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March 7, 2013
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  • Maine looks to keep local STEM grads in state
    High-tech industries in Maine need to do a better job of providing paid internships and other incentives for the state's science, technology, engineering and math students to encourage them to seek careers close to home, said Michael Dubyak, CEO of South Portland-based WEX. He said he hopes that Project Login, a campaign led by Educate Maine and the University of Maine System that aims to double the number of STEM graduates in the University of Maine System by 2016, will help. "There's a big problem with IT talent around the country," Dubyak said. "Demand is growing faster than supply." Portland Press Herald (Maine) (3/7) Email this Story
  • STEM program sends student to Ala. space center
    New Jersey-based Honeywell sent Illinois high-school student Skyler Streff to Alabama's U.S. Space & Rocket Center for a program aimed at highlighting careers in science, technology, engineering and math. Streff, a student at Glenbrook South High School, participated in experiments, learned about rockets and took part in other activities with 226 other students from 30 countries during the Honeywell Leadership Challenge Academy program. Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (3/5) Email this Story
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  • PTC provides more than financial support for STEM programs
    Technology company PTC sees investments in school programs devoted to science, technology, engineering and math as opportunities to both stimulate student interest in STEM careers and demonstrate social responsibility, writes John Stuart, PTC senior vice president. To that end, PTC has provided financial help for school robotics programs, as well as the actual technology to help design the robots. The company is also developing a teacher certification program to improve educators' STEM teaching skills, he writes. IndustryWeek (3/6) Email this Story
  • The pluses of being a civil engineer
    Civil engineering is the "most personable of the engineering disciplines," says engineer Nigel Parker. Brian Burrell, vice president of technical programs for the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering, also explains there are many options for specialization in civil engineering as well as opportunities to work internationally. In addition, demand for civil engineers is growing. "Many of the infrastructures we have today were built in the post-Second World War era and are reaching the end of their service life," says Parker. "It's an area that will require significant investment." The StarPhoenix (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) (3/2)
  • Will there be enough workers to support petrochemical expansion?
    U.S. oil and natural gas producers are finding it difficult to source sufficiently skilled employees for petrochemical expansions that could be worth $100 billion. "The oil and gas industry has a missing generation. You have men and women who are in their 50s, and then from ... 1985 to the late 1990s, no one was graduating with petroleum engineering degrees and those sorts of things," said Carl Tricoli, global natural resources chief at Denham Capital Management. Bloomberg Businessweek (3/7) , Reuters (3/6)
  • Ga. universities offer model for campus diversity
    Over the past decade, enrollment of African-American male students in the University System of Georgia has risen by 80%. The African-American Male Initiative focused on improving the pipeline from high school to college. Other programs included advanced classes in reading and math for black students and others recruited students from rural areas. Colleges "have to have an integrated, comprehensive approach where all parties are working together," said the initiative's director, Arlethia Perry-Johnson. The Chronicle of Higher Education (free content) (3/5)
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