Massachusetts STEM Summit 2022
In May 2021, the Massachusetts STEM Summit returned in a virtual format. After a challenging year brought on by the pandemic, the summit focused on how the STEM workforce has led us through those challenges as well as the pivotal role STEM plays in the future of the workforce in Massachusetts.
This year, STEM Summit 2022 will be held April 28th in a hybrid format, with both virtual and in-person sessions featuring captivating and thoughtful speakers throughout the Commonwealth with a common goal of inspiring a STEM start for all individuals.
Building off the STEM Advisory Council goals, this year's Summit aims to continue creating and sustaining high-quality, integrated STEM pathways, and deepening employer and educator partnerships.
There will be regional discussions with employers, school decision makers and administration officials about opportunities to partner, best practices, and the future of STEM in the Commonwealth. A library of prerecorded content celebrating and recognizing STEM learning innovation and best practices will also be available.
The Keynote speaker will be President Laurie Leshin, the 16th president and first woman, to lead Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). An accomplished geochemist and space scientist, she earned her BS in Chemistry, summa cum laude, at Arizona State University, and an MS and PhD in Geochemistry at the California Institute of Technology, which honored her in 2021 with its Distinguished Alumni Award. She also serves on the STEM Advisory Council and has played a key role in expanding access to high-quality STEM education for students across the Commonwealth. In May 2022, she will assume a new role, serving as the Director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, operated by Caltech for NASA.
History of the Massachusetts STEM Summit
With stimulating plenary speakers, diverse topical interest panel sessions, and opportunities for networking, the STEM Summit has grown into an annual opportunity for sharing innovative ideas, discussing groundbreaking policies and strategies, and celebrating the tremendous ongoing work taking place at all levels of education and workforce development throughout the state. Massachusetts has held an annual statewide STEM Summit since 2004.
In 2004, following the U.S. Department of Education’s National Summits on Mathematics and Science, Massachusetts launched the nation’s first statewide STEM Summit. Since then, the event has annually convened leaders and practitioners from the state’s education, business, and government sectors, all dedicated to promoting a STEM-literate workforce and citizenry across the Commonwealth.