Collaboration Between Industry and Education the Focus of ASQ's Advancing the STEM Agenda Conference

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Industry and education leaders will meet in June at the ASQ Education Division's Advancing the STEM Agenda conference to discuss the improvement and advancement of STEM education. More than 1 million college graduates with STEM-related degrees are needed in the next 10 years.

Improving strategies for effective and successful collaboration between industry and education is the focus of the third annual Advancing the STEM Agenda Conference, co-sponsored by the ASQ Education Division and Grand Valley State University’s Seymour and Esther Padnos College of Engineering and Computing.

The event is scheduled for June 3–4 and held at Grand Valley State University’s Pew Campus in Grand Rapids, Mich. GVSU’s School of Engineering was recognized in 2012 by the National Academy of Engineering as an exemplar of “Real World Engineering Education” for its co-op and capstone programs.

Education and industry leaders will meet at this year’s Advancing the STEM Agenda Conference to discuss the advancement and improvement of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education and increase the number of engineers and scientists in the workplace. According to a report presented to President Barack Obama by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, more than 1 million college graduates with STEM degrees are needed in the next 10 years.

The conference will further the STEM agenda by addressing industry partnerships and the transition to STEM careers; college-ready and transition to college STEM courses; the STEM gap and representation and access to STEM education; and higher education STEM-improved learning through teaching and communities.

Keynote speakers at the conference include:
-- Paul D. Plotkowski, dean of the Seymour and Esther Padnos College of Engineering and Computing, GVSU.
-- Reginald McGregor, manager of engineering employee development R&T strategy at Rolls-Royce Corporation (RRC) in Indianapolis, Ind.
-- Carrie Houtman, regulatory affairs leader at Dow Chemical who recently led Dow’s STEM education initiatives and represented Dow on President Obama’s Advanced Manufacturing Partnership.
-- Glenn Walters, deputy cabinet secretary at the New Mexico Higher Education Department.

Two panel discussions are planned for the conference, designed to improve collaboration between education and industry. Industry and university representatives will offer perspectives on how to best improve collaboration, encouraging attendees to develop their own strategies for developing the next generation of engineers and scientists.

In addition, the Advancing the STEM Agenda conference will include four workshops:
-- Improving Graduation Rates at a Comprehensive University: A Case Study of Institutional Alignment and Process Improvement in Higher Education
-- How to Make Your Entrepreneurial Dreams a Reality
-- Developing Highly Effective Industry Partnerships: Co-op to Capstone Courses
-- Implementing and Assessing STEM Learning Communities

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About ASQ
ASQ is a global community of people dedicated to quality who share the ideas and tools that make our world work better. With millions of individual and organizational members of the community in 150 countries, ASQ has the reputation and reach to bring together the diverse quality champions who are transforming the world’s corporations, organizations and communities to meet tomorrow’s critical challenges. ASQ is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., with national service centers in China, India and Mexico. Learn more about ASQ’s members, mission, technologies and training at

The ASQ Education Division informs, inspires and networks on developing knowledge, best practices and research on quality in education in K-12, higher education and the workforce. Its members are educators, administrators and quality professionals throughout the world and at all education levels.

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