Wanda M. Austin, Ph.D., president, and CEO of The Aerospace Corporation

The U.S. News STEM Solutions National Leadership Conference is the fourth year for the annual event aimed at addressing problems in the pipeline to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education and careers.

The conference is a call to action and put a special emphasis on increasing the ranks of women, minorities, veterans, and other underserved and underrepresented populations in STEM careers.

Also, the keynote and breakout sessions will highlight the solutions, best practices, and model programs making an impact across the nation.

Among the keynote speakers are familiar faces who have featured in Career Communications Group (CCG) publications, including US Black Engineer & Information Technology magazine, Hispanic Engineer, and Women of Color, as well as CCG events such as the Women of Color STEM Conference and the BEYA STEM Conference.

Keynote speakers at the U.S. News STEM Solutions National Leadership Conference, include Wanda M. Austin, Ph.D., president and CEO of The Aerospace Corporation, Antonio R. Flores, Ph.D., president and CEO of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, Michael L. Lomax, Ph.D., president and CEO, United Negro College Fund, and Anna M. Park, CEO and Board Member – Great Minds in STEM.

Other speakers include Brian Johnson, Ph.D., president, Tuskegee University, Judson Haynes III, Ph.D., president of the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE), Shirley Malcom, Ph.D., head of Education and Human Resources Programs at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Gabriel A. Montaño, Ph.D., president , Society for Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) Los Alamos National Laboratory; Andre H. Sayles, Ph.D., principal deputy director, Office of Economic Impact and Diversity – U.S. Department of Energy, Mark D. Vaughn, Ph.D., Technical Talent Pipelining Manager; Lead, Technology Community Office of STEM – Corning Incorporated; Chad Womack, Ph.D., National Director, STEM Initiatives – UNCF; John Michael Lee, Jr., Ph.D., Assistant Vice President, Alumni Affairs and Advancement – Florida A&M University, and Meisha Sherman, Director, Global Talent & Organizational Development – Hewlett-Packard.

Tuskegee University President Johnson will address the topic of The Historically Black College and University (HBCU) and HIS (Hispanic Serving Institution) Advantage. Johnson will speak today at 3:30 PST about the roles historically black and Hispanic institutions play in producing STEM graduates.

For more information, go to http://usnewsstemsolutions.com/speakers

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