Monday, May 22, 2017

John Skrentny, University of California, San Diego

Is there a STEM worker crisis? Science and Engineering Workforce Development in the U.S.

Time and Location: Time and Location: Time and Location: 3:00-4:30 PM, CERAS Building, 520 Galvez Mall, Stanford CA 94305 (Room 123)

There is widespread and bipartisan agreement that “STEM” (science, technology, engineering and math) workers are critical for innovation to drive economic growth. There is considerable conflict, however, regarding the question of whether or not there is a shortage bordering on crisis in the U.S., or whether there is in fact a surplus of STEM workers. This presentation will explore the debate, shedding light on the history of the American goal of increasing the number of STEM workers, how that goal has changed over time, and why there might be—or might not be—a current crisis in the number of STEM workers. In doing so, the presentation will explore some potential factors shaping STEM workforce development.