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Nov 12 2010

IEEE-USA President Explores the Global Future of STEM Literacy

New York, N.Y. (Nov. 12, 2010)
– New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) presents “STEM Literacy’s Role in U.S. Competitiveness,” a free lecture by IEEE-USA President Evelyn Hirt on Wednesday, Nov. 17 at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway.

Presented by NYIT’s School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, the lecture is part of NYIT’s 21st-Century Leaders Speakers Series, and is open to the NYIT community and the general public. It will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway, located at 1871 Broadway, between 61st and 62nd Streets in New York City.

Hirt will explore how a nation’s competitiveness is tied to its abilities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, commonly referred to as STEM disciplines. The need for STEM literacy is not limited to students seeking college degrees in those fields, she said, but for everyone who has to meet the challenges of the 21st-century.

“We all should become more technologically savvy,” said Hirt. “It’s more important to acquire STEM knowledge and skills to use at home and work than it is to have a STEM credential. With more technologically savvy citizens and workers, the country would be able to out-create and out-innovate other countries in terms of global competitiveness.”

As IEEE-USA president, Hirt leads an organization that advances public policies and provides career resources for more than 210,000 U.S. IEEE members who work as engineers, scientists, and computer professionals.

For more than 37 years, Hirt’s multidisciplinary career in engineering has focused on technical specialization in systems and controls and engineering management. Her professional experiences bridge the industrial, government, and academic communities, and she has held leadership positions in a number of professional technical societies.

Hirt is a principal professional and engineer at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and is also a director of the American Association of Engineering Societies Board and a director on the IEEE Board. She holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Detroit, a master’s degree in engineering management, and a certificate in project management from Washington State University.

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