attainment for people of color. These trends point to a continued lack of educational access, resulting in a failure to tap the creative potential of millions of Americans as the nation struggles to remain at the forefront of innovation.
Change the Equation (CTEq) CEO Linda Rosen moderated the STEM Salon panel examining the workforce implications of this shortage. The CTEq initiative also released its new brief, Engineering Emergency: African Americans and Hispanics Still Lack Pathways to Engineering, which explores critical gaps in the engineering pipeline.
The Museum of Science, led by Miaoulis, launched the National Center for Technological Literacy® to enhance knowledge of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) for all. The NCTL advocates for federal legislation such as the Educating Tomorrow's Engineers Act and the STEM Gateways Act to provide resources to states to further integrate engineering learning in and out of classrooms.
The NCTL's Engineering is Elementary® curriculum, was chosen for its focus on girls and students of color by Change the Equation as part of President Obama's "Educate to Innovate" STEM campaign, while the NCTL's out-of-school time Engineering Adventures is a CTEq STEMworks exemplar. All NCTL curricula are designed to engage both sexes and people of all colors, backgrounds, and cultures, involving students in engineering before stereotyping about math and science discourages them.
NCTL curricula have reached an estimated 70,600 teachers and 5.3 million students in 50 states. The STEM Salon was hosted by Change the Equation with the American Society for Engineering Education, American Society of Civil Engineers, ASME, DiscoverE, IEEE-USA, National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, the Museum's NCTL, and the Society of Women Engineers.