Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), who generated $11.6 billion in consolidated revenue for the year ended March 31, 2013, announced the results of its mapping analysis of STEMconnector’s ‘100 CEO Leader in STEM’ publication, a live survey of 100 American CEOs indicating the corporate voice of America on important STEM issues.
The CEOs plan to spend more than $3.27 trillion and employ 7.6 workers in an effort to increase STEM participation. Click here for the detailed plan.
Balaji Ganapathy, TCS North America’s Head of Workforce Effectiveness, revealed the top focus areas for the round table:
- · Technology and innovation as growth drivers
- · Diversity and women in STEM fields
- · The importance of these factors to the US economy and competitiveness as a nation
Using their Voice of Customer Analytics platform, the TCS Connected Marking Solutions team
analyzed and mined the CEO responses most emphasized in the STEMconnector report. In the report, 41 percent feel it is important to train young students and professionals in STEM education to meet future workforce needs; 40 percent strongly support STEM education for women and under supported minorities; and 35 percent feel technical training innovation is essential for economic growth and competitive advantage in the marketplace
N. Chandrasekaran, TCS CEO and Managing Director, unequivocally feels a technically savvy nation will have a competitive edge in the World economy.
“As we become more of a digital society, not only does STEM education lead to technology-led innovations, but also increased competiveness and production of a country. Future job growth will be in stem disciplines, and a nation aspiring to be global leader can use STEM education as a perfect platform for economic growth and prosperity.”
Surya Kant, TCS President North America, UK and Europe, feels the role of technology and innovation as a major contributor of US growth in STEM was insightful.
“The commitment of the 100 CEOs’ and the cross section consensus shows how deeply they feel about the issue of educating our youth, and inclusion of women and minorities in STEM.”
“We need several corporate leaders to answer the call-to-action, identify best practices for in-school and out-of-school programs, and make the commitment to use their core competencies and resources to bridge the US STEM gap,” Kant added.
Perhaps Baltimore (MD) City Public School System’s Bluford Drew Jemison STEM Academy, who applied to be an all-male charter middle school in 2007 and will graduate their first senior class next spring, can be a model for bridging the STEM gap.
Dr. Audrey Freeman, BDJ STEM’s Principal whose population consists of 98% African Americans, stresses preparing these young men to be “college-ready” by the time they leave BDJ’s walls and enter the workforce as young adults.
“We are a school that excites, engages, exposes, and promotes STEM fields through curriculum, instruction, school environment and extracurricular activities and programs in a way that scholars are more likely to see themselves pursuing STEM careers,” Dr. Freeman further elaborated.
Assistant Principal Clifton Martin worked for NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (Power System Engineer), Mathematics Teacher (BCPS, various colleges/universities), Maryland State Department of Education (Regional Coordinator for Career and Technology Education). As a BCPSS graduate Martin is a real-life example of this initiative at work.
“Poly (Baltimore Polytechnics Institute) was the only option in BCPSS when I was the age of our students, and you’re getting accepted to Poly unless you have an 80% average minimum in middle school. It’s in our charter to accept all BCPSS male students interested in STEM careers.”
“It is our goal to make BDJ STEM Academy the STEM career prep school in Baltimore City. I spent a good portion of my professional career in the STEM field, and I recognize the need for minorities–particularly African-American males–in the field,” Martin added.
Edie Fraser, STEMconnector CEO, summarized closing the gap, “It is all about CEO commitment. We must all take a collective action to ensure America’s youth and workforce is equipped with the STEM skills needed in the global market economy.”