CIESE Conference: “Encouraging Students toward STEM & IT Careers,” March 23

HOBOKEN, N.J. - Stevens Institute of Technology’s Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education (CIESE), along with the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association, the New Jersey School Counselor Association, and the New Jersey Department of Education will present a one-day conference titled “Encouraging Students toward STEM & IT Careers,” March 23, 2010, 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at the FEA Conference Center, 12 Centre Drive, Monroe Township, N.J. Registration is $95 to cover conference and luncheon for all attendees.

Organized to increase awareness of opportunities in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and IT (information technology) fields, this conference offers specific examples and strategies that illustrate pathways for all students, particularly women and underrepresented groups, to participate in the technical professions. It also offers a big picture view of the economic imperative to produce more STEM and IT graduates. Conference attendees will hear from students and successful practitioners in these fields about the academic challenges and rewards of their pursuit. Education professionals will have an opportunity to explore strategies for engaging teachers and students in STEM studies.

Conference highlights include:

- Keynote – Thea Sahr, Associate Director, Educational Outreach WGBH, Boston’s Public Television Station and Project Director for Engineer Your Life; ‘ Encouraging Students Toward STEM & IT Careers’

- Break Out Sessions: Emerging Careers in High Demand STEM Fields: Homeland Security, Nanotechnology, Cyber Security, Biomedical Engineering, Systems Engineering, Alternative Energy

- Why are Women and Minorities Still Underrepresented in STEM Careers? Susan Metz, Past President, Women in Engineering Proactive Network

- Student Panel – Why I Decided to Study Engineering and How I Not Only Survived but Thrived! Moderator, Shane Topping, Director of Admissions/Transfer Coordinator, Undergraduate Admissions

- Break Out Sessions (Repeat of Morning Sessions)

- New Jersey STEM/IT Standards ( Sandra Albert, Director, Office of Math and Science Education NJ Department of Education)

- Closing Comments, Evaluations, Adjourn (Jodi Mochel, Professional Development Chair, NJ School Counselor Association)

Who: Principals, Supervisors and School Counselors

When: March 23, 2010

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Where: FEA Conference Center, 12 Centre Drive, Monroe Township, NJCost: $95

About Stevens Institute of Technology

Founded in 1870 and celebrating 140 Years of Innovation, Stevens Institute of Technology, The Innovation University TM , lives at the intersection of industry, academics and research.  The University's students, faculty and partners leverage their collective real-world experience and culture of innovation, research and entrepreneurship to confront global challenges in engineering, science, systems and technology management.

Based in Hoboken, N.J. and with a location in Washington, D.C., Stevens offers baccalaureate, master’s, certificates and doctoral degrees in engineering, the sciences and management, in addition to baccalaureate degrees in business and liberal arts.  Stevens has been recognized by both the US Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security as a National Center of Excellence in the areas of systems engineering and port security research. The University has a total enrollment of more than 2,200 undergraduate and 3,700 graduate students with almost 450 faculty. Stevens’ graduate programs have attracted international participation from China, India, Southeast Asia, Europe and Latin America as well as strategic partnerships with industry leaders, governments and other universities around the world. Additional information may be obtained at and